The Reasons Why I’ve Failed in the Past

Eleven slip-ups, and how I’ve learned from each of them.

Toby Hazlewood
Oct 31, 2019 · 8 min read
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Why me? (Photo by Inzmam Khan from Pexels)

Being drawn by the goal rather than the process

Focusing upon the mechanism and the method rather than the message

Spending too much time looking for short-cuts and hacks

Thinking I could buy my way to success

Blaming others, imperfect conditions or lack of resources for disappointing results

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It could all come crashing down… (Photo by La-Rel Easter on Unsplash)

Listening to people around me

Not listening to people around me

Discounting lifelong learning and personal growth and development

Believing it was too late and that I didn’t have time

“Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and grossly underestimate what they can achieve in ten years.”

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty-years ago. The next best time is now.”

Not being sure what I wanted (and looking in the wrong places and wrong ways, to find out)

Not acknowledging or being grateful for all that I already had

Summing up

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