4 Behaviors to Quit to Start Having a Successful Career

4 Behaviors to Quit to Start Having a Successful Career

Whether you are experienced or just starting out, there are four behaviors you must quit to start having a successful career. Sometimes, the best way to be successful is to let go of behaviors that either wittingly or unwittingly hold us back.

Building a successful career is not always about “making lots of money”.  Sometimes, you will find the behaviors of successful people involve quitting the following.

1. Assigning blame to others for their own problems

The scariest thing to do to start having a successful career is acknowledge that all the things we experience are the results of our own choices.

You will never find behaviors of successful people to include things like, “Being a victim of other people’s choices”. Those already building a successful career never point fingers at others for their own failures. Instead, they learn and grow from their failures.

It is a waste of time. They know having a successful career involves learning from your own mistakes and moving forward.

2. Complaining how life is unfair

There are many stories of the behaviors of successful people and how they succeed in the face of diversity. Many who never enjoy having a successful career got past the fact that life is unfair and bad things happen to good people.

Behaviors of successful people include humility, patience, and the ability to know when it is the right time to be diplomatic. Successful people know their plans for having a successful career can be derailed at any time. So, why bother complaining? It is pointless and a waste of energy.

Building a successful career requires accepting, but never complaining, about how life can be unfair. It takes away time and energy that is best spent on working to achieve success.

3. Acting like they know everything

This is a tough one to quit. We live in a time where we can Google anything for an answer to our questions.  But those who are building a successful career know better. They know more than simply “what people did to succeed”. They know the best way to be successful is to figure things out on their own and listen more than they speak.

They are having a successful career because they do not cut people off mid-sentence and choose to listen to both sides of a story. Sure, some of it bores a successful person to tears, but they are always analyzing what is being said and how to use it effectively for their career.

Most importantly, they are never arrogant about having an answer to a question (a sign someone is unhappy and insecure).

4. Being a follower

Have you ever wondered how people are having successful careers when it seems the entire world is against them? Leaders succeed because they know building a successful career requires something summed up in this quote:

“I never listen to critics. I don’t even ignore them.”

One behavior of successful people is to move forward regardless of what others think. Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, is known for this famous quote:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’.”

Indeed, having a successful career requires being misunderstood. A successful person knows that is ok. Only followers care what others think.

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