7 Things Most Successful People Don’t Do

We all know that one person who just seems to be “naturally gifted” in whatever they choose to do.

So what separates the successful few from the rest of us?

  • Hard-work and grit?
  • God given talent?
  • Luck?

And what is it that they do that the rest of us don’t?

According to best-selling author and personal growth expert, Noah St John, it’s less about what they do and more about what they don’t do.

We’ve captured his wisdom in this awesome infographic that sheds some light on the mindset of the successful and how we can adopt it ourselves.

7 Things Successful people Don't Do

7 Things Successful people Don’t Do

Successful people simply don’t do these fundamental things

  1. Doubt Themselves: Successful people realize that doubting their own abilities results in missing opportunities, self-sabotage and living with one foot on the brakes. They know not to self-doubt no matter what (regardless how little the progress) as this could unconsciously stop them from living the life of their dreams.
  2. Go At It Alone: Behind every successful person there is a lot of help… from a lot of people. Successful people know that if they don’t have a support system, they will feel lost or alone. Having the right people around helps them fulfill their dreams.
  3. Fear Future Failure: The fear of failure leads to “paralysis by analysis”, which is waiting for everything to be perfect before taking action. Fearing future failure is like wanting to take a cross-country trip, but waiting for all the lights to turn green before you leave your driveway.
  4. Fear Their Success: The fear of success stems from the fear of criticism -being afraid of what others may say. A successful person doesn’t fear losing so-called “friends” when they have to do what they need to do, to get where they need to be. Real friends stick around.
  5. Tolerate Clutter: This is the “elephant in the room”. For successful people, disorganization is clutter. It causes unneeded delays, creates a feeling  of overwhelm and unnecessary stress.
  6. Ignore The Big Vision: Successful people acknowledge that being the best in the world is pointless if you don’t have a plan or direction. Taking time to step back and reflect on the big picture is crucial.
  7. Act Without Thinking: The plan is important, but it’s just one part. They acknowledge that the road to success is full of road blocks and that it’s important to embrace the need to improvise and pivot the strategy instead of blindly following a formula that “worked” for someone before.


  1. peninah

    Very enlighttening

  2. Venu

    Very useful and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.

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