Top Habits of the Unsuccessful

As I have been trying to improve myself by understanding habits, especially those of the wealthy, I have stumbled across information regarding unsuccessful people. I was only going to focus on the positive with the idea of emulate what successful people do and forget everything else. But, I thought for comparison, it might be an interesting side note. Here are the common character traits of unsuccessful folk, in this reference I am referring to financial success once again, (an * denotes characteristics listed in multiple resources):

1.They think, say and do negative things**

2. They act before they think**

3.They talk much more than they listen**

4.They give up easily*

5. They try to bring others down to their level*


6.They waste their time***

7.They take the easy way out*

8.They believe they know it all

9.They fear change

10.They blame others

11.They are quick to criticize

12. They stop learning

13.They never set goals

14. Quick to hold grudges.

15. Hold to a sense of entitlement

16.Dont’ know what they want to be

17.Secretly hope others fail

18.Leave tasks incomplete/never finish things

19.Take credit from others

20. Watch television everyday****

21. Exude anger***

Obviously having a couple of these characteristics doesn’t mean you are an utter failure. So step in off the ledge. However, the funny thing I noticed is when I thought about several people i know that are not very successful, much of the list applied to them!

One characteristic that stuck out to me was #5, they try to bring others down to their level. This is why successful people are very careful with their friend group. If you are negative energy guy or girl, you gotta go. We all know these people. Life is always drama, often upset about something, personal life is a dumpster fire, never listens when you give them sound advice, every complaint is like listening to 100 other conversations you’ve had. These folk want company, they take pleasure in pulling you down. They might not say it, but they fear being alone and if you play their game, they will win.

Anyway, I posted the list because it sheds more light on the power of habits in our lives. Hope it helps you.

Big Dreamer

P.S. Funny that “watching televison every day” was listed in all 4 of my resources. Must be important…


36 thoughts on “Top Habits of the Unsuccessful

  1. I love this list! Hilarious! I think we all have a few of these traits. I know I complain a lot. I think I’ll share this list not only with my Twitter pals but the kiddos in my program. They could benefit from seeing this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so excited about this topic. it has been quite some time since I discussed these habits, but I installed them into my life over 6 months ago and they are life changing! Starting tomorrow I will be going through my list of successful habits one-by-one and discussing each. I am very excited!

  2. A very good list, also a list to check from to time for myself and see what bad habits come lurking around the corner again! I love to be in the positive sunshine but I am no Saint…I am enjoying your blog very much and I find it very inspiring! Thanks, Johanna

    1. I appreciate your kind words and I use the list of Habits of Successful People as my mission statement. It keeps me focused on keeping positive habits in place to aim at success. And your words keep me motivated and inspired to continue to produce the best content I can. I thank you for reading!!

  3. We haven’t had a TV in the house for nearly a year. And before that, we only watched occasional movies or TV shows on disc most of the past several years. I honestly don’t remember the last time I watched a movie, and I can’t say I miss it all that much! I used to feel dumber every time I went to my in-laws’ house and the TV was constantly on in the background. It made my 2 young children antsy and upset, too!

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