The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways That We Sabotage Our Success

Written by Martin Avis

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7. Hate change.

Put simply, it is far easier to sit back and do what you know, than to innovate.

Yet business or business person who is content to let things carry on as they always did will quickly find to their cost thatrepparttar world doesn't wait with them.

'Change isrepparttar 102013 law of life. And those who look only torepparttar 102014 past or torepparttar 102015 present are certain to missrepparttar 102016 future.' John F. Kennedy.

8. Try once, then stop.

We are all guilty of this at some time. If at first you don't succeed, give up.

Success doesn't see it that way at all. The road to success is almost never paved. It is full of potholes, littered withrepparttar 102017 blown down trunks of deserted dreams and blocked by obstacles. But there is gold atrepparttar 102018 end, and unless you keep on trekking, you will never find it.

Edison made 10,000 useless light bulbs before he foundrepparttar 102019 one that worked.

J. K. Rowling sent Harry Potter to 20 publishers before one took her on.

They never gave up. Successful people don't.

'Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.' Thomas Edison.

9. Think that you are more important thanrepparttar 102020 customer.

Let's be arrogant. We can tell our customers what they want, and they'll thank us for it. Yeah right. And Ford still make only black cars!

I had lunch withrepparttar 102021 editor of a major British women's magazine a few years ago and asked her how she responded to feedback from her readers.

'My dear,' she said, 'I'mrepparttar 102022 editor. It is my job to tell them what they want, notrepparttar 102023 other way round.'

It came as no surprise that 6 months later she was fired, and a few months after thatrepparttar 102024 magazine folded.

Don't ever be guilty of corporate arrogance. Evenrepparttar 102025 might Coca Cola company can be brought to heel by angry consumers (overrepparttar 102026 introduction in 1985 of New Coke). Just think what negative PR could do to you.

10. Sit back and wait for it to happen.

Whoever said 'Build a better mousetrap and they'll beat a path to your door', had no idea of how business works.

You can haverepparttar 102027 best web site,repparttar 102028 best book,repparttar 102029 best store inrepparttar 102030 mall, but if you don't tell anyone, so what?

The very word business meansrepparttar 102031 state of being busy.

Marketing and innovation arerepparttar 102032 locks onrepparttar 102033 door of successful businesses. Action isrepparttar 102034 key that opens that door so that you can see, as Howard Carter put it when he openedrepparttar 102035 tomb of Tutankhamen, 'Wonderful things.'

'The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.' William J. H. Boetcker.

11. Listen to your peers.

Surely it is a good idea to listen to what your Dad has to say about your business? Or your sister, or doctor, or cab driver?

Everyone has an opinion. Unfortunately, most people are programmed to fail, and can't seerepparttar 102036 positive aspect of anything.

If you allow other people's negativity to infect your thinking, all of your endeavors are doomed. Most will probably never even get started.

It is vital that you have faith in what you are doing. If you have that faith, and you have seriously thought through allrepparttar 102037 issues, surround yourself with positive people and go for it.

12. Don't belive you can succeed.

What has self-belief got to do with it? Either you have a successful business, or you don't.

Trust me on this. If you have a cast-iron, unshakeable belief in your future success, then every action you take will be a positive one. It may take time, but you will be onrepparttar 102038 right path.

Nothing else is more important than this self-belief.

But,repparttar 102039 moment you allow any doubt to creep in, you will instantly be onrepparttar 102040 road to failure.

Let's giverepparttar 102041 last word to Abraham Lincoln who said, 'Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and inrepparttar 102042 end, you are sure to succeed.'

Martin Avis is a management and training consultant. To get your unfair advantage (and 6 free gifts) in Internet marketing, business and personal success, subscribe free to his weekly newsletter, BizE-zine. or visit his information-packed website at

For What Purpose?

Written by Rob Wheeler

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Let me give you an example. When I was about six years old my parents divorced. As I wasrepparttar eldest of two boys I was told that I wasrepparttar 102012 "man ofrepparttar 102013 house." At six years of age I had no idea of how to berepparttar 102014 man ofrepparttar 102015 house. This thought was enforced by being repeated by loving family members throughout my childhood. I was often told that I was "..doing a great job as man ofrepparttar 102016 house..." The truth ofrepparttar 102017 matter was that I didn't know how to berepparttar 102018 man ofrepparttar 102019 house. But, I quickly learned that as long as I did nothing "wrong" they would love me.

Overrepparttar 102020 years this developed into, "...If I do nothing, they will still love me..." As a result there are many instances where I "did nothing" It was a safe place to be. It was also a roadblock to becoming successful. For doing nothing results in nothing.

So what to do? The very first thing that I had to dig deep within and uncover what I knew was there. My Purpose for BEing. With careful cultivation I developed a statement that make my heart sing. The purpose of my life is to share with individuals (just like you)repparttar 102021 REALITY of Living every moment with Love, Harmony and Mindful Abundance.

Now when those thoughts of "do nothing" appear, I choose to shift towards truly living on Purpose. I use that word "towards" on purpose as well. We get so excited that we recogize these old limiting patterns are runningrepparttar 102022 show so we are constantly shifting....and not getting anywhere with it. If a shift is based in fear, andrepparttar 102023 shift is based in running away from your old limiting patterns then it is destined to be shallow and not entirely effective.

My good friend, Julie Jordan Scott, put it this way: "When a shift is based on Moving Towards your TRUE purpose and you are INTENTIONALLY and truly FOCUSED on your life purpose, you have a tool which can be life changing."

So now whenrepparttar 102024 question is asked, For What Purpose? I have an answer.

Rob Wheeler is an Internet Marketing Solutions Partner, speaker, teacher, Mentor, Life Purpose coach and Webmaster. Other works can be found on his site: Subscribe to "Perspectives" for free, now via email:

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