What things should I stop doing at work immediately in order to succeed?
by BERNIE KLINDER
We all have the same 1,440 minutes in our day. Once spent, they are lost forever. Successful people are ruthless about their time and how they spend it.
It’s hard to know what to advise you to stop doing, without knowing what you are doing, but let me start with this list:
Stop wasting time
We all have the same 1,440 minutes in our day. Once spent, they are lost forever. Successful people are ruthless about their time and how they spend it. Are you spending your evenings after work doing something that moves you towards your goals, or wasting it on social media. Do you spend weekends building something, or learning something new or hanging at the bar with your friends?
Stop waiting for something to fall into your lap
We’ve all heard stories about people who were in the right place at the right time and success fell into their lap. So many people walk around without a plan, “waiting” their entire life for something similar to happen.
Stop abusing your health
Your body is the machine you use to make things happen in your life. Nutrition, hydration, sleep, and activity all impact your cognitive functions: your ability to think, solve problems, make good decisions, and learn new things. If you aren’t treating your health as if you are seeking to function at a peak performance level, you are handicapping yourself. Eat like an athlete, work out like you’re training for a world-class event. Cut alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs out of your life.
Stop hanging out with people that drag you down
Your peer group and your network determine what opportunities present themselves in your life. According to Jim Rohn, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”, and I’ve seen this first hand.
You don’t have to abandon your friends, but you should spend more time with people you admire — people that inspire you and drive you to be more than you are today. Otherwise, you’ll just be a crab in a bucket.
Stop wasting money
Money always finds a use. You will never run out of wants or things to spend money on no matter how much you buy. All the crap you think is important or cool today will be in a dumpster a few years from now. Money is a resource that can be used to propel your life forward and leapfrog others when an opportunity presents itself.
Having months of salary in your bank account lets you take career risks, and gives you mobility and freedom. Money makes you agile. Don’t waste it on mindless entertainment and meaningless status symbols.
Stop caring about what everyone else is doing
If you do what everyone else is doing, you’ll get what everyone else gets. If you want to be at the top of whatever field or activity is important to you, you need to learn what that group is doing.