There are certain things that no successful person ever says. Successful people are intentional about the words they speak, to themselves and to others. Today, I’m going to share 29 things successful people never say.
Some of these 29 things might seem obvious. Others some might surprise you, especially if you’ve based your definition of success on what Hollywood or the media says.
It is by no means a complete list, so I want to hear from you. Leave a comment below with what you would add. You can also tweet it using the hashtag #SuccessNeverSays.
- I never failed along the way.
- My dreams can wait.
- I never thought about quitting.
- Everyone believed in me.
- No one believed in me.
- I did it all by myself.
- I relied on others.
- I never lost any sleep.
- It’s too late to start.
- There’s plenty of time to start.
- Everyone thought it was a good idea.
- It was always fun.
- It was no fun.
- I’ve kept all the same friends.
- I never celebrate the little milestones.
- I listen to my doubters.
- I listen to no one.
- This is what my parents wanted for me.
- I avoid conflict.
- I never learned to delegate.
- I watch a lot of TV. (OK this doesn’t apply to people whose career is in TV)
- I let things like email, social media, and phone calls distract me.
- I keep quiet.
- I speak exactly what is on my mind.
- I never ask for help.
- I never cry.
- I said yes to everyone.
- I said no to everyone.
- I’ve got it all figured out.
Action item: Think of things that you say to yourself and others that you need to stop saying. Then stop saying them.
Action item 2: Tweet about that or something else successful people never say. Include the hashtag #SuccessNeverSays. Below are some images you can post on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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What would you add to this list? What else do successful people never say?