The Five Dangerous Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
You may be shocked to learn that a significant portion of successful business owners have a particular set of characteristics or behaviors that help them succeed early on but ultimately become a hindrance later on.
They are frequently the cause of ongoing stress, overload, exhaustion, and stagnant income.
Thus, although having these seemingly advantageous qualities usually indicates that you’re bright, motivated, aspirational, diligent, have a strong work ethic, and can handle stress well, it could also indicate that you’re:
- Frequently feeling overburdened and unappreciated
- constantly pressed for time to meet deadlines
- Often on the verge of exhaustion
- Feeling overburdened and anxious all the time
- surrounded by those who fall short of your expectations and disappoint you
- Fearful of taking on additional responsibilities since you’re already barely getting by?
Therefore, even though going all out might get you ahead in the beginning, if you don’t get your habits under control early on, there could be dangerous consequences. If you stay too long, it will negatively impact your personal life, relationships, and health.
The following five detrimental habit addictions in high-achieving entrepreneurs:
1. Human action
When you only feel “worthy” or “enough” when you’re being useful, productive, or valuable, this behavior manifests. You experience feelings of laziness, worthlessness, or time wastage when you’re not busy (overachieving). You are unable to ever unplug because you are addicted to being busy. Long-term resilience, creativity, problem-solving, and recuperation may all be hampered by this.
2. Addiction to completion
You never allow yourself to be totally present, in the here and now, at peace, or in harmony with life, until all of your to-do lists, unfinished business, problems, and unanswered questions are resolved. A topic or project never truly leaves your mind until it’s finished, approved, and signed off on!
You race through your day, never stopping to rest, recuperate, or simply be present because you are so desperate for the sense of completion that never materializes. This poses a special challenge for extended projects.
3. Paying too much attention to details
High performance is incompatible with perfectionism. It’s an unrealistic expectation that frequently results from a fear of looking foolish or making a mistake.
You constantly search for things that are flawed or inadequate, and you always discover something. Tasks take ten times longer than they should, nothing you do feels good enough, or you frequently give up before you even start because you feel overwhelmed.
4. Thinking and analyzing too much
In addition to the fear of failing, this habit is also motivated by the fear of criticism or judgment. You now have an infinite number of “What ifs.” There’s no such thing as certainty and predictability, and you “need” them. Before anything even happens, you need to know what will happen, when it will happen, and how!
This characteristic is frequently paired with control issues, the need to feel safe and secure by controlling everyone and everything. You’re attempting to predict and exert covert control even if you’re not doing it overtly because you’re worried that people will perceive you as being controlling. In any case, it’s very draining.
5. Appealing to the masses
The last common high-achieving characteristic we observe is the inability to say “no,” even though you wish you could say “yes,” all the time. Your boundaries are unclear to you. Even if you did, you’re always going against them and your own standards out of a desire to please people and a fear of receiving criticism or judgment once more. You find it difficult to say “no” without feeling extremely guilty or dwelling on the past.
High achievers become fixated on details as a result of these negative habits. You have a persistent need to validate your identity or position. You frequently find yourself mired in thought, fretting and ruminating while attempting to make everything ideal.
You eventually reach your limit and are overburdened by work, stress, and overwhelm. You won’t get there with what brought you here. Now is the time to achieve personal success equal to that of professional success.
If you continue to be dependent on these behaviors and the outdated self that motivates them, you will never be able to overcome your glass ceiling.