Unlock your potential: The 7 things a successful person has to give up !

Have you ever thought of the work that goes on before success? Very few of us try to go behind the scenes and it is not always pretty or sophisticated. A successful person has to get his/her hands dirty on the path to success.

Success is a goal that most people aspire to achieve in their lives. However, success does not come easily, and there are certain things that successful people have to give up in order to attain it. For starters, Time is the most important sacrifice any success demands.

In this blog post, we will discuss seven things that successful people give up in order to achieve their goals.

1. Excess sleep

Successful people do not stay in their comfort zone. They are willing to step outside of their comfort zone and take risks. They understand that growth and success require discomfort and challenge. Most are open to new experiences and are willing to try things that may be difficult or uncomfortable. This often means giving up excess sleep, as they understand that too much sleep can be counterproductive and waste valuable time.

While getting enough rest is important for to maintain good health, successful people know that excessive sleep can lead to lethargy, decreased productivity, and missed opportunities.

Time and energy is prioritized by them , ensuring that enough rest is available to maintain their mental and physical health, but not so much that it interferes with their work or personal goals.

By giving up excess sleep, successful people are able to maximize their time and achieve greater success in all areas of their lives. They understand that success requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to make sacrifices in order to achieve their audacious goals.

2. Uncontrolled anger

Ability to remain calm and composed, even in the most challenging situations is a valuable quality. Successful people are ready to build on this and make genuine efforts as they understand the negative impact that anger can have on both their personal and professional lives.

Anger can cloud judgment, lead to poor decision-making, and damage relationships with others. Successful people recognize that their emotions are within their control and that they have the power to choose how they respond to situations. Instead of reacting with anger, they choose to remain level-headed and approach problems with a rational and objective mindset.

By avoiding anger, successful people are able to maintain healthy relationships, make sound decisions, and remain focused on their goals, ultimately leading them to greater success in all areas of their lives.

3. Urge for perfectionism

A minimum viable product or service is the initial goal of any practical Entrepreneur. Successful people do not strive for perfection. They know that perfection is unattainable, and they do not let the pursuit of perfection hold them back. Instead, they focus on progress and improvement. They set realistic goals and they work hard to achieve them. This allows them to approach challenges with a growth mindset, and to focus on progress rather than perfection. Growth Mindset is explained in detail in the book MINDSET by Carol Dweck.

Success brings practical understanding, which brings the realization that perfectionism is a trap that can hold you back and prevent from achieving full potential. While striving for excellence is important, perfectionism can lead to anxiety, procrastination, and self-doubt.

Getting started is the key!

4. Procrastination or laziness

Successful people do not procrastinate. They know that time is valuable and that every moment counts. They are disciplined and organized, and they make the most of their time. Important tasks are prioritized, and they are always looking for ways to be more productive.

Making excuses is not in their dictionary. They take responsibility for their actions and their decisions as they don’t believe in blaming others for their failures. Setbacks are also not able to discourage them. Instead, they learn from their mistakes and use them as opportunities for growth.

Why do we procrastinate?
Understanding procrastination

5. Entertainment and party

Understand the value of hard work and dedication towards their goals is the hallmark of successful people. They know that time is a precious commodity and must be used wisely. This often means making sacrifices, such as giving up entertainment and partying.

While these activities may seem like harmless fun, they can be major distractions that take away from valuable time and energy that could be better spent on personal growth and professional development.

Successful people know that success is not achieved overnight and that it requires consistent effort and discipline. By renouncing entertainment and partying, they are able to focus their time and energy on building the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their goals, ultimately leading them to greater success and fulfillment in life.

6. Toxic relationships

One of the most important sutras of success is to avoid and stay away from toxic relationships at all costs. Naysayers are often avoided by them to preserve their own sanity. They know that the people they associate with can have a significant impact on their success and well-being.

Toxic relationships are recognized fast, whether romantic, platonic, or professional, as they can hold them back and negatively affect them. By giving up toxic relationships, they free up time and energy to invest in relationships that are beneficial and fulfilling.

This allows them to focus on their goals and pursue their passions without the burden of negative energy or drama. Ultimately, successful people prioritize their own well-being and success, which means letting go of relationships that no longer serve them.

7. Self defeating thoughts

Successful people do not fear failure. Failure is seen as a natural part of the learning process. They understand that failure can be a valuable teacher and that it can help them to grow and improve. They take calculated risks and are not afraid to try new things. Negative thinking is often kept a mile away.

They focus on the positive aspects of their lives and their goals. Self defeating thoughts are kept at bay by surrounding themselves with growth minded counterparts. Believing in their abilities and potential keeps them grounded as they do not let doubts or fears to hold them back.

9. Conclusion

In conclusion, success requires sacrifice and hard work. Successful people have to give up certain things in order to achieve their goals. All of them have to be disciplined, focused, and willing to take risks.

By giving up procrastination, excuses, negative thinking, fear of failure, perfectionism, toxic relationships, and their comfort zone, successful people are able to achieve their dreams and live fulfilling lives.

Stop dreaming and start doing.


1. What are the sleep routines of few successful people?

Ans. Successful people value their time and need to sleep like everyone else. However, they follow a pattern with discipline. Following are the sleep routines of few successful people which will give few insights.

  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple: 7 hours (9:30pm — 4:30am)
  • Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft: 7 hours (12am — 7am)
  • Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group: 5–6 hours (12–5/6am)
  • Jack Dorsey, Co-founder of Twitter: 7 hours (10:30pm — 5:30am)
  • Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL: 6 hours (11pm — 5am)
2. Do successful people fail?

Ans. Yes, successful people do fail. However, they recognize failure early and move on to the next project quickly. They understand that greater risks takes time and provides greater rewards. They input their efforts according to the expected rewards.

3. Do successful people age fast?

Ans. There is no proof that successful people age fast. In fact, they are productive for many years after 60. Take the example of Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, Bill Gates who are still active.

4. Do all successful people start before the age of 20?

Ans. Not all successful people start before the age of 20. Michelin chef, Helene Darroze, HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington, Coca-Cola inventor John Stith Pemberton and McDonald’s Ray Kroc commenced their success journey only after the age of 50 years.

5. Do highly successful people become unhappy?

Ans. Yes, it is human nature as they are humans too. They become happy for different things and make corrections quickly by quick decisions and influencing others.

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