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by Zdravko Cvijetic | April 18, 2017


Sometimes to get closer to the person you want to be, you don’t need to add to your skillset but rather give up certain things about yourself. To that end, here are five things to give up if you want to be successful.

1. Give Up On Playing Small

If you never try to take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you’ll never unleash your true potential, and the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved. So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.

2. Give Up Believing In the “Magic Bullet”

Overnight success is a myth. Successful people know that making small continual improvements every day will compound over time and give them desirable results.

That is why you should plan for the future but also focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just one percent every day.

3. Give Up Your Perfectionism

Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try. Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents us from taking action and putting our creation out into the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if we wait for things to be right.

4. Give Up On Saying “Yes” To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals

Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they’ll have to say “no” to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues. In the short term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.

5. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked

No matter what you do, you won’t be able to make the entire market like you. This is entirely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself. The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve, and provide value every day, all the while knowing that the growing number of “haters” means that you’re doing important things.


Zdravko Cvijetic is an entrepreneur, writer, influencer, and the founder of Zero To Skill. His work has been translated into 19 languages and featured in more than 40 publications, including Forbes, CNBC, The Huffington Post, Inc., New York Observer, Thought Catalog, Quartz, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. You can get his free e-book by clicking on this link: The Ultimate Productivity Cheat Sheet.


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