Five Stupid Mistakes Smart People Make

Over the course of our lives, we all develop unproductive habits that prevent us from achieving our goals. And often, in the fast-paced the world we live in and work in mmc996, we don’t realize that we are making the same mistakes over and over again. To live a balanced, beneficial life, and committed to a satisfactory long-term job, getting rid of these oversights is essential.

They Confuse Being Busy With Being Productive

In his book, The 4 Hours of Work a Week, Tim Ferris says: “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is often a form of mental laziness, lazy thinking, and indiscriminate action.”

This is Ferris’s way of saying, “Work smarter, not harder,” which turns out to be one of the most prevalent modern clichés of personal development. But like most cliches, few people really stick to it.

Just take a look around you. The employed outnumber the productive by a wide margin.

Busy people are in hurry always, and being late half the time. They are heading to work, a conference, a meeting, a social engagement, etc. They hardly have any free time to spend with their families, and they rarely get enough sleep. However, work emails constantly come to her phones like machine-gun bullets, and her schedule is full of obligations.

They Spend Time Chasing False Achievements

Personal growth is healthy. Personal growth is an achievement. As long as it’s real. The problem is that the pressure to grow brings with it the incentive to make growth easier. Or, more precisely, to make growth seem easier.

“Growth games” promoting false achievement are appearing online at an alarming rate. Many of them are contained within the products and services provided by popular brands such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Each contains a psychological aspect that supports a growth game full of false achievements – an accumulation of points that relate to the intended benefit of the product or service.

They Learn How To Do Something And Never Do It

Sadly, very few people lived to become the success story they dream of. And there is a very simple reason why: They never take action!

Acquiring knowledge does not mean that you are growing. Growing happens when what you know changes your way of life. Most people live completely dazed. They don’t really live. They just ‘get carried away’ because they never take the actions necessary to make things happen – to make their dreams come true.

Use Wrong Measurements To Track Your Progress

You can’t control what you don’t measure properly, and what you measure predicts your future. If you measure the wrong things, you will be completely blind to the opportunities that appear on the horizon.

Imagine if, during the execution of a small business, you decide to measure how many pencils and clips you use. Does that make any sense? Not! Because pencils and paper clips are not an important measure for a company. Pencils and paper clips are unrelated to income, customer satisfaction, market growth, etc.

They Are Obsessed With Doing The Perfect Things

Many of us are perfectionists. I know I am from time to time. We create high standards for ourselves and put the best of ourselves in view. We dedicate large amounts of time and attention to our jobs/passions to keep our personal standards high. Our passion for excellence leads us to run the extra kilometer, without ever stopping, without giving in. And this dedication to perfection undoubtedly helps us get results. As long as we don’t get carried away.

But what happens when we let ourselves be carried away by perfectionism?

We were unhappy and discouraged when we did not meet the (impossibly high) standards we set ourselves, making us reluctant to take on new challenges  or even finish the tasks we had already started. Our insistence on pinning each “i” and making the “T” roof perfect brings inefficiency, causing major delays, stress, and mediocre results.