5 Things You Should Know That May Be Hindering Your Success


When it comes to your achievements and your accomplishments in life, you can always do a little more with the time that you have. But, some people never max out their full potential and reach their ultimate dreams because they come across things that work against them and their future accomplishments. We can describe these thing as pitfalls throughout someone’s career or personal life, and everyone may have come across one or more of these things at one point in their life and may not have even noticed it.

These things can not only hinder any future success you may want to accomplish, but it may also tarnish your happiness. Below, I am going to share 5 things that you may have come across that could be hindering your success. Study these things, and then turn to yourself and analyze your actions to determine if you have come across any of them. Once it has been brought to your attention, and any of these things are a part of your life, you can take the necessary action steps to get rid of them. Take charge of you life and improve your chances of success.


In your life, there may come a time where you have graduated from high school, graduated from college, and have went on to work on your career. Through the many years of learning and through the peak of your career, you begin to feel a sense of satisfaction. You have learned so much and feel a sense of accomplishment.

You feel ever so superior. You have a job, your finances are in order, and you can just go about living life never having to learn anything further, just perform your job well. It is at this point that complacency has creeped into your life and you no longer pursue any goals because you think you have already progressed so much. Complacency is an aspiration and dream killer.

Once you become complacent, life no longer takes on any meaning and because you are no longer improving yourself, or venturing out into the world, you slowly die on the inside. This happens to a lot of people including successful businessmen, actors, and even astronauts. Once you reach a certain level of success, you should never become complacent. Benjamin Franklin once said “Most men die at 25, we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” Continue to reach for more success, and never let your current successes hinder any further achievements.


This may be the greatest hindrance in many people’s success and accomplishments. We tend to begin to look for the shortest path to success and this can be due to laziness or impatience. Many people are ever so excited about something and begin to pursue it with tenacity, intensity, and vigor. In most people, that same intense focus starts to diminish as they begin to look at how long the process of achieving something might take.

So, they try to cheat or take another path to reach this accomplishment faster. This is a mistake. That impatience will hinder your success and any accomplishments you want to achieve because anything worth achieving takes hard work and patience. The road to success and reaching your full potential consists of you working day after day with the same enthusiasm and intense focus. This can be hard as we are creatures of natural impatience, but this is the true path to success.

Letting Others Guide You

Many people constantly look for the approval of others and let other’s opinions influence their decisions and actions. This is will create a hindrance in your success as you are constantly guided and blown here and there by the opinions of others. To reach your full potential and to continue to reach success, you must find yourself and what you want to do in this life.

If you constantly look for the approval of others in your work and life, you will never be able to find what ultimately works for you so that you can make it unique to yourself. You must develop internal standards and a high degree of independence. You must learn to be your own judge to the value of your work and life, or you will ultimately let the opinions of others determine your value.

Letting Your Creativity Die

Creativity in your work and life can create an abundance amount of success and financial stability. Letting your creative spirit flow can help you find more ways to make money, more ways to connect with people on a deeper level, and more ways to find success in every area of your life.

So many people let their creativity die because they become accustomed to what works instead of venturing from the normal. They continuously use strategies that others have used, or strategies that may have worked for them in the past that helped them reach a certain level of success. In order to continue your success, you have to remain creative in your life’s endeavors or you began to reach a downward spiral clutching and holding on to dead ideas.

Receiving Too Much Praise

When you receive a lot of praise for your previous accomplishments, whether it be in your life or career, you begin to do things that helps you to continue to receive that same level of praise every time. You begin to crave attention and you shape your work around your ego and the love for attention, instead of your brilliance that has let you attain this level of praise.

You lose yourself to your ego. This will hinder your success and any further accomplishments as you no longer pursue your work or life with the passion that once drove you, but you pursue it only to get attention. You must look at praise and public glory as diminishing to your brilliance and learn to take criticism well in order to help better yourself and your work.

Take Away:

There are many things in life that could be hindering your success, but until you realize what they are you can never prepare yourself against them. Here is a re-cap of the 5 things that may be hindering your success.

  • Complacency
  • Impatience
  • Letting others opinions guide your decisions and actions
  • Letting your creativity die
  • Receiving too much praise

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I am an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder of DreamsAre4Real.com. As a graduate from Michigan State University, for the past 4 years I have dedicated my life to personal development, studying what it takes to become successful, understanding psychology, and how to stay motivated in order to achieve anything in life. I believe and most certainly have a passion for reaching my full potential, and I want to inspire others to do the same.

Discussion18 Comments

  1. Impatience
    Letting Your Creativity Die
    Letting others opinions guide your decisions and actions

    These three for me are the things that could hinder success the most. However, it depends on the person if he or she will let impatience ruin his/her goal, if he/she will let others washout the thing you have in your mind.

    These are some mistakes that we should be conscious of. If we sense like we’re in that certain circumstances, we should bear in mind and think of our target to success and never let these spoil everything.

    • Yes, those three are great. I think impatience is the biggest dream and success killer. Also, you are correct. It is ultimately up to the person if they let impatience push them away from their goals. We must take responsibility for our own actions.

  2. Hi Law,

    Indeed, Complacency,Impatience,Letting others opinions guide your decisions and actions,Letting your creativity die and Receiving too much praise could be hindrances for success.

    It could be different strokes for different folks hence there is still the need to determine the point of individual weakness.

    These five things do not apply at all but they greatly affect the unsuspecting individual negatively. The real cure for all is to push for consistent disciplined action.

    This comment was left in kingged.com as well

    • You are absolutely correct Sunday. The real cure for all of these is to take consistent action and be disciplined, but you still must be aware of these things because you will be able to better defend yourself against these success killers. You also, just have to get used to hard work and training your mind to think positively!

  3. Hey Lawrence, Great post! These 5 tips are powerful. The best one in my opinion based on how my entrepreneur path started is “Impatience”. If you find the right mentor and just follow the process with faith you will reach your goals.

    Appreciate the value. Have a great day.

    • I am glad that you gained from this article. And yes, I think that impatience is one of the biggest things that keep people from reaching their goals, especially in the world of entrepreneurship. When people don;t see the results they want to see when they want to see them, they lose faith and quit. If you consistently work hard though and learn from failure, things will work out.

  4. Hey Lawrence,

    You brought up some great points that can hinder your success. The last point I wouldn’t have thought be a reason to hinder your success, but it does make sense. We can reach a plateau to where we only want to satisfy our ego’s solely just to get some type of praise which can be correlated with your third point of letting others guide you. We hinder our potential to stretch to become more than what we are resulting in our stagnation. From my own experience the best thing you can do is to come up with a strong why and let that be your guide while keeping an open mind.

    Thanks for the share Lawrence! Have a great day!

    I found your post on kingged.com under the category of internet marketing success

    • You are absolutely correct Sherman. The best solution is to come up with a strong purpose and why for what you want to do in your life. I have studied many successful people and people who came from nothing but shocked the world have all had a strong purpose for why they wanted to succeed. Having a strong why will give the will-power and determination that you need to reach a goal, even when you face hardships. Great one!

  5. I certain enjoyed this insightful article, Lawrence. Those are all attitudes we can do without. I would add another to the list from an old adage that I heard a lot when I was growing up: ‘Quitters never prosper’.

    I have a friend who wanted to be an internet marketer, but he was having a lot of trouble doing stuff on the computer. I tried to help him out, but he finally gave up (much too soon, in my opinion). He got a job as a security guard because he couldn’t find anything in his field of expertise, which was some kind of investment brokering. He hates the job, but he won’t even work on internet marketing during evenings and weekends. Love the Benjamin Franklin quote.

    I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on this vital subject.

    All the best,

    • You are absolutely right, quitters never prosper. I read a quote once that said the most certain way to succeed is to always just to try one more time. when you quit on something, that is the only time you fail at it, but when you keep going and failing forward, you learn and will eventually learn so much that you will know how to succeed. Success in anything will take hard work and you will have to overcome obstacles. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hello Berry,

    I’m glad to have found you through Kingged.

    I very much agree with you on the issues that may hinder one’s success but I also think you should have included “inconsistency” to your list. Whichever profession you indulge yourself in, there’s going to be challenges that my seem insurmountable. To avoid such admonitions, one must be ready to fight on irrespective of the weight thrown at them by challenges met. Doing this is important because if most of the successful bloggers hadn’t been consistent, they’d be probably be somewhere else. So, I think consistency is a factor worth considering. I also wrote something about it in one of my posts One Factor Lies Between You and Success, which I think gives more value to your post.

    Thanks for these great ideas.

    • Enock,

      You are absolutely correct in that inconsistency can be a success killer. Starting something one day, and then not putting the work in to finish what you started is the sure way to fail, because you are ultimately not progressing. I am glad that you brought this point up and there are probably many other things that can hinder someone’s success, but these are just several that I wanted to bring to light. Consistency in your actions is definitely something to remember when traveling on the path to success. Thanks for reading and sharing your idea!

  7. Hi Lawrance!

    I have seen a number of new bloggers begin their journey by following other’s. It could be their lack of confidence or knowledge but people do commit such a mistake.

    You gotta avoid being a sheep and add your own soul into your work. It is the only way to win at your own game. You can never really replicate another person’s success. You gotta find your own!


    • Well, I think a lot of people follow others because it is the easy thing to do. Following the path most traveled, and the path that you know will make you money is most common. It may be due to people’s lack of confidence in themselves, but also the lack of courage. You absolutely correct though when you say you must find your own way in the world. It is the only way to be truly great at something and remembered.

  8. Hello Lawrence, What a great list my friend I do agree that each of them will hinder your success as you say.

    We really don’t give much thought to many of them especially receiving too much praise. Wow I would never have thought about this but after reading, it sure does make sense to me..

    Great share.. Thanks and have a Super Saturday.
    Chery :))

    • I am glad that you liked the article Chery, and yes, most of the time we don’t even think about the things that could be hindering our success until someone points them out to us.

  9. “Most men die at 25, we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” I already have heard about this line a couple of time yet but I guess, now is a different experience.

    Human as I am, I also experienced failing. I failed many times and those failures became my inspiration to stand up and strive even harder to achieve success.

    Just like you, I also did enumerated a couple of things that made me failed. And oh, as I checked my list I noticed four of those in your list can be find in my. (Kidding aside, this is more of a personal experience).

    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring article Lawrence.

    • Yes, failing is apart of life. But, without those failures we could have never known how to succeed. I look at failure as a teacher and I can only learn from them. I am glad that you find inspiration in your failures, doing so is the sure what to make you successful.

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