Overcome These Ten Barriers to Guarantee Career Success

Everyone wants to be successful, but it’s not easy. If it was, we'd all be swimming in it. Every business leader we look to as a beacon of success has had his or her fair share of doubts, shortcomings and personal demons to conquer in order to scale the metaphorical mountain and slay the business beast. 

Below, you'll find our top 10 list of the most frequent barriers to success that the most successful among us have overcome at some point in their lives and careers. Recognize one of these in yourself? Good. That means you are taking serious stock of not only your assets, but more importantly, your shortcomings. Realizing who you are and who you're not is vital when looking to succeed in an office environment.

10. Procrastination

Discipline yourself.  This is the biggest downfall to any success, also the easiest one to fall into.  Get your head on straight and get what needs to be done, did.

9. Limiting Beliefs

Your perception is your reality.  Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”  Limiting beliefs hinder us greatly, because it has us giving up before we even begin.  So do not succumb to weak thoughts, because the only limits there are in the world are the ones you set for yourself.

8. Bad environment

The most successful people have the most successful circle of influence.  You are who you surround yourself with.  Ask yourself who are you spending your time with?  What habits are you surrounding yourself with? Don’t be afraid to shy away from negative influences around you.  

7. Lack of motivation

What drives you?  It is important to always know your goals.  Motivation is everything, and you have to know what you are doing and where you want it to take you.  Think about the four F’s and which one your goal falls under, family, fame, fortune, or freedom?

6. Part-time dedication

Part-time dedication will only get you part time success.  To work towards success be ready to go all in, remember hard work is one of the pillars to success.  Simply put: If you half-ass it, you will get your ass handed to you.  So go full ass, or full throttle, what have you.

5. Time mismanagement

A window of opportunity can only stay open for so long before it closes or before somebody else jumps in.  Maybe it isn’t this moment right now, but it could be 2 minutes for you to miss a chance to move closer to your goal.  

4. Lack of specific goals

Money cannot be your only endgame.  If your goal is to get rich, what car do you want to buy with that money?  What kind of house do you want to live in?  Find short term goals to bring you closer to your long term goals.  Remember, there are no lazy people in life, only those who lack a goal.

3. Settling for less

Settling for what is in front of you creates false accomplishment, you also short-sell yourself on your goal by giving up.  There is always something else to accomplish, there is always a new level to take things to.

2. Lack of persistence

It’s simple: The most successful people have the greatest failures, the most successful people are also those who never give up. It comes back to success not being easy, if we succeeded our first try, everyone would be successful.

1. Failure

Failure happens, but the most successful people take it as a lesson to build upon.  Failure is a stepping stone to success.  What went wrong?  Why did you fail?  How can you learn from this and avoid this situation in the future? Failure is not what separates those who succeed and those who don’t, it is what you choose to do after failure that determines that.