5 mistakes we all make (and how to stop making them):

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5 mistakes most people make, usually in our workplace, and are ruining things for us: 

1. Share too much information

John Wayne said: 

“Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: 

“The less you speak, the more you will hear.”

And I say (yes, that's me quoting myself): 

“The less you speak, the more you will be heard.” 

People that talk too much and too soon, end up saying stupid things or sharing information they regret sharing. Evaluate carefully who you’re talking to, and shut the f...<beep>...ck up. 

2. Follow what other people do

Call it the bandwagon effect or the herd mentality, people often do things just because “everyone’s doing it”. 

This behavior doesn’t guarantee better results. In fact, it usually means you will end up being where most mediocre people are. Trust your instincts, even if it makes you unique.

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3. Take criticism personally

Sometimes even the smallest comment can get to us. 

Tim Ferris once said: 

“10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. Expect it and treat it as math.” 

It's hard, but try not to be in that 10%, and analyze criticism in a way that will allow you to learn from it and improve. 

Once you are able to do that - teach me how.

4. Take advice from everyone 

We all suffer from authority bias, where we give too much weight to the opinion of an authority figure even if the subject is unrelated to the person’s authority.

It happened to me a few times as an entrepreneur, and I ended up making a decision that contradicted my own instincts - and in most cases, it was the wrong decision.

So I defined the following life rule: 

“Get as much advice as you can, respect the experienced and absorb the information, but don't let it override your own opinion and intuition.”

Because often enough, the only person who fully understands your situation with all the nuances - is you. 

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5. Wait for opportunities instead of creating them.

Here’s a tweet I wrote recently: 

If you don’t ask, the answer will always be ‘no’. If you don’t step forward, you’ll always be in the same place. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it. If you don’t shoot, you’ll always miss 100% of your shots.

To receive opportunities you need to create opportunities because no one will give you anything for free. 

Work hard, keep moving, keep creating, and things will happen. 

Increase your chances of being around opportunities as they appear, and maybe you can grab some of them. 

That's it for this one - hope you found it helpful. 

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