There are a lot of mistakes people make every day. We all mess up from time to time. It’s how we learn valuable life lessons, but some can take years to fix. What if you could avoid them? You can!
You’re about to discover the common mistakes people make that you can easily avoid!
Let’s get to it!
Mistake # 1 Falling deep into debt
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
— Oscar Wilde
A college degree can enslave you into debt for years, possibly decades. It doesn’t even guarantee that you’ll get a job!
Why chain yourself up to a “lifetime career” right after high school? People change their careers multiple times. Don’t force yourself to slave away at a job you hate for most of your life just to pay the bills.
Only 27% of college grads get a job related to their major. They haven’t had enough job experience to know what they’re good at or what they enjoy doing. Otherwise, they study their major because their parents chose it for them.
Then after graduation, they have to pay back tens of thousands of dollars. Don’t you think enjoying your career would make your life better?
Mistakes # 2 Thinking your parents are always right
“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.”
As children, it’s natural to look up to our parents as if they knew all the answers and never made mistakes. While they might be outstanding people, they aren’t flawless. They try their best to teach us the ropes, but we need to learn to guide ourselves through life as we get older.
Some people forever seek out someone to show them the way. They look to politicians, celebrities, or anyone that seems to know what they’re doing.
However, no one knows the best path for you, other than yourself.
Avoid living your life for others’ dreams. Find something you’re passionate about and go for it. They’ll be happy when they see that smile on your face from doing what you love.
Mistake # 3 Believing in overnight success
“Learn from other people’s mistakes.”
— Tai Lopez
When you first learn of someone’s success, it can seem like they made it all happen overnight. But that’s because you haven’t seen the long days and nights of work.
It would be a massive mistake to think that you can try something once and it’ll succeed.
In reality, success takes a lot of work. Focus on what you need to do to get there.
Mistakes # 4 Not working on your issues
“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” — Bruce Lee
Working on your problems might not sound like the most enjoyable way to spend your time. But it’ll be worth it.
When you repress or ignore nagging issues, they often become much worse. Eventually, these things can ruin your career or relationships. So, gather up the courage to examine the thoughts and memories that hold you back.
Accept what happened, forgive anyone involved, and now let it go. Of course, you’ll need to do this repeatedly until it sticks. But it will.
Mistake # 5 Not having a plan
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
— James Joyce
If you want to get rich, but if you don’t have a plan, nothing happens. You’re teasing yourself with a dream that you’re making sure never come true. Maybe you want to work for yourself?
If you don’t brainstorm ideas for businesses and how to start them, it won’t happen.
Mistake # 6 Making your goals impossible to achieve
“Make glorious amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody has ever made before. Do not freeze, do not stop, do not worry. Whatever you are scared of doing, do it.”
— Neil Gaiman
Some people will ruin their dreams before they can even get started. For instance, if they want to write a book, they don’t because they don’t have a fancy laptop. Even though they own a desktop computer. But they still won’t get started if they get an expensive laptop because they don’t have an office.
If you want something, then don’t let anything keep you from it. Write on notebook paper if necessary! Don’t look for roadblocks; search for pathways.
Mistake # 7 Lying
“Learn from other people’s mistakes.”
— Tai Lopez
Telling lies to get out of trouble destroys careers and relationships. Trust is vital for any relationship. Chances are, you will get caught, and it’ll cause others not to believe you anymore. Or they won’t take you seriously.
Even if you tell the truth most of the time, they know that there’s a possibility that you’re lying. So, they choose not to believe anything you say. When you lie, people lose respect for you.
It’s respectful, to tell the truth, because it takes courage. Whereas lying is the coward’s way out of an unpleasant situation.
So, speak the truth even if you might get in trouble. It’ll be less impactful than the damage you cause from falsehoods.
Mistake # 8 Rushing into getting married
You might feel that you and your true love will last forever. Love is a powerful emotion, and it can block your ability to see any red flags. Everything is rosy and wondrous until it isn’t.
It makes sense to protect yourself when you’re under an attack. But some people perceive almost everything as assault. This causes arguments and significant mistakes with relationships.
Focus on building your self-esteem, so you don’t feel like you need to prove yourself all the time.
Mistake # 11 Refusing to let go
“There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.”
— Melanie Koulouris
It doesn’t have to be a horrible situation, but you don’t feel giddy anymore.
Relationships go through phases. If you bail out once it gets a little rocky, then you’ll be dating randoms for life. Otherwise, get to work on maintaining your bond with your sweetheart.
Mistake # 9 Having a baby before you’re ready
We can cross “populating the planet” off of our list of human achievements. Humanity isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Besides, having kids is expensive. It can cost $21,000 for the first year and a whopping $260,000 to raise a child to 18 years of age. This is just for the bare essentials—no fancy clothes or toys included.
20% of children in the developed world grow up in poverty. If you aren’t ready for a baby, look into getting a Paragard IUD (or Intra-Uterine Device). IUDs are some of the most effective forms of birth control. Plus, you’ll never have to remember a pill or go to a doctor for birth control for several years!
Also, when you’re ready to have kids, your doctor will take it out, and you’ll immediately be able to get pregnant.
The Paragard IUD works for 12 years and has 0 hormones, so no side effects.
The Merena IUD lasts for 6 years. It uses hormones, but they stay in the uterus and never enter your bloodstream. So, you aren’t affected by them.
Mistakes # 10 Being resentful
“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.”
— Winston Churchill
Some things happen that are better left in the past rather than lugging them along through life. There’s no use in dwelling on the past or holding on to resentments. These thoughts will harm your well-being and fuel your anger or depression.
In short, avoiding mistakes will make your life more enjoyable. Make sure you keep them in mind for future reference and share this with your friends! Comment below if you can think of any other mistakes people make
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