5 Myths About Success That Are Holding You Back

We’ve all got one short life. And we all want to spend it with dignity, happiness, and abundance.

But when we buy into the false myths about success, we limit our own possibilities. If you look closely, you’ll find that it’s the unsuccessful people who spread such myths. Because their own mind is infected with fear and scarcity, they spread it around to other people.

Here are the 5 common myths about success that might be holding you back.

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1. Money is the root of all evil

Many people believe that money is the root of all evil. They think corporations are sucking the life out of their employees, government officials are corrupted, and crime is on the rise because people are hungry for money and power.

But if you have negative beliefs about money, you’ll never be able to attract much of it. If you think that rich people are too arrogant, or that luxury spoils people, you’ll subconsciously never do anything to become the same yourself.

You need to have the right beliefs about money. Money is never bad. It can be used to build schools, hospitals, orphanages and feed the poor. It can change lives for the better.

2. Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is latent power. You can know everything yet fail repeatedly unless you apply what you know. Therefore, what is really powerful is action. Because action brings change and opens new streams of possibilities. So many people talk about their hopes, dreams, and desires – how they want to launch their own business, attract the right partner or go on adventures – but few actually act on their dreams.

3. Successful People Have No Fears

Successful people have the same biochemistry as average people. They feel fear just like you. But they don’t feed that fear. But many people believe that great people have no fear. And this is one of the greatest myths about success.

It’s up to you to feed your fears or feed your dreams. You can feed your fears by doubting yourself, thinking that your life will end if you fail. Or you can feed your dreams by learning new things, taking action, and reaching one step closer to your dreams every day.

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4. Success Requires Great Talent

Everyone has a certain talent, but not everyone is successful. Why? Because not everybody is focused in life. Not everybody chooses to focus all their energy on a single, worthwhile goal. 

As Tony Robbins says,

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

This is one of the most common myths about success. You don’t need great talent, because everybody has some. What you need is focus, determination, and hard work.

5. You Need a Degree

It is an overstated myth that you need a university degree to become successful in life. Sure, a degree might help you find jobs. But it’s not necessary to become successful.

Successful people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson never graduated out of college. Most people in the show business never go to college. Richard Branson has started 400 companies in his lifetime and is ridiculously successful. This proves that while a degree might help you land a job, it is not really necessary.

What really matters is that you acquire the necessary skills and learn your craft better than most people in your field.

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