Words of wisdom. There's no shortage of them when you're in the business world. Between social media, co-workers, family, and friends, there's no escaping the tried and true guidance that's helped many people progress in their careers. I've put together lists of some amazing quotes about success and personal achievement from some of the greatest entrepreneurs and thought leaders today, but I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the most common bad advice. Because as much good advice that's at your disposal, there's just as much that can derail your career. When it comes to this list of sage advice, the below is best left behind.
Don't get too close to your friends
Being able to foster close connections is becoming more important in today's world. As our society evolves, deeper connection (the ability to really understand and relate to people) is becoming more desired. This goes against the relationship building of the past, which usually stayed on the surface. If you want to be a great person or a great leader, learn how to really connect with the people in your life.
Stick to your business plan no matter what
If we've learned anything as a country these last few years, it's that we need to start getting comfortable with change. One of the best things you can do as a leader is anticipate change and work with your organization to move through it.
Do what you love
I love food and restaurants, but just because I love them doesn't mean I should be a restaurateur. The key isn't doing what you love, but finding your Zone of Genius, where your Purpose and Genius intersect.
If you want something done right you have to do it yourself
If you want to really be successful and productive, you need to be able to collaborate and work well in teams. In addition, by not turning to others for support, you're missing out on a plethora of new perspectives and thinking.
If you build it, they will come
I've heard this one a few times now. Who doesn't want to believe that when you build a great product or offer a fantastic service, it will be accepted with open arms in the market? The truth is, a great idea alone won't get you very far. Without a great team, solid business plan, and marketing strategies, your product/service will likely fail.
Fear is inevitable when pursuing any sort of success. Rather than being fearless, I'd say a better strategy is to pay attention to your fears and understand if they're warranted. Some fears are merely dips in our confidence, while others are worth paying more attention to.
Grow a thick skin
Rather than having a "thick skin," which is another way of saying don't let things bother you, actually see challenges and setbacks as opportunities. This requires thoughtfulness about failures, rather than "ignoring them" or shrugging them off. Being more mindful of the challenges that you face allows you to build grit and be more resilient.
Never say no
It may seem counterintuitive to say no to potential new clients or partnerships, but saying yes to any opportunity could take your business in too many directions. Being intentional with your "no" allows your relationships and your business to grow in a direction that is right for you.