We might think there are certain paths to success, traditional ones that are more or less set in stone. As it turns out, however, not all are correct and if we follow the wrong ones, it will be that much harder for us to achieve our own success.

Stay on the path toward your own success by steering clear of these 5 success myths.

1. Always include a big picture with your goals

It's common for people to devalue the merit of small steps on the way to achieving a larger purpose. The problem with always thinking about an end goal, however, is that you give yourself a place to stop. But why stop when you can keep forging forward? If you've set a goal of earning, say, $50,000 by the end of the year, and you do so on a trajectory that ultimately puts you past that--why wouldn't you continue? Don't limit yourself or hold yourself to big-picture goals.

2. You are who you know

Yes, connections are ridiculously important in the business game. But they are not everything. Sometimes, knowing people is crucial to getting your foot in the door, but that doesn't mean your own actions don't count. It's also worthwhile to keep in mind that, regardless of what connections you have, you can always make more. Don't limit your view to only those people that are within your current network.

3. Wanting makes things happen

Contrary to popular belief, simply wishing for things does not actually guarantee favorable outcomes. Action does. Many times, people fall back on the notion that, if things don't work out, it was because it wasn't meant to be. In doing so, they don't practice enough self-reflection. They don't ask themselves, "Was I proactive enough?" "Did I do everything in my power?" If the answer is no, then that's on you and you need to find a way to make your next venture a success.

4. You have to go to college and work a 9-to-5 job

Now, more than ever, I think it's clear that traditional, tried-and-true modes of career advancement are more obsolete than ever. We exist in a culture where working from home, not going to school, and participating in start-ups are more popular and creating more success than ever.

5. Success will make you happier

This is perhaps the most dangerous myth of all. Success doesn't bring happiness--that's something that comes from within. Success can usually aid in our sense of accomplishment and of fulfillment. But true happiness? That doesn't come from completing a goal. Happiness comes from self-acceptance and feelings of gratefulness.

Published on: May 5, 2016