16 Causes of Failure

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Self-evaluation is just as paramount as self-care. This means you’re allowing yourself to have that extra space for improvement because you know you can do more. 

Ever heard of the book 16 Causes of Failures which was published back in the 1930s? I know, it’s been such a long time, but its value still stays true to this date. It was written by one of the best authors which was Napoleon Hill, an inspirational and motivational author of his day. 

Let’s dive into the 16 Causes of Failure: 

Failing to recognize what you want 

Have you ever experienced knowing what you don’t want but not knowing what YOU want? Yes, that’s it. Not envisioning the things that you want to be doing 2 years from now, 5 years from now, or even life after retirement… do these things all ring a bell to you? Now, what is it EXACTLY that you want to happen in your life? A trick that helps me is clearing my head, putting other things aside at the moment, and writing things down on a piece of paper. It really does wonders. 


We are all guilty of this at a certain point in our lives, but it has to stop. If you can do it now, do it. You’ll find that making excuses is way more exhausting than actually being productive. Moreover, don’t you just love the feeling of being accomplished once you’re able to fulfill a goal? 

Lack of learning

No, you don’t know everything yet and probably you never will. But this shouldn’t stop you from acquiring new knowledge day-to-day! Nowadays, the world is our oyster and information is available with just a few taps of your fingers. 


If you sit on something and you don’t act on it, what happens next? Nothing. Decide. 

Habits of excuses instead of creating definite plans

Instead of dwelling on the reasons as to why you failed or why you’re going to fail, let’s try to actually look for a better way to reach your goals. 


There’s no denying we are all trying our best in this world. Who doesn’t want a good life, right? It is good to reward ourselves from time to time, but only to a minimum. If you can’t afford that bag, don’t get it. If you can’t afford a vacation right now, save up for it next time. 


The lack of concern for things that matter won’t make you a better person. If you know there’s a problem at hand and you choose to simply ignore it, you are headed to failure. Solve the problem and do not settle for mediocrity. 

Blaming others for your own mistakes 

Mistakes are inevitable, it is bound to happen. Have you ever heard of a successful person who hasn’t had a taste of failure in their lives? No. Don’t go around blaming other people around you for your own mistakes. Instead, suck it up, learn from it, move on, and try again. The people around you are one of your ingredients to your success. 

Weakness of desire

No burning desire, no appropriate action, NO success. Not surprising, right? 

Quitting at the first time of defeat

This is really a big problem among us right now. The lack of persistence and will-power to go on and push through with our goals at the first sight of defeat can be pretty discouraging. Success isn’t something that’s overnight. 

Lack of organized planning

If there’s no plan of action, will something work? 

Not welcoming new ideas

Don’t keep yourself in a box and get stuck in the old ways. You’re living in a world where literally, the possibilities are endless. Entertain new ideas, who knows where can these take you? 

Wishing instead of willing

Wishing is basically waiting for something to happen without acting on it. “I wish to be successful!” but really, what are you doing to achieve that? 

Accepting poverty instead of riches

Where you are in this world isn’t your destiny. Change is inevitable. You can still improve your situation. Let’s learn to stop the negative mindset of “it is what it is,” because it’s not. 

Searching “Get Rich Quick” Schemes

Again, there is no shortcut to success. There is no concrete formula for success. It is hard work, planning, even failures, and perseverance. 

Fear of Criticism 

Don’t be afraid of what other people will say. People will always be there to criticize you. But the only thing that should matter to you is your opinion and the people who genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. Don’t let this dishearten you. For as long as you aren’t doing anything bad and you’re doing everything ethically, you’re good. 

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I hope you learned something from this! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

2019-10-30T16:05:27+00:00By |Posts, Success|0 Comments

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