20 Things That Smart People Don't Do

Overlook Oppotunities To Save

Overlook Oppotunities To Save

It's as simple as not spending money that you don't really have to. If you don't spend it, you get to keep it. It sounds easy when you think about it, doesn't it?

Rely On Others Too Much

Rely On Others Too Much

Nobody's saying you shouldn't have people there if you really, really need them - we all want friends and family who care. But smart people tend to be the ones who are able to be relied upon, simply because they have their shit together.



Act Irresponsibly

Act Irresponsibly

A lot of the time people say that smart people are boring but that isn't necessarily the case. It's just that smart people are not reckless. There's quite a big difference between those two things.

Think That Reevalutaion Means Defeat

Think That Reevalutaion Means Defeat

This is a really big one and basically, it just means that rethinking your methods or approach is actually just another step on the road to becoming smarter. It doesn't mean that you're wrong and should give up.



Dwell On Mistakes

Dwell On Mistakes

If we all got down on ourselves and mourned and mulled over all of the mistakes we makes in life, nothing would ever get done because we'd all be insecure wrecks. A mistake is necessary to learn anything, and to become smart you must learn. Simple.

Allowing The Past To Hold You Back

Allowing The Past To Hold You Back

In a way this can be a continuation of the previous point but perhaps it's a little broader than that too. Quite simply, if you worry about the past and what you should have done then you won't be present enough to sculpt a happy future. Assuming that's what you want, worrying about the past is totally counter productive.



Rely On Good Luck

Rely On Good Luck

Hoping that old-fashioned good luck to solve your problems as opposed to tackling them head on will so often end in tears and hardship. But so many people do it anyway. Be smart. Just get it done.

Neglecting Certain Aspects Of Life/Business

Neglecting Certain Aspects Of Life/Business

It's natural for us to want to concentrate on our strengths and the things we enjoy, but it's not going to work well for you to do solely that and not pay enough attention to the things that perhaps you're not as good at or don't enjoy as much. Maybe you could try and take care of your weak spots first and then enjoy exercising your strengths, safe in the knowledge that the hard part is already done.



Hestitate At Opportunities To Learn From Mistakes

Hestitate At Opportunities To Learn From Mistakes

You might be conscious of the fact that everybody makes mistakes. I mean, it is a fact of life. But too often people ignore the opportunity to learn from their mistakes by owning them and seeing what they could do differently next time. Perhaps it's because it's hard to look at things you're not good at and you don't want to look inside yourself and associate it with failure. But that comes at a cost which is entirely and inherently counter-productive. It's an expensive price to pay, at times.

Give Up Because Other People Don't See It

Give Up Because Other People Don't See It

Sure, it's a strong possibility that other people have more experience than you and that they have walked a similar path. But they haven't walked your path - that is a certainty.



Talking Too Much and Not Delivering Enough

Talking Too Much and Not Delivering Enough

Smart people don't make really strong statements without being able to back them up later. In fact, it could be argued that a truly smart person would be much better off not saying much at all but then delivering quality. This ensures that you're always going to impress as opposed to boast.

Missing Opportunites To Broaden Experience

Missing Opportunites To Broaden Experience

If you decide that you know enough or you're too old to learn, then other will move past you. Life is over when you lose the will to learn something knew and broaden your experience.



Give Up On A Cause

Give Up On A Cause

If something is right and worth fighting for, s smart person knows that they must see it through.

Wasting Skills

Wasting Skills

Isn't it a tragedy to be really good at something but then be scared to use that skill to your advantage because perhaps you're a little scared of what might happen if you fail?



Overestimating What Can Be Done

Overestimating What Can Be Done

It's good to reach for the stars and try and make goals that change you and those people around you for the better, however, there is very little point in setting goals that simply cannot be achieved. It might be a delicate balance, but it's imperative that you learn what you can and can't do instead of over stretching. You'll end up burnt out and exhausted - the opposite of success.

Make Pointless Enemies

Make Pointless Enemies

It's inevitable that you will go through life and business and pick up and enemy or two along the way. But it's important to realize that these are simply people with a different way of doing things or a different agenda. They aren't the devil - they're just different. There's really no point in reacting so that you prolong animosity. Just move on and take care of business.



Ruled By Pride

Ruled By Pride

If your pride gets hurt, you're going to have to find a way to suck it up and keep going. Letting this defeat you will leave you, well, defeated!

All Eggs In One Basket

All Eggs In One Basket

You always need a back up plan or a safety net if everything goes wrong. This isn't settling for second best, it's the smart move until you can get your dream up and running again.



Expecting Things To Be Easy

Expecting Things To Be Easy

Grave mistake.

Taking Unnecessary Risks

Taking Unnecessary Risks

A life without risk is perhaps a life not lived. But these risks should be calculated. Being reckless and taking unnecessary risks will only lead to bad things. You can't win all the time. Smart people don't gamble too often.