The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Is it because they are famous? Is it because they come from a wealthy family? Or is it because their parents are powerful politicians? While all this may have crossed your mind, please note that these ARE stereotypes which means they may or may not hold true. There is so much more than that.

Today I’d like to present you the seven habits of highly ineffective people* to show you potential reasons of being unsuccessful in your endeavors…

1. Ineffective people wait for the opportunity to come…
…instead of going out there and look for it! These people are not proactive. They sit, wait and whine about life / boss / co-workers being unfair. They think that only lucky people are meant to succeed. Individuals with no vision, following the crowds and trends, swimming with other fish down the river. These people will never learn from their mistakes.

Flickr user: Phil and Pam

Flickr user: Phil and Pam

2. They have no clear goals.
These people start a project without knowing where exactly they want to go. They don’t care about short-term or long-term goals as long as they feel comfy in their world. They do things for the sake of doing. They don’t want to learn new skills. These people simply do not have a mission in life.

3. They procrastinate…
…and do the unnecesssary stuff first. They focus on things that are not important, not urgent, whatever the reason. Their problem is that they do not know how to manage their time. Or I’d rather say: manage their tasks and duties in time.

4. They don’t share success.
They don’t care about a “win-win” situation when dealing with other people. All they focus on is their own success which may leave others quite unhappy. These folks are extremely egoistic in their approach. Sometimes it’s so visible that people tend to avoid their company.

5. They require others to understand them…
…before they take time to understand others. They have poor communication skills and no intention in excelling them. What’s more, probably they have no idea about this fact because they never listen to any honest and constructive feedback. They also lack empathy, meaning they have no ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes.

Flickr user: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Flickr user: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

6. They don’t cooperate.
They are not team players. They don’t know how to delegate tasks. They don’t trust their co-workers and they believe they will always do things better. In addition, they don’t appreciate the differences which can enrich the team’s competences.

7. They don’t rest.
As trivial as it may sound, this one is also important.
These people always work. They don’t allow themselves time to relax. They never have time for pleasure nor sport. The only focus is work, work, work. After a while, they are so tired that they there is no energy left.

Doing any of these?
Are you sure?
Give it a thought. Or two. Analyze your behavior and your results. Ask friends and co-workers for feedback. Review in details. Anything to excel? Yes, there’s always something to excel so start working on it. Any examples from your daily or professional life you’d like to share?

*Yup. I played a bit with Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” here. Nice read btw ;)

2 thoughts on “The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

  1. Magdalena

    1. There are lucky beggars to which opportunities simply comes. If you are intelligent and you have enough lucky to meet right people, you don’t have to look for opportunities, opportunities will find you. Of course, those are individuals but I know few of them. But yes, I prefer to be the one who pulls the reins.
    2. Sooooo agree with point no 2.
    3. My desktop says: Keep calm and stop procrastinating. My office drink cup says: Don’t fucking procrastinate. Sometimes it really works 
    4. 5. 6. Unfortunately, even in well-organized, structured companies, there is too many people who don’t really care about others.
    7. Uffff, with this point I still have a chance to be in a group of highly effective people. But wait, does checking mailbox during the weekend or working on presentation at 11.00pm counts?

  2. EveryDay Post author

    Hey Magdalena,
    thanks so much for the comments :) They made us smile. You are right about the lucky ones. We do agree, they exist. Although, if you base your strategy on luck, you might not be that lucky that one time. Highly effective people need to be smart and take smart decisions. You’re one of them so keep it up :) Cheers! Drop by more often :)


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