A nowhere-near-comprehensive list of ways to screw yourself over…

  • Comparing your successes to someone else while lacking a proper competitive spirit
  • Living life under the assumption that you are owed anything
  • Thinking that returning to the way things were is ever the solution (it was the way things were that lead you to the way things are, after all)
  • Focusing on the source of your discontent instead of how to move past it
  • Running FROM something without having something to run TO
  • Prohibiting yourself from trusting others
  • Using certainty as an excuse not to question
  • Ignoring your limits
  • Allowing anything aside from yourself to define your life
  • Avoiding risk
  • Failing to build a bridge between what you know and what you do
  • Resenting others for having what you don’t
  • Pretending something never happened
  • Allowing fear to breed regret
  • Letting pride get in the way of achievement
  • Forgetting that, despite their cliche status, not putting your eggs in one basket, not counting your chickens before they hatch, and relishing the journey over the destination are among the most important lessons out there