Top 10 Reasons People Fail?

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Can anyone list a few for me? I'm writing about this in an eBook on my niche, but I think failure is global and can be converted from IM to whatever.
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  • Profile picture of the author icegin
    Here are a few that come to mind:
    - Lack of motivation
    - Lack of proper knowledge
    - Lack of genuine, consistent effort/work
    - Giving up after the first (inevitable) failure
    - Shotgun approach (e.g. trying to do several things at once without investing enough time with each approach to get any decent results)
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline Bennett
    Wrong mindset
    Lack of knowledge
    Lack of motivation
    just a couple that come to mind
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  • Profile picture of the author MattOwen
    Fear of failure is a big one. It crippled me for a while without even presenting its self as a conscious problem. I wouldn't act (lack of actual work) because I was scared it had to be perfect, or else it would get rejected. Its absurd looking back on it but I can assure you it effects a large amount of people even without their knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic Master
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    Because every body thinks the same thing. Like when theres a Hot Chick, out of the 100 guys thinking "I'd never get her" only 1 has the confidence yet the 99% would look better than that 1 person its all about risking rejection. You can relate this to SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    - Lack of knowledge
    - Fear of failure itself, which prevents them from investing time/money to get started
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    One is looking at the past.

    Your past has nothing to do with how you act now. Some people use bad experiences of the past to justify inaction or wrong action.
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  • Profile picture of the author FaisalReza
    My idea is :-

    1) Lack Of Knowledge - don't have any initiative to get knowledge. Think they know everything.

    2) Knowledge Overload - too many knowledge, so didn't focus with the main knowledge to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    Lack of originality
    fear of trying new things
    stuck in the past
    following the crowd
    lack of innovation
    inability to let go when its needed
    poor judgment
    inability to discriminate between the useful and the useless

    I know there is some overlap here; just wanted to present
    a few different ways of looking at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hellojava
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    Shortsightedness
    Jack of all trades
    Master of nothing
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  • Profile picture of the author psufootball
    I think the biggest factor is giving up after not seeing immediate results. If you want serious income in any kind of business you've got to stick with it through thick and thin. Everyone wants to put 4 hours of work into a project and give up after it yields nothing. It's only setting yourself up for failure when you do that.
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    • Profile picture of the author value added
      Doing what all the others do. It's okay to copy successful people but you have to put in your own twist.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hardcoremarketing
    failure to visualize, with as many sense as possible, the outcome they truly want. How good would you be at soccer if you didn't know scoring goals was THE goal?
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  • Profile picture of the author Hardcoremarketing
    failure to deeply visualize the outcome you want.
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  • because you lack of many things...
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    Thinking short term or instant results mindset. Giving up after not succeeding after a handful of times.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    The two main ones I see are fear of failure and fear of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author bnsuccessful
    no patience
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  • Profile picture of the author mervyngoh
    Choose the right association, be with the liked minded
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  • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
    Inaction is the biggest reason people fail... everyone has dreams and aspirations, but very few even try to take a course of action to achieve them.
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  • Profile picture of the author sriram rajan
    With regards to any business or IM there will be 3 - 7 skills ...

    In IM my pick would be
    1) List Building
    2) Web site creation / Word press
    3) Product creation
    4) Affiliate Marketing
    5) Membership sites
    6) Traffic
    7) Sales funnels / upsells etc

    not in that particlular order of importnace as these are the foundational pillars ..

    People look to make $$ before setting their foundations rights and hence there is a Lack Of Patience to see results in one method and jump to the next before really mastering the key skills..

    If you pick start mastering tese skills then can use any of the latest and greatest software , plugin , FB marketing to make $$$.... the problem is when some one does not spend time to ste the foundations right is what leads to lots of confusions and bad results...
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Here is my list of why individuals fail.

    1. They give up.
    2. They stop trying.
    3. They have the wrong strategy.
    4. They do not change their strategy when appropriate.
    5. They listen to bad advice.
    6. They do not seek the right advice.
    7. They are dishonest in their endeavors.
    8. They break the law in their in their endeavors.
    9. They are unethical in their endeavors.
    10. They do not care if they succeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author mark4kumar
    Hi Harvey,

    Here are the top 10 reasons I have found why people fail.


    10) They don’t spend enough time around positive people who will help them succeed.

    9) They refuse to invest in continuing education.

    8 ) They don’t treat their home based business as a real business.

    7) They don’t invest the necessary time and money to make the business work.

    6) They don’t practice Attraction Marketing principles.

    5) They don’t develop and stick to a good marketing plan.

    4) They don’t test different marketing strategies.

    3) They don’t follow up with their leads and prospects.

    2) They don’t keep the end in mind.

    1) They quit.


    I hope this helps you.
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  • Profile picture of the author richim1
    Do not action (procrastination)
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuraiKat
    This is what I would say.

    1)Not knowing what they are trying to sell.
    2)Getting distracted
    3)Lack of focus
    4)Lack of understanding marketing
    5)Fear of taking action
    6)Not having a strong support system
    7)Lack of being able to evaluate where stage of business they are in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fallen_Angel
    Lack of Focus
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    @Harvey

    Hows the book coming along?

    Plenty of good suggestions here. Look forward to hearing about it.

    -Simon
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by Simon Ashari View Post

      @Harvey

      Hows the book coming along?

      Plenty of good suggestions here. Look forward to hearing about it.

      -Simon
      Hey Simon,

      It's coming along nicely. Just under 8.5 thousand words and 26 pages. I've only covered 11 of the 63 topics, so I've got a fair way to go yet. Been working on it for the past 4 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Annie15
    Lack of self confidence is what I think a reason for failure
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  • Profile picture of the author DesignDevelopment
    My Life experience tells me that
    1. WRONG PRIORITIES
    2. Week Foresightedness
    3. POOR MANAGEMENT/ Execution
    4. NO BACK UP PLAN
    5. GIVING UP
    are the major reasons why people Ordinary or Famous, fail and Ones who dont accept this FAIL AGAIN and AGAIN...
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by DesignDevelopment View Post

      My Life experience tells me that
      1. WRONG PRIORITIES
      2. Week Foresightedness
      3. POOR MANAGEMENT/ Execution
      4. NO BACK UP PLAN
      5. GIVING UP
      are the major reasons why people Ordinary or Famous, fail and Ones who dont accept this FAIL AGAIN and AGAIN...
      No back up plan? Check out my signature. :p
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      There's no need for a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.
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      • Profile picture of the author DesignDevelopment
        Originally Posted by Harvey M View Post

        No back up plan? Check out my signature. :p
        hhahahah... cool
        and now i am really looking forward to read your book
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        • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
          Originally Posted by DesignDevelopment View Post

          hhahahah... cool
          and now i am really looking forward to read your book
          It's completely unrelated to IM, but thanks anyway! :p
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          There's no need for a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    hello, Harvey:

    Sounds like your book is coming along quite well. I really appreciate this discussion thread. One key to making progress is understanding what is holding us back and our fellow WF members are giving us some great insight into areas to keep an eye on.

    A few have mentioned "lack of confidence" as being one of the reasons people fail. I would emphasize this point.

    I think that a lack of confidence, or low self-confidence or self-esteem is a major obstacle. I am sure that tips and insight on dealing with this will be appreciated by your eventual readers.

    Brian Tracy suggests that before going into a situation, you visualize yourself functioning at your best in that kind of situation. Recall past experiences in that situation where you have performed well or have been successful.

    GT
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  • Profile picture of the author accendo
    Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krisz Rokk
    * Not believing
    * Lack of confidence/ self-confidence
    * Lacking the right mindset + attitude
    * Lack of desire
    * No passion
    * Not being committet
    * Not being persistent
    * Not being consistent
    * Fear of failure / fear of success
    * Lack of determination
    * Lack of knowledge
    * Lack of skills
    * No team
    * Not knowing what the client really wants
    * Lacking sales-skills / being afraid to sell+market themselves and the product/ service they are offering
    * Being afraid of difficult clients
    * Not willing to work hard for what they truly want
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  • Profile picture of the author phpPro
    a good amount of businesses fail online:
    1. low investment,
    2. unplanned approach,
    3. lack of planning big.
    4. lack of good tech support.
    5. accepting a hatchback when u told the tech specifically for a ferrari [ wrt your website]
    6. making do and trying to do business with a hatchback, coz u think ur stuck with it!
    7. waisting too much money repairing the hatchback, rather than hiring another firm / programmer to build u a ferrari

    .... i can go on and on.....
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenchow
    I believe people fail ultimately because:
    1) They afraid of failures & give up after they fail. Success very often comes after failureS.
    2) And when they fail, they blame, they do not learn.
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    i agree with johnes4th
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    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      Mostly Fear of failure or fear of success (yes it does exist!)

      funnily just finished a blog post about it
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  • Profile picture of the author elf25
    It's totally action. Less than 3% of nearly any seminar attendees act on the info that they receive at the seminar! I'm sure it's similar with buying eBooks and WSO's!! I'm so guilty of this also.
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  • Maybe I am wrong
    but
    I want to add one point

    Do over-trust to anyone
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  • Profile picture of the author PriceMaster
    It can be a never ending list but the most important point IMO is:

    1. Stay Patient and don't give up on IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author SallyBHT
    Dealing with too much things at the same times... This is my personnal killer, always running many rabbits at once...
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  • Profile picture of the author SallyBHT
    mailbox is a big time killer for me too
    Close your facebook, gmail etc. and you'll be more efficient
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Here are some reasons why people fail...

    -Limiting beliefs based on external opinions.
    -Lack of focus.
    -Lack of positive influences.
    -Failure to follow-up.
    -Failure to persist through difficult times.
    -Operating from a mindset of scarcity.
    -Lack of gratitude.
    -Lack of faith.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordcatcher
    Not knowing what they want and giving up are the most important reasons why people fail in life and are unsucessful and unhappy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allentcl82
    Reason 1 - No Action,
    Reason 2 - No Action,
    Reason 3 - No Action,
    .......
    .......
    .......
    ......
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    Reason 10 - No Action....

    Well, at least the above is my top 10 reason why i'm not successful yet.. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kavitapore
    1.negative thinking
    2.wrong mindset
    3.not enough Knowledge
    4.fear from failure
    5.less motivation
    6.less confidence
    7.low morel
    8.low management
    9.less Patient
    10.wrong leadership
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  • Profile picture of the author Duecks
    Here is my list of why individuals fail.

    1. give up.
    2. stop trying.
    3. have the wrong strategy.
    4. do not change their strategy when appropriate.
    5. listen to bad advice.
    6. do not seek the right advice.
    7. are dishonest in their endeavors.
    8. break the law in their in their endeavors.
    9. Do over-trust to anyone
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Procrastination, fear and lack of focus were the big reasons for me when I first started.
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  • Profile picture of the author fpdeziner
    I think People do not focus on things. They are keep on learning new things without focusing on the other things they already know.. I can only point out this point as I think its the biggest reason of any fail. You must focus if you want success...
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  • i believe.. no action and cant move on with the past..
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  • Profile picture of the author articlesarthors
    That shotgun approach has gotten me many times. I just had to learn to sit back and try one or two things at a time and let them run their course.
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  • Profile picture of the author softproducts
    Those who fail simply doesn't have the Power. Power to take action in every moment whether right or wrong...

    TAKE ACTION WITHOUT DELAY AND FEAR ITSELF WILL FAIL.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Originally Posted by Harvey M View Post

    Can anyone list a few for me? I'm writing about this in an eBook on my niche, but I think failure is global and can be converted from IM to whatever.
    Short term thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    I've read a lot of threads and surprisingly, among the various suggestions, one thing is sorely lacking - attitude. With the right attitude, you can reach the stars. With the wrong attitude, a worm can do better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Hodge
    I think there are some factors which cause failure. These factors according to my thoughts are as follows:
    lack of decision making skill
    lack of sharing
    lack of patience
    no self confidence
    working irregular
    no proper guidelines etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    How about simply "being unqualified"?

    No one ever says that, but it's probably the #1 reason.

    When I was 20 I thought I knew how to run a business. It wasn't until I was 30 that I truly understood how little I knew back then. At 34, I'm still learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    There are a lot of good answers here. As it pertains to making money I would say the main reason people fail is a lack of Internet marketing skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author CathyAnn
    Great answers!

    My contribution:

    Don't know the real "why". What will their success really get them… not just money… what does money bring… power, pride, security, fame. It's different for everyone.


    Not keeping the "why" in front of them. This is the motivation.


    Not learning from someone who is successful at what they are teaching.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    A lot of people fail because they accept defeat even before trying out something. They make up a lot of problems in their minds that weren't there in the first place.
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    Not working on their mindset by listening and reading personal development books and audios. Change your thinking about yourself, you change your life--almost immediately!
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