10 Things you will have to give up to be successful

10 Things you will have to give up to be successful

I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sacrifices is the name the game when you want to be successful, however, you define success.  To reach your highest potential, and increase your odds, it's important to understand there are a few things you will have to give up to optimize your time, resources, and overall well-being. 



Have you ever heard the saying, “Excuses build monuments of failure.” There are always going to be reasons for you not to do something. Making excuses only set you back from accomplishing your goals.     

Saying ‘Yes’ to things that do not support your goals

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” - Winston Churchill      

You will not always meet the expectations of others. There will always be opportunities and favors, but it is up to discern between those that will help you and those that will keep you away from what matters. 

Unhealthy Relationships

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn

Friends and family will eat at your sanity.Learn to let go of relationships that do that do not serve you positively.

Unhealthy Habits

“Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.” - Carlos Santana

Take your health, diet, and routine seriously. 

Perfectionism / Control

“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” - Denis Waitley    

You will never be perfect. Things will never go as planned. 


"We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding on to something that is good for you now may be the very reason why you don't have something better." C. JoyBell C.

The terrain on the path has unforeseen obstacles. Its important to be remember change is inevitable, and you have to be ready to adapt.

Frivolous Spending

“A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” —Joe Moore 

Money is a tool. Save your money where you can.  With uncertain stability, 

Dependency on TV & Social Media

“The trouble is, you think you have time” – Buddha. Our generation is constantly overloaded with distractions. Keeping up with the latest craze only keeps you away from the goals in front of you.


“If you live for the weekends and vacations, your shit is broken.”  – Gary Vaynerchuk

You weekends are now for getting ahead. Say goodbye to spending weekends partying, day drinking, and binging on the latest netflix show. It may sound like a robust sacrifice, but every hour counts. 

Book Notes: Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck By Mark Manson - Part 1

Book Notes: Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck By Mark Manson - Part 1