Here are 30 major causes of failure according to Napoleon Hill. He has analyzed thousands of people during 25 years of research trying to find the reason why people succeed and why they fail.
As you go through the list, check yourself, to discover how many of these causes of failure stand between you and success.
1-Lack of a well-defined purpose in life
It is challenging for someone to succeed if it doesn’t have a central purpose or definite goal to at which to aim.
There is no hope for the person who is so indifferent as not want to get ahead in life.
It takes more than a degree to make one a person of knowledge. Men are paid not for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with that which they know.
4-Lack of self-discipline
Discipline comes through self-control. It means that one must control all negative qualities.
No person may enjoy success without good health. Many causes of ill health are:
a- Overeating of foods not conducive to health
b- Wrong habits of thought, giving expression to negatives
c- Lack of physical exercise
d- An inadequate supply of fresh air
6-unfavourable environmental influences during childhood
Most people who have criminal tendencies get them as the result of the wrong environment and improper associates during childhood.
It is one of the most common causes of failure. Most of us go through life as failures because we are waiting for the “Right time” to start doing something. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you are with the tools you may have. You will find tools or people that will help you achieve your goal.
8-Lack of persistence
A lot of people are a good starter and bad finishers. They give up at the first sign of defeat.
9-Negative personality-A negative personality will not induce cooperation with others.
10-Gambling-The gambling instinct drives millions to failure and poverty.
11-Lack of decision
Successful people reach decisions promptly and change very slowly.
Those who fail, reach decisions, if at all, very slowly and change them frequently and quickly.
People who suffer from anxiety and depression make it hard to concentrate and do their job superbly. It makes you work under your real capacity.
13-Wrong selection of a mate in marriage
The relationship of marriage brings more people into contact. Failure is more likely to come if the relationship isn’t harmonious. It leads to misery and unhappiness, destroying all signs of ambition.
The person who doesn’t try has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing. Overcautious is as bad as under caution.
15-Wrong selection of associates in business
It is one of the most common causes of failure in business. We emulate those with whom we associate most closely. Pick an employer who is worth emulating.
16-Superstition and Prejudices
Superstition is a form of fear and is a sign of ignorance. Men who succeed, keep open minds and are afraid of nothing.
17-Wrong selection of a profession
Is hard to succeed in a job that you don’t like. Select an occupation into which you can throw yourself heartily.
18-Lack of the concentration of effort
Concentrate all your efforts on one definite chief aim.
19-The habit of spending without borders
Form the habit of systematic saving by putting aside a percentage of your income.
20-Lack of enthusiasm
Without enthusiasm, one cannot be convincing. Enthusiastic people are welcome in any group of people.
The most damaging forms of prejudice have to do with religious, racial, and political differences of opinion.
The most damaging forms of intemperance have to do with eating, the stiff drink, and sexual activities. Excess in any of these is fatal to success.
23-Inability to cooperate with others
A lot of people lose their positions and their significant opportunities in life, because of this fault, then for all reasons combined. It is a fault which no well-informed businessperson or leader will tolerate.
24-Possession of power that you took from someone
Power in the hands of someone that didn’t get it gradually is often fatal to success. Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty.
The person who is dishonest, sooner or later, his deed will catch up with him, and he will pay for the loss of reputation, and perhaps even deprivation of liberty.
26-Egotism and vanity
These qualities serve as red light which warns others to keep away.
27-Guessing instead of thinking
Most people are too lazy to acquire facts with which to think accurately. They prefer to act on “opinions” created by guesswork.
28-Lack of capital
It is a common cause of failure among those who start out in business for the first time. Without enough reserve of money to absorb the shock of their mistakes and to carry them over until they have established a reputation.
29-Deficiency in brain power
There is but little, if anything, which you can do for people who are born with brain deficiency.
30- It is a cause that we haven’t mention, but it is holding you back.