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5 Things Successful People Do (Nick’s style)

April 6, 2016

Lists of N things about successful people are like a magnet for clicks. Yet, most (if not all) of these lists have close to zero practical value.

 

Successful people do lots of things, the main being being successful.

 

The appeal for posts about what successful people do comes from an erroneous belief that doing what they do will make someone like them – successful. Apart from a difficulty in understanding the complex causality of success, there is an even worse flaw: not looking for disconfirming evidence.

 

Let’s say that successful people drink water, but so does everyone including people who are not successful (rich / famous), broke, homeless etc. The drinking water example is self-evident and the same flaw in logic applies to other things successful people do. Here’s a debunking (short) list: