5 Things Average People Do That Ruin Their Chances for Success 248

5 Things Average People Do That Ruin Their Chances for Success

Average people are those individuals who always go for the easy and fast option, who follow the crowd, live by someone else’s standards, and are pretty much anything successful people have changed about themselves.

But the world is full of such individuals. And their mediocrity is contagious. Why? Because society wants you to be successful, better, more productive, reach the top of a career, different, etc. But once you do, they judge you.

That’s the paradox and few can deal with it. So they choose to seek the approval of the masses and remain in their comfort zone for the rest of their lives. There they can easily keep complaining and blaming, never try new stuff because it’s too risky, and just do the same old things while expecting different results.

I’m sure that’s not the life you want for yourself. Especially if you’re a fan of personal development, are an avid reader and learner, and open to exploring new ways to improve yourself and your lifestyle.

If that’s the case, then you’ll want to immediately stop doing what average people do. Here are some of the signs of being mediocre:

What Average People Do That You Should Eliminate

  1. They wait for the perfect moment.

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It’s much easier to just say that now’s not the right time and wait for better conditions, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, that becomes your attitude towards life. And you start waiting for yourself to be better prepared so that you can start working on something new, you wait for the right person to come into your life instead of getting out there to meet new ones, you say no to opportunities because you’re waiting for something better to come your way, etc.

What’s the result? You never do anything, and life becomes a waiting room.

That’s how average people do it and that gives them comfort. Waiting. But it’s also a mental prison that gives them no peace of mind and happiness.

Don’t let it become your reality. Take action in the present moment, it’s the only place to do something about your future. Take chances now, you never know before you try.

  1. They keep themselves busy.

Those living a regular life keep thinking they’re being productive, when in fact they’re just keeping themselves busy doing unimportant tasks and activities all day.

In the end, they haven’t accomplished much, haven’t taken action upon their goals and can’t say they’ve done their best.

Productivity, however, is all about eliminating anything that doesn’t give you result and doing more of the rest. It also means doing one thing at a time but giving it your full attention, being focused, tracking things, managing your time effectively and ultimately getting things done faster and better.

  1. They spend time with other average people.

If you’re only surrounded by people talking about others, complaining, never listening to each other, without aspirations and goals, who live in the past, blame their parents, are lazy, or else, that what you’ll be slowly turning into.

Whether you like it or not, you’re the average of those you spend most time with daily. So if you don’t want to be average anymore and believe there are better things you could be doing with your life, find more ambitious and hard-working individuals who are making a difference in the world and improving themselves on a daily basis.

  1. They wake up because they have to get to work.

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What’s the main difference between average people and successful ones?

The former get up at the last minute, put their clothes on, drink their coffee and rush through the door to get to work. They start their day in an awful mood, overwhelmed and stressed, are late and often forget something.

The latter, on the other hand, set their alarm for earlier than they have to be up and take the decision to have a nice morning routine the night before. This way they have a reason to wake up and are in a good mood to kickstart the day with some productive morning habits.

Some meditate and eat a healthy breakfast, others work out and plan out their day. Whatever they choose to do, they make sure their morning doesn’t go to waste. What’s more, they do things slowly, enjoy it and even make time for some creative activities like reading or journaling.

  1. They don’t commit to anything that can make them successful in the long run.

Average people may sometimes try to become better by working on something new. But a few things tend to happen:

  • they can’t choose a project to work on;
  • they jump from one activity to the next and don’t focus their whole attention and invest all their free time in one (so it leads to failure);
  • they remind themselves of past defeats and don’t want to go through this again;
  • they aren’t brave enough to give something risky a go;
  • they listen to those around them who convince them not to try;
  • they aren’t confident in their abilities;

etc.

All these are a bunch of excuses. And average people are good at coming up with many of those.

But in the end of the day, all that matters is whether you tried something extraordinary that made you stand out from the crowd. If you didn’t, it’s just another ordinary day of the regular life of an average person.

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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