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20 Bad Habits That Can Hold You Back

  • Failing to Give Proper Recognition: The inability to praise and reward.
  • Claiming Credit We Don’t Deserve: The most annoying way to overestimate our contribution to any success.

  • Making Excuses: The need to reposition our annoying behavior as a permanent fixture so people excuse us for it.
  • Clinging to the Past: The need to deflect blame away from ourselves and onto events and people from our past; a subset of blaming everyone else.
  • Playing Favorites: Failing to see that we are treating someone unfairly.
  • Refusing to Express Regret: The inability to take responsibility for our actions, admit we’re wrong, or recognize how our actions affect others.
  • Not Listening: The most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for colleagues.
  • Failing to Express Gratitude: The most basic form of bad manners.
  • Punishing the Messenger: The misguided need to attack the innocent, who are usually only trying to protect us.
  • Passing the Buck: The need to blame everyone but ourselves.
  • An Excessive Need to Be “Me”: Exalting our faults as virtues simply because they exemplify who we are.
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