‍Debunking Success Myths

What are some of the most widespread myths about achieving success? Right here.

With the rise of the internet and the juggernaut that is social media, public figures are closer to their followers like never before. Gone are the days where your only interactions with public figures are limited to what you see on TV and listen to on the radio. Along side this newfound sense of connection is the rise of advice and anecdotes that promise success and fame, ready to take your everyday life and skyrocket it into success. We’re going to get into some of the most common myths regarding winning and its associated elements.


Early to Bed and Early to Rise…

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.

You may have heard this phrase or even said it yourself, and the message is quite clear. According to the quote, should you go to bed early and wake up early in the morning for the highest returns on time investment. As a result of the quote’s popularity, much of the world fully believes that the most successful people go to bed early.

When you’re in school, this may be the case, but the reality is much more complicated. The hard truth is that no single piece of advice is automatically going to launch your life. And the understated fact is that much of success also comes from luck, persistence, and opportunity, all in equal regard.

Let’s modify this line to something like…

Go to sleep when you please, but always wake up on time.”

Because at the end of the day, you need to have downtime to counteract your path to success. Even so, being a little early to where you need to be never hurt.

Good Grades are the Only Way.

When you’re in the formative years of your life, school seems like the biggest priority in life, failing to be the ultimate disaster. This thought process is especially true with stricter parents, who emphasize getting the best grades in every class possible. Because of this philosophy, many people throughout life come to believe that good grades will automatically equate to success in the future. While exam marks in a few subjects will make abstract thought easier, the truth of the matter is that most things that dictate success will come later in life when there is more at stake. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that you should flunk every class you attend, but don’t take it too hard when you don’t get the classroom acclaim in which you were vying.

Instead of focusing on grades as a sense of self-worth, let’s rather say…

“Use your grades in school to learn what you ENJOY doing and don’t mind making a career.”

Because that’s what’s going to ensure you go into life loving what you do and being rewarded for such.


Fake It, 'til You Make It

“Don’t dress for the job you have. Dress for the job you want.” While the underlying statement holds for some industries, it’s pretty easy to take this quote too far. Feigning success while you’re still aspiring to grab it can cause a few problems when it comes to the actual journey. Faking the win will leave you in disappointment should you not reach the heights you set out for and would be alarming to friends and family should disagreements arise. The best thing to do is to temper the attitude and don’t overdo it.

Superficial personality traits aren’t going to cut it when you’re out in the real world, instead…

“Emulate the best parts of the people you idolize the most.”

When going in know this, you’ll always come out as not only the best version of yourself, but an idol to others all the same.


While you shouldn’t let the existence of myths sway you into not reaching for the heights you deserve, always remember to temper your enthusiasm as per circumstance. Everybody is different, come from diverse places, and have wildly different experiences. Because of this, the best piece of advice you can give yourself is to be true to yourself. Because in the end, the one who’s always there for you is you.


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