11. Give up the toxic people
"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." ―Jim Rohn
People we spend the most time with, add up to who we become.
There are people who are less accomplished in their personal and professional life, and there are people who are more accomplished than us. If you spend time with those who are behind you, your average will go down, and with it, your success.
But if you spend time with people who are more accomplished than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will become more successful.
Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.
12. Give up your need to be liked
"The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important." — Oliver Emberton
Think of yourself as a market niche.
There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don't. And no matter what you do, you won't be able to make the entire market like you.
This is entirely natural, and there's no need to justify yourself.
The only thing you can do is remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of "haters" means that you are doing important things.
13. Give up your dependency on social media and television
"The trouble is, you think you have time." — Jack Kornfield
Impulsive web browsing and television watching are diseases of today's society.
These two should never be an escape from your life or your goals.
Unless your goals depend on either, you should minimize (or even eliminate) your dependency on them, and direct that time towards things that can enrich your life.
This commentary originally ran on Medium.com.
Zdravko Cvijetic is an educator, and an entrepreneur, with a B.A. in Adult Education & Lifelong Learning. He is the founder of Zero To Skill, a platform which provides useful content on how to become a top-performer in life by mastering your habits and productivity and use it to build a personal brand. If you enjoyed his article, don't forget to get his free e-book: "The Ultimate Productivity Cheat Sheet."