Want to hit it big? Then avoid these sentences. Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply follow the examples that others set for you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a benefits broker, an HR director, an entrepreneur or a company vice president, if you want to be more successful then you need to talk and think like successful people do. A Fortune magazine article by Sujan Patel, originally published in Entrepreneur, details 15 phrases you will never hear the most successful people say. Here’s the list:

  1. We can’t do that.
  2. I don’t know how.
  3. I don’t know what that is.
  4. I did everything on my own.
  5. That’s too early.
  6. That’s too late.
  7. It’s too bad we couldn’t work together.
  8. Let’s catch up sometime.
  9. I’m sorry, I’m too busy.
  10. That was all my idea.
  11. I never read books.
  12. I’m not good enough.
  13. It’s OK. (over and over).
  14. If our competitors don’t have it, then we don’t need it.
  15. Time off is for suckers.

Now that you’ve seen the list, what phrases are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking? Read the complete Fortune magazine article and the rationale behind each of the phrases.


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