These are some things that led me down a road to where I hated absolutely everything about myself:
Don’t learn from your mistakes. Continue to make the same mistakes, over and over.
Surround yourself with the wrong crowd. You become a product of your environment. Eventually, you will no longer know who you used to be.
Chase your dreams but refuse to acquire the skills and techniques you require to achieve them. You will just fail over and over and look like a complete moron while doing it.
Use people. After you’re done with them, they will expose you and tarnish your reputation, just like you used them for their abilities.
Lie. Every lie will eventually be brought to light, and you will be exposed for who you truly are.
Refuse to open up to others. When you close yourself off to the world, you end up living a life full of loneliness.
Look down upon others. When you feel that you are superior to others, people will walk out of your life or plot ways to take you down.
Be greedy. When you are in it solely for yourself, people sense it. Friends will flock from you faster than seagulls chasing after a piece of bread.
Hold grudges. When you hold grudges, you become inept to forgiving others. Without forgiveness, you will always carry a burden of hate.
Regret. Regret destroys everything about who you are. It limits your future. It fills you with depression and hopelessness.
Become a victim. When a tragedy occurs in your life, you have to understand that it was just one particular situation. It isn’t something that will consistently happen. Unless… You are unable to learn the lesson that was meant to be learned from the scenario.
Hide under the covers to your bed for days on end. Life keeps moving, but you don’t. Eventually, rent will be due and you won’t have any money left to run away from your problems any longer.
Plan out your suicide. Once you’re gone, you’re gone forever.
If you weren’t lucky to have someone save you like I had, then you would just cease to exist.
There wouldn’t be any more passing moments to turn it all around.
Leonard Kim is Managing Partner at InfluenceTree. At InfluenceTree, Leonard and his team teach you how to build your (personal or business) brand, get featured in publications and growth hack your social media following.