Obstacles to Personal Growth

Ask the Readers: What do you wish you had never believed?

Often the greatest obstacles to personal growth are deeply rooted misconceptions. False beliefs about wealth, personal relationships, and the nature of success can hold you back for years.

Several months ago Steve Olson published a list of 10 things he wishes he’d never believed. My favorites from his list:

  1. Money is the root of all evil.
  2. Getting a good job is the best way to earn money.
  3. Admitting a mistake is a sign of weakness.

It’s an amazing moment when you realize that something you’ve believed your whole life simply isn’t true. It’s also incredibly liberating to overcome the false beliefs that have been holding you back.

In an effort to expose as many harmful misconceptions as possible, I ask the readers: What do you wish you had never believed?

Leave your answers in the comments and I’ll compile the results into an article. Hopefully we can open up some eyes.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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