I’m pretty great at failing at blogging. I’ve done it numerous times. So when I read a list of 31 major causes of failure in Napoleon Hill’s super-ultra-mega-classic book Think and Grow Rich, I was definitely familiar with a number of them. I did feel, however, that some of the reasons didn’t apply so much to blogging, so I chose ten that I think are especially applicable. Be warned, some of these might hit a bit close to home.

Here we go:

  1. Lack of a well-defined purpose in life.
  2. Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity.
  3. Insufficient education
  4. Lack of self-discipline
  5. Procrastination
  6. Lack of persistence
  7. Uncontrolled desire for “something for nothing”
  8. Wrong selection of a vocation
  9. Lack of concentration of effort
  10. Lack of enthusiasm

OK, sweet. Does any of that sound familiar? So now let’s apply that to blogging:

  1. Do you have a clearly-defined niche?
  2. Are you putting your heart and soul into this thing or are you just doing the bare minimum to get people to your blog?
  3. Do you know what you’re doing? Are there better, more efficient ways to do what you’re trying to do?
  4. Are you spending more time watching funny videos on YouTube than you are producing quality content?
  5. Do you put things off that need to get done?
  6. Do you feel like giving up after “failing to succeed” after just a month or two of working on your blog?
  7. Are you in a get-rich-quick mindset?
  8. Are you in the wrong niche?
  9. Do you have too many projects going on? Are you spreading yourself too thin?
  10. Are you excited about what you’re doing?

It’s important that we honestly answer these questions and know these causes of failure because we can be watching for them as we go about our various blogging and business endeavors. Otherwise it would be like hunting for moose but having no idea what moose look like. Wow. That was a random, lame example. Sorry about that.

Anyway, what do you think are other causes of failure for bloggers? Or maybe you have an example that’s better than hunting moose? :)

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