11 Types Of People To Avoid In Life If You Want To be Successful

You’ve got big goals and ambitions and know what you want to achieve in life, and that’s amazing. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such clarity. Hopefully, you’re also aware that the path to success is likely to be a rocky one with plenty of ups and downs along the way. However, with a strong sense of resilience and the ability to persevere, there’s nothing that will stop you from reaching the pinnacle of whatever it is you’re aiming for. Just make sure you avoid these people who will stand in your way of becoming successful.

1. The constant complainers

There’s nothing more cathartic than venting when someone or something makes you mad or disappoints you. However, a well-adjusted person realizes that they can’t be a hater 24/7 or they’re going to end up miserable and kinda sad. While you’re out there trying to achieve big goals, hanging around with people who constantly complain about every minor inconvenience or perceived slight is not only going to be a serious downer, it’s also going to distract you from moving forward. No thanks!

2. The naysayers

Naysayers will often tell you why your ideas won’t work and dismiss opportunities before giving them a chance. This type of person tends to focus on all the things potentially standing in their way rather than how they can overcome them and do their thing anyway. Consistently being exposed to this negativity can make you start to doubt yourself or start to hesitate in your decision-making process. Avoid people like this so you can protect your energy and your sense of self-worth.

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4. The manipulators

Manipulators usually have their own agenda and can be very skilled at bending situations to benefit themselves, sometimes at your expense. They might use charm, coercion, or subtle psychological tactics to influence your actions and decisions. This manipulative behavior can knock you off your path and make you start to question your perceptions and judgments. Put some serious boundaries in place with people like this and let them know it’s not gonna fly with you.

5. The drama queens (and kings!)

Drama magnets attract and generate a whirlwind of emotional upheaval around them. They tend to turn minor issues into major crises and they’ll want you to get as hyped up about the situation as they are (and often feel slighted when you don’t). Getting involved in these dramas can be incredibly distracting and can pull your focus away from your priorities. When you’re striving for success, avoid people who thrive on giving Oscar-worthy performances on a daily basis.

6. The jealous kind

Jealous people can seriously hamper your progress on your road to success. Their inability to celebrate other people’s achievements usually leads them to try and discredit you or try to undermine your achievements in some way to make them feel less crappy about themselves. This negativity isnt’ always direct, but it can create an environment where your accomplishments aren’t recognized or supported. When you’re working hard to reach your goals, it’s important to surround yourself with people who can cheer you on, not those who secretly hope you’ll fail because they are comparing their own progress to yours.

7. The overly competitive

There’s a fine line between healthy competition and taking it to the extreme, and some people have no issue crossing it. These people may resort to underhanded tactics to win or may even sabotage others to maintain their edge. Their aggressive approach to competition is usually a serious problem within a team dynamic and it makes working with them nearly impossible. When every interaction is seen as a contest, it becomes hard to share ideas or work together for mutual success, which is why these people need to be avoided at all costs. The only person you should be in competition with is yourself.

8. The false flatterers

Flattery, especially when it is insincere, can seriously cloud your judgment. They’re saying all the right things and your ego is like, “Girl, yes, thanks!” but the logical part of you is also like, “Hmm, something feels off…” Flatterers use excessive, and often strategic, compliments to ingratiate themselves for their own personal gain. While receiving praise feels good, when it’s fake, it serves no purpose in your life. It can distract you from genuine feedback you actually need to hear, keeping you from critical self-reflection and improvement. Discerning real compliments from false flattery is tough, but it’s a distinction worth making.

9. The gossipers

Gossipers thrive on spreading rumors and speculating about other people’s lives because they have nothing better to do, which can create a really tense, divisive atmosphere. Joining in not only gives you a bad reputation but also wastes precious time that could be spent on stuff that’s more perspective. Not only that, but gossiping can lead to damaged relationships and a negative work environment, and that’s not how you become successful. Cut ’em out!

10. The unreliable

Dealing with people who are consistently late, miss deadlines, or fail to show up can seriously slow you down and disrupt your plans. When you can’t count on someone to follow through, it can cause a chain reaction of inefficiency and stress, and that’s a big no-no. Reliability is a huge part of successful relationships, both professionally and personally. It’s essential to surround yourself with people who value commitment and understand the importance of reliability, allowing for the smooth execution of plans and projects.

11. The constant victims

People who love to play the victim tend to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and the circumstances of their lives are serious vampires. They often blame their personal and professional failures on external factors, rather than their own choices or behaviors. This mindset is not only obnoxious to witness, it’s also draining for the people around them, as it often breeds a culture of blame and excuses rather than one of accountability and proactivity.

12. The short-term thinkers

Avoid these people at all costs when you’re trying to be successful. People who consistently focus only on immediate gratification and short-term gains can inadvertently steer you away from long-term success. They often prioritize quick fixes over sustainable strategies and may make impulsive decisions with their now-or-never mentality. This approach not only risks your future goals but can also lead to a cycle of constant urgency and stress. That’s a big NOPE.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill