A stress free life is not only determined by the people you associate with but also by people you avoid. Entrepreneurs particularly always need to remain laser sharp by focusing on the primary goal and reducing distractions and the unnecessary obstacles that can be avoided with the right planning and strategies. Here are 5 types of people you need to avoid to reach your utmost greatest potential. 

1. Negative People

Negative people are people who seem to always find a way to criticize anything and everything they come into contact with. These kinds of people mostly come to their own conclusions before they even hear the merits of your case. Negative people hardly ever listen or take any advice and because of their entrenched pessimistic outlook on life. If you grant such people enough access to your life, they shall drain all your positive energy because of their negative opinions and views. The following words can be associated with negative people; “You cannot do it, It has never been done, Do not even waste your time about it, It is too difficult, These people are failures etc.”

2. Envious People

An Envious person is one who feels that whatever good thing that comes your way should have happened to them instead. These people are dangerous to be around because instead of celebrating your success with you, they are always scheming to bring you down, often behind your back. It is often a challenging task to identify these kinds of people because of their double faced nature. They will praise you in public but denigrate you in the dark. Whenever you identify such people in your life, keep a very close mark on them because they can cause so much trouble for you.

3. People who know everything

Typically people who play experts all the time don’t ever listen because according to them, that’s right – they know everything. These kind of people are not only a nuisance when they are in your life but can be a complete nightmare when you have to do business with them. I admire the way President Abraham Lincoln is said to have handled a person who exhibited the all-knowing attitude. Lincoln asked, “How many legs will a sheep have if you call the tail a leg?”

“Five,” the man answered.”

“No,” replied Lincoln, “he’ll still have four, because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.” I recommend this exercise for any all-knowing person you come across. Let us all be willing to learn from others.

4. Arrogant people

There is a thin line between confidence and arrogance and many people mistaken confidence to be arrogance and vice versa. Confident people mainly inspire and motivate while arrogant people intimidate, annoy and oppress. Arrogant people are dangerous to allow into your life because, they feel everybody is inferior to them and treat people as such. If you do not want to be treated as a second class human being by anybody, then do not give room to arrogant people.

5. People who are always victims

Victims are people who always make excuses for their shortfalls. They blame everybody else but themselves. They blame the government, society, their parents, teachers (etc.) but never focus on themselves. They have a lot in common with negative people including; never accepting responsibility for their actions and pointing fingers all the time.


About the Author, G.K. Sarpong

G. K. Sarpong is an author and founder of Christian Thinkers Community (CTC), a multidimensional organisation headquartered in Accra, Ghana. Sarpong also writes for several media firms across the continent of Africa and a guest writer and editor for various international journals and newsletters including Light Magazine Africa, The Revolution Journal and Christian Thinkers Journal. Sarpong has authored over seven books and hundreds of articles, some of which include Entrepreneurship Africa, Develop the Master in You, Building Success and Answers to Life’s Foundational Questions.