The Power Of Understanding What Not To Do

Zaid K. Dahhaj
4 min readSep 29, 2018

It is very important what not to do.” (Iggy Pop)

“red and white stop road sign” by Michael Mroczek on Unsplash

We live in a society that is focused on what to do as opposed to what not to do. Success lists, ‘How To’ books, self help advice on what new habit to implement, the list seemingly goes on forever.

I would argue that it is much more important to understand what to avoid and what not to do on our journeys to becoming the strongest versions of ourselves.

Why is focusing on what one should avoid so important?

Focusing on what shouldn’t be done allows you to avoid mediocrity.

By definition, mediocrity is falling into things that one should avoid. The vast majority of people make this mistake and that is why being mediocre in today’s society is so dysfunctional.

You save resources.

Avoiding the things that will cause you more harm than good will save you an unbelievable amount of time, energy, money, so on and so forth.

These saved resources can then go on and be used for more fulfilling and fruitful purposes.

You speed up the process of greatness.

Greatness, in my opinion, is defined as doing things that others aren’t and being someone who is of value.

This is what we become when we focus on what we should avoid, avoid them, and re-direct our energy towards the meaningful and noteworthy things.

You feel much more at ease within the world.

The vast majority of people are suffering unnecessarily because they have chosen to become victim’s of their own ways of thinking. Don;t let this become you.

Instead, by avoiding those ways of thinking, for example, you become much more at peace with the world and end up fostering an empowering environment for your future success and fulfillment.

Below, we’ll describe some examples on focusing on what you should avoid.

The Countless Examples Of What Not To Do


Zaid K. Dahhaj

Sleep King. Helping family men fix fatigue in less than 42 days without letting loved ones suffer. Founder: The 2AM Podcast.