19 Traits of Negative People


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Negative people have certain character flaws that form the foundation of lives filled with unhappiness, misery and poverty. They hold onto these negative character flaws like they were children, nurturing and protecting them their entire lives.

What are the 19 Traits of Negative People?

  1. Pessimism – Negative people always see the glass as half empty. They focus on the downside to every future decision in life not only for themselves but also for others.
  2. Doubt – Negative people are filled with doubts that hold them back from achieving anything worthwhile in life.
  3. Fear – Negative people are afraid to take risks, fear change, fear people, fear new opportunities, fear marriage, etc.
  4. Constant Worry – Negative people are constantly stressed. They worry about every possible negative outcome.
  5. Gossip – Negative people incessently gossip about others and never in a good way.
  6. Deceit – Negative people are deceitful. They seek to separate you from your money, possessions and relationships.
  7. Uncontrolled Anger – Negative people get angry quickly and often.
  8. Complaining – Negative people complain about everything, everybody and life in general.
  9. Criticism – Negative people are constantly criticizing everything about themselves, the government, the economy, their bosses or supervisors, other workers, their spouse, friends, family, etc.
  10. Envy – Negative people envy what others have. They are not grateful for what they have. They are jealous and bitter about the lives of others.
  11. Condemnation – Negative people condemn, put down and belittle others.
  12. Selfishness – Negative people put themselves first and everyone else last.
  13. Cheap – Because negative people see the world through the lens of scarcity and not abundance, they hold on to their money and possessions. They are not charitable-minded or generous.
  14. Blame – Negative people blame their problems on others. They do not take individual responsibility for their lives. They see themselves as victims.
  15. Unapologetic – Negative people never apologize for any actions that hurt others.
  16. Avoid Criticism – Negative people do not like to be criticized by others. They will go out of their way to avoid seeking feedback.
  17. Know-It-Alls – Negative people are know-in-alls. They come off as conceited and egotistical. They think they are always right.
  18. Lack Compassion – Negative people lack compassion for others.
  19. Avoid Change – Negative people avoid change. They stay within their comfort zones and never grow as individuals.

Most of the poor in my Rich Habits Study were wallowing in negativity. Negative people will drag you down in life. They will waste your valuable time. They infect your thinking like a virus. They are dream destroyers. You need to avoid negative people at all costs if you want to succeed in life. In order to avoid negative people, you must be able to identify their traits.





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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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