20 Things You Should Never Assume

For Goodness Sake, Stop Assuming!

As I look back at my journey, it’s amazing to me how many leadership failures came from poor assumptions. Success, greatness, breakthrough, liberation and overall peace are all at risk when we assume.

So here are 20 things you should not assume in the future, in no particular order:

  1. Don’t assume it’s a simple task and others should just “get it.”
  2. Don’t assume asking for help will harm your credibility.
  3. Don’t assume gossip is accurate! Better yet, just stay away from gossip. (Tweet This)
  4. Don’t assume if they read this book, they will change.
  5. Don’t assume they don’t feel entitled to all that you give.
  6. Don’t assume your awards, your numbers and your things prove you are a great leader.
  7. Don’t assume everyone will love you if your plan succeeds.
  8. Don’t assume your idea will motivate others if you haven’t taken the time to know them.
  9. Don’t assume they won’t value your view or opinion.
  10. Don’t assume their annoying behavior will go away on its own.
  11. Don’t assume they are ready to jump on your objective without a “good morning” and cup of coffee first.
  12. Don’t assume their intent based on their Facebook post.
  13. Don’t assume your family sees how much you love them based on how hard you work.
  14. Don’t assume your kids love it just because you do.
  15. Don’t assume they’ll just say no.
  16. Don’t assume your vote doesn’t matter.
  17. Don’t assume they won’t embrace the card, the letter or the apology.
  18. Don’t assume things will never change.
  19. Don’t assume you can’t start over.
  20. Don’t assume you’re in good health.

Oh, there’s one more.

If you just skimmed this and assumed none of them pertain to you, you better read it again.

Wishing you all the best!

2 replies
  1. Jeremy Bates
    Jeremy Bates says:

    Taking anything for granted is not ideal at all so assuming in all these questions can be very dangerous. Number 3 is great “3.Don’t assume gossip is accurate! Better yet, just stay away from gossip” very wise and all should head this advice for sure. So many of these are so straight forward in their approach such as the Facebook one and the health one. I think that in life if we start assuming then we take out the intimate walk we should be experiencing in life and gaining all we can from it. I had a mentor tell me one time and he had it in his office at work that when you assume you make an ass out of u and me which is a funny way to play with the spelling of the word but it holds a lot of truth. We don’t need to take this life for granted or the life and time of those who we are engaged with in this life so don’t assume, ensure!

  2. Jaclyn
    Jaclyn says:

    I am the absolute queen of assuming things before I know all of the facts. Jumping to conclusions based off of assumptions is something I am well known for. Many of the things listed above are true about things I assume before knowing, but there were a few that really stuck out to me. Don’t assume gossip is accurate, don’t assume their intent based on their Facebook post, and don’t assume they’ll just say no. Assuming that gossip is accurate is my biggest flaw because I tend to be very gullible. Assuming someone’s intent based off of Facebook has caused me many arguments in the past. Assuming people will just say no has caused me to miss out on many opportunities and also a lot of situations I could receive help in. So, assuming things without knowing the whole truth is a very unhealthy way of going about life.

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