To become a successful entrepreneur you need to start becoming aware of your language and how you think.

I personally became aware that I was using words such as ‘I’ll try’.

As soon as I became aware I would catch myself every time I went to say them and I would choose an alternative word to take it’s place such as ‘I will’.

The word “Try” is a presupposition of failure.
Presupposition is a thing tacitly assumed beforehand at the beginning of a line of argument or course of action.
Therefore the subconscious mind assumes failure before you’ve even started.


Below are 7 phrases you will NEVER hear a true successful leader say:



How about you say “How can I?”

This train of thought opens your mind up to new ideas, possibilities and a way to find the solution to your challenge.

You must be open to problem solving and searching for new and innovative ways to make things happen.



Sometimes things can seem daunting and impossible, this can be an automatic response, killing the idea and the possibility of success around the corner.



If you say this to a potential client or customer how quickly do you think they will be finding someone else that can answer their question?

‘I will find out for you as soon as possible’ would be a much more professional response and your chances of developing your relationship with your client/customer further are strong because you have shown initiative in solving their problem.



The key to entrepreneurship is showing up every single day.

If sleep is more important to you than a Webinar or a interview opportunity that could impact your business and change your life, you may want to think twice about this journey.



When opportunities arise, Entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

This might mean some longs nights or super early mornings but if you truly want it you will make it happen.



Part of being successful is having a valued sense of self worth which is acquired through daily personal development reading and audios.

Believing in yourself and your ability to achieve all that you desire.



The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than six conferences per year,
The average American worker reads an average of less than one book and makes 319 times less income.
Success leaves clues……


Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply model other successful leaders.

What words are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking?

49 thoughts on “7 phrases you’ll NEVER hear a true successful leader say

  1. These phrases encapsulates the attributes of successful leaders. Every aspiring entrepreneur should read this post again and again to perpetuate those qualities. Awesome post.Alesha Drew.

  2. Great post Alesha! We certainly need to watch the language we use and ensure it empowers us. Successful entrepreneurs certainly focus on solution and what can be achieved 🙂

  3. Ohh that last line…success leaves clues…yes indeed! I have to say these lines that you don;t hear from successful people is spot on. We have learned to remove those n’t words from our vocabulary. The have been replaced with positive action oriented words. The words you say actually speak volumes!

    1. Yes that might be a good idea Melinda, you’ll start catching yourself like I did and eventually you won’t say them at all and you’ll start noticing how much other people use these words all too often.

  4. What we say definitely fuels the actions we take. Learning the language of successful people is super important to anyone expecting to achieve similar results as those who have already succeeded. Great post again.

  5. Yes that might be a good idea Melinda, you’ll start catching yourself like I did and eventually you won’t say them at all and you’ll start noticing how much other people use these words all too often.

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