1. Rely on others for approval

Independent individuals make decisions based on their own values and beliefs, without seeking validation from others, which allows them to avoid a toxic cycle of constantly needing approval and confidently walk to the beat of their own drum. 

2. Follow the crowd

Independent individuals are comfortable making their own decisions and going against popular opinion, valuing individuality and authenticity over conformity, which often leads them to take the road less traveled and step out of their comfort zones. 

3. Stay in comfort zones

Independent individuals understand that personal growth requires embracing challenges, taking risks, and trying new things, rather than staying in comfort zones that can lead to complacency and a lack of innovation. 

4. Avoid responsibility

Independent individuals take responsibility for their actions, avoiding excuses and blame, understanding that this mindset can lead to a victim mentality and lack of accountability, and empower themselves by taking control of their lives. 

5. Fear failure

Independent individuals take risks and do not fear failure, considering it a valuable experience and an inevitable part of the learning process, allowing them to learn and grow rather than be held back by setbacks. 

6. Hold grudges

Independent individuals prioritize positive emotions such as gratitude and compassion over bitterness and resentment by practicing forgiveness and avoiding holding grudges that can hinder their progress and well-being. 

7. Give up easily

Independent individuals are persistent and determined, as they understand that giving up easily signifies a lack of resilience and a fear of failure, while success demands perseverance and the courage to try again and again despite setbacks. 

8. Procrastinate

Independent individuals prioritize their goals, are disciplined and focused, and do not let distractions get in the way of their productivity, unlike procrastinators who often feel overwhelmed to the point of inaction. 

9. Engage in self-pity

Independent individuals don't engage in self-pity or victim mentality, but take responsibility for their lives and focus on finding solutions, leading to personal growth and positive changes. 

10. Blame others for their problems

Independent individuals take ownership of their lives and seek solutions to their challenges, as blaming others for problems can lead to a sense of helplessness and lack of accountability. 

11. Limit themselves

Genuinely independent people believe that anything is achievable through hard work and focus, and they do not limit themselves due to a lack of ambition, while acknowledging that perfection may not always be attainable. 

12. Seek perfection

Independent people focus on progress and improvement rather than seeking unattainable perfection, celebrating small victories along the way and owning their power. 

13. Give up their power

Independent people practice assertiveness by taking control of their lives, making their own decisions, and avoiding giving up their power to others, which can result in feelings of helplessness and lack of autonomy. 

14. Depend on others for happiness

Independent people understand that true happiness comes from within and they cultivate their own hobbies and interests, focusing on creating a fulfilling life for themselves, while never stopping learning. 

15. Stop learning

Independent people are lifelong learners who embrace new challenges and are always seeking new knowledge and experiences to boost personal growth and prevent stagnation. 

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