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6 Behaviors People in Business Loathe If you find yourself doing any of these things, you really should stop -- right now.

By Adam Callinan

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Our success is often defined by the things that we do and less by the things that we say -- I really do believe it can be that simple. This often comes down to the trust that is built by our actions when we interact with others, yet we're constantly surrounded by people that just can't seem to figure it out -- whether intentionally or not.

I've taken the liberty of creating a small laundry list of actions that, if you find yourself doing, you really should stop -- right now.

1. Don't do what you say you're going to.

Here's the deal: If you can create one rule in your life that has the capacity to tremendously alter outcomes, it's this one. Just do what you say you're going to do. The benefit of this seemingly simple ask is that the vast majority of your fellow human beings just won't or can't. They'll make promises and commitments that they either don't have the intention or purely the bandwidth to follow through on -- so when you do, you'll look like a superhero.

Related: 10 Behaviors of Genuine People

2. Constantly looking at your phone.

Yes, we're all guilty of this from time to time -- or all the time in some extremely inconsiderate cases. The reality is, what you're telling those around you is that they're not important. What is important is the gadget in your hand that has you so transfixed it's as if its mere use is extending your life by rewarding you with credits to the lost fountain of youth. Guess what, it's not.

Do yourself a favor and put your pocket computer on silent in your pocket when you're engaging with others -- whatever is happening on Candy Crush can wait.

3. Your lack of eye contact.

I know, this is pretty simple, but I'm going to take it in a bit of different direction. I'm not referring to the first introduction, "it's nice to meet you" type of eye contact -- although that's super important too -- I'm referring to when we're sitting at lunch and you're having a hard time focusing, which is represented by your incessant looking about the room or at the TV behind me.

If you can't focus on a discussion, how are you to be trusted to focus on a considerably more complicated project, task or job?

Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?

4. You talk about yourself, non-stop.

When you're engaged in conversation and find yourself out of breath whilst deep into a series of self satisfying stories about you-know-who, what you're really saying is that you care only about yourself and likely possess an ego that has may never be tamed. Guess what? You'll get a lot further in life by asking a few questions, closing your yapper and just listening intently. Try it and watch magic happen.

5. You're late.

There's not much worse than dealing with someone that can't keep track of their own schedule and, as a result, is late to scheduled calls or meetings. All you're really telling the world, or at least those that are waiting for you, is that your time is more valuable than theirs and you're completely incompetent when it comes to managing your own schedule. I know, things happen. Here's a solution: plan accordingly.

6. Using acronyms.

Every business and industry is fraught with top-secret jargon and confusing acronyms. When you find yourself spouting them off while amongst those that aren't in your industry or may not understand them, it's often perceived that you're posturing with the intent to show the world how smart you are -- and by default, how stupid they are. It's OK to use your code words, but just be sure to be conscious of those around you and take the time to explain what they mean.

What are some behaviors that you think should be stopped immediately? Let us know in the comments section below.

Related: How Understanding Behavioral Psychology Can Help Your Business Blossom

Adam Callinan

Entrepreneur and Venture Investor

Adam Callinan is a founder at BottleKeeper, the fast-paced and sarcasm-infused solution to the warm beer and broken bottle epidemics that have plagued the world for centuries. Callinan is also a founding partner at Beachwood Ventures, a Los Angeles-based early-stage and non-traditional venture-capital firm at the intersection of technology and entertainment. As an entrepreneur, Callinan has spent over a decade building small businesses in and around technology, medical devices and consumer products, which most recently includes an exit in 2013. Callinan lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife Katie.

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