From Outwitting the Devil, by Napoleon Hill –
The first thing you will notice about a drifter is his total lack of a major purpose in life. He will be conspicuous by his lack of self confidence. He will never accomplish anything requiring thought and effort. He spends all he earns and more too if he can get credit. He will be sick or ailing from some reason or imaginary cause and be crying to high heaven if he has any pain. He will be lacking in imagination and lack enthusiasm and initiative to begin anything he is not forced to undertake and he will plainly express his weakness by taking the line of least resistance whenever he can do so. He will be ill tempered and lacking in control of his emotions. His personality will be without magnetism and it will not attract other people. He will have opinions on everything but accurate knowledge of nothing. He may be jack of all trades but good at none. He will neglect to cooperate with those around him even those on whom he must depend for food and shelter. He will make the same mistake over and over again never profiting by failure. He will be narrow minded and intolerant on all subjects ready to crucify those who may disagree with him. He will expect everything of others but he wiling to give little or nothing in return. He may begin many things but complete nothing. He will be loud in his condemnation of his government but he will never tell you definitely how it can be improved. He will never reach decisions on anything if he can avoid it and if he is forced to decide he will reverse himself at the first opportunity. He will eat too much and exercise too little. He will take a drink of liquor if someone else will pay for it. He will gamble if he can do it on the cuff. He will criticize others if they are succeeding in their chosen calling. In brief the drifter will work harder to get out of thinking than most others work in earning a good living. He will tell a lie rather than admit his ignorance on any subject. If he works for others he will criticize them to their backs and flatter them to their faces.
Shift. Don’t drift.