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Are You Damaging Your Own Career Path?

Updated on December 5, 2017
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No one has the intention of making life personally more difficult. In fact, common sense is a life as simple as possible while getting the biggest benefits from it. A career takes up an enormous portion of any individual's life. The ability to gain the most out of it is extremely important. This is where these particular mindsets and ideas come in handy.

Employment and prospects

Most folks have an image in mind when thinking of career sabotage of an unknown assailant on the attack. The reality is countless folks are actually the face of their own personal downfall. This is never intentional, but does occur more often than most people believe. Accepting this is possible and doing everything to avoid it is taking the right step toward a positive outcome.

This Hub is being used to outline more than few ways to save, nourish and continue to thrive in any job position. Avoid being your own worst enemy,

Someone else is the issue, never me

This is a negative time held belief which guarantees the ultimate disruption in any career. The conspiracy buffs believe someone is always out to get them. No matter what they do there is failure because of these unknown people supposedly hunting them at work. The purpose of the hunt is to discredit, disturb and disrupt a career. This is generally where the idea of it is someone else responsible for any negative impact on the job. This hardly ever true.

Of course exceptions exist. There are some paranoid people who are right from time to time. However, workers with a certainty everyone is always out to do personal harm to a career path are heading for certain damage.

Every boss is a donkey and all coworkers are lazy bums only concerned with gaining their positions. Believe it or not nine times out of ten you are the problem. You are the backstabber and the lazy bum holding you back. It’s not them it’s you.

Take a personal assessment of situations and attempt to view all situations as objectively as possible. One of the best tests of it is you and not some other individual is when it takes place with more than one boss.

Folks discover moving from job to job does nothing to stop the issue must trust in the theory no one is out to get you, but you. Make a change immediately. A new outlook on life is one resource to adhere to. There is the possibility where not only is this an emotion at work but also at the store and other places where you come into contact with people.

If you are unable to see it objectively, get a second opinion. Ask a close friend or relative for their outlook on circumstances. Be prepared for any response. Take the feedback and make it work in your favor.

You always know what is right and have nothing new to learn

Everyone has something new to learn. Regardless if you have been in a position for 10 years, things change. Failing to listen and absorb new training or knowledge leads to looking for a new job quick, fast and in a hurry. Old school is great, but old school has to eventually meet new school and both are capable of learning from one another.

People in this mindset are usually insecure and have inferiority complexes when compared with coworkers. These are attributes which must be overcome. When you have this type of attitude people working along side you see you as unapproachable. This is not where you want to be in the workplace.

Being open to new things is a wonderful road to a successful journey in life. This includes work. Devising new and better things come to these types as well as building confidence in job security.

Deserving something for nothing

What do you deserve and what are you entitled to? Back in the day seniority counted for something and it was respected above nearly everything else. A couple of perks came along with company loyalty and giving your all for a number of years. Not anymore.

No one is entitled to anything without earning it. Whether it takes two years or twenty. There are certainly times working very hard is rewarded with the smallest things, but in the end it will even out. Other times there are bigger rewards for nothing at all. Never complain about the former and you will see the latter.

Don’t expect something for nothing every day. Put a fire under your butt and work for a living and you will be rewarded. The percentages always show this to be the best case scenario.

Mediocre work gets mediocre results

Remember the company is not there for you, you are there for it. Workers habitually placing personal matters ahead of the company will be short lived in a profession. This statement does not warrant giving up everything and never living outside of the cubicle, but make certain the balance is more in favor of the company whenever possible.

Get ahead placing the needs of the business first. Mediocre work warrants mediocre raises, promotions and attention. Going above and beyond is a mantra for a successful career. Always try to rise above the bar. Once above that bar, set a higher one to override. Getting results for the company is what employees are hired to do. Outstanding employees tend to be be rewarded for achievements eventually in one form or another.


Right to work and right to fire

Working is something no one has the right to do. In fact, 49 of the 50 states in America are fire at will. This means any employment actually has the option to fire any worker at any time simply because they choose to do so. Montana is the exception to the hire and fire at will practice.

Make a change. The only thing stopping you is you.

Personal time is for personal business

Using company time to hand personal business is a one way ticket to disaster. Personal or vacation time is typical for most companies. If not use the days off to take care of those things which are important to your life outside of work.

Limit personal phone calls and avoid dating coworkers if there is a possibility a break up hurts either parties career.

In conclusion

There is no easy road to get ahead in any profession. Any one with an expectation of coasting along until winning the lottery is in for disappointments. Hard work, perseverance and constantly improving goes a long way in achieving the successful career every worker desires. Reevaluate where and what you want in this aspect of life and make the necessary changes to see it take place.

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    • Rod Marsden profile image

      Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Being a great asset to whatever company you work for is what needs to be done. The research firm I currently work for needs me to be in various locations around Sydney and Wollongong on time. Usually arriving on time isn't an option. I can either be early or late for the work. I always opt for early. Thus if the train I am on is late getting in I will still arrive in plenty of time to be on time. I will vote up.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great points. We should all strive to be a great asset to our employers and, let's face it, we're all replaceable. (Except for Steve Jobs and I have a hard time believing that anyone could replace him!)

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      point2make 6 years ago

      Very good hub and the information and tips are very helpful. As a life long "manager" I have seen many employees who, after they are hired, struggle to identify their place within the company. They were not hired only for their skill set and education. They were hired because during the hiring process they also projected a confidence and the personality that the company believed would be a great fit to the team. Often times after an new employee is hired they forget to bring those personal traits, that set them apart from all the other applicants, with them to the job. One piece of advice I would add would be to remind everyone that when I hire a new employee I am hiring a person not a skill set. Your resume got you in the got the job.

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      Nice hub, thanks for the advice especially for butting your company ahead your self needs. Voted up

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      sueswan- that is a wonderful comment and should be considered by everyone, especially writers. thanks for the feedback

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative.

      When we think we know everything that is when we stop learning.

      I have dealt with many employees in my job who have such a sense of entitlement. They think the world owes them and never take responsibility for themselves.

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      c-bless 6 years ago

      A manager once told me that I worked hard but not smart because I was professional. didn't play games and did my job very well (go figure). Very insightful article and a great read. Thank you for sharing...

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      Lorna Lorraine 6 years ago from Croydon

      The workplace is packed with self-saboteurs, but there are still a lot who are fully committed.Thank you for another useful hub.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      These are so true! Anything that's worth it has to be earned with hard work. Thanks for sharing this advice. I voted it up and useful.


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