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Updated on October 10, 2011


In the last week one of my colleagues, Fara got fired from her job just after four months of her appointment as a history teacher in the school.  She called me and told me about the news; she was really worried and desperate. She told me that it was her sixth job in two years of her professional life. She admitted that she could not survive any of these six jobs for whole one year. It was really unfortunate and even frustrating for a person who has master’s degree and did not have a job.

She was unable to understand the causes for which she got fired. She asked me to figure out as a third person and help her to amend anything wrong on her part which leads her to job loss. Hopefully she would also read these observations with open heart and try to amend herself, that she can have a stable job. Nutshell of my experience of job:

“That is your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

When some one else is promoted, we often wonder where we went wrong. Why she? Why not me? All these questions hit our mind but we often fail to realize is that despite our best efforts, we may have been behaving in a manner that has effected our career progression negatively. Here some reasons are given, which are actually working like the stones in our ways of success.

Some career damaging behaviors


There is no justification for dishonesty and no matter how harmless that little white lie may be, it will tarnish your reputation in the long run.



Rude behavior, snubbing coworkers, especially those junior to you, and intentionally belittling others creates ill feelings and leave a negative impression about you in people’s mind, especially the people who matter.

Office politics

Do keep abreast with what’s going on, but be neutral and stay away from politics at all costs. Avoid choosing sides and joining a camp. This can hurt your career simply by associations.

Loose lips sink ships

Tactless comments, inappropriate personal remarks and cross jokes are irresponsible, disrespectful and will reflect poorly on you. Behave in a diplomatic and respectable way with your colleagues and co workers.


Tardiness, absenteeism and delays in work can be over looked in awhile, but perpetual discipline will make people question your work ethic


Your colleagues will respect you more if you show commitment and sincerity towards your work. Lack of sincerity, especially if it impacts your performance and lets the team down, will lead to loose the confidence about your commitment with the organization.


Zip up your lips

Zip your lips otherwise they will zip your future ways of success. Means do not talk a lot as it is said,’use your ears more than your tongue. 

Avoid the company of seniors

Avoid the company of your seniors and if you sit between them just listen them but do not indulge yourself in any type of discussion related to office or your colleagues. In that way you would understand the different aspects of your job and colleagues even the inside stories of the institute. But don’t be the character of any story.

Money mindedness

 Do not measure every thing in monetary terms; negotiating a promotion only for the sake of financial gain may compel your boss to reconsider your promotion. Some times your free service for your institute really proves fruit full for your future. So avoid this type of behavior when you are a new employer.

Emotional outbursts

High strung behavior and frequent outbursts are unprofessional and suggest that you may be unable to handle pressure and hence unfit to hold a position of authority.



 People who make an effort to look presentable and well kept at work often perceived to be more conscientious and detail oriented, so make sure you dress well.

After the discussion of career damaging behavior we need to learn the tact’s, to make our boss happy that really matters for stability; and to get promotion in that institution.

Ways to Please Your Boss

·        Arrive 5 minutes earlier than usual.

·        Avoid being absent more than twice a month.

·        Try to have a perfect attendance for one whole month! No lates. No under time.

·        Don’t get caught napping.

·        Scribble something while on a meeting as though you’ve noted every word he said.

·        Nod at least twice in a meeting.

·        Greet him in the morning.

·        Greet him on his birthday.

·        Minimize grammatical errors in your report.

·        Come up with a brilliant idea once in a while.

·        Let him take credit.

·        Put words into his mouth when he’s already embarrassing himself talking about nonsense things.

·        Thanks him for his leadership.

·        Defend him from nasty officemates.

·        Organize your working papers.

·        Make a mess of your table so you won’t appear idle and have nothing to do.

·        Be sensitive to your boss’ mood and temper.

·        No matter how silly some of his ways may appear to you, never lose your respect.

·        Appreciate his strengths (everybody has one, you know).

·        Have a healthy sense of humor.

·        Be a bridge of understanding between your boss and your officemates.

·        Don’t cite his errors directly or disrespectfully, especially in front of his superiors.

·        Attend seminars and update him with timely and useful information.

·        Help organize the system within your department to minimize bottlenecks and duplication of work performed.

·        Share a hobby.

·        Be proactive. Furnish him with reference materials he can use.

·        Keep him updated with the status of your work. Not so much however as to waste his precious time.

·        Be resourceful. Avoid asking unnecessary questions.

·        Mentor him. Let him be promoted so you wouldn’t suffer his face anymore.

·        Inspire him to look for another job. Tell him he is already too good for the company.

·        If he is not a good leader, let his discover his true calling. You will lose a boss but gain a friend.

·        If he is a good follower, be his true leader and advise him on useful matters.

·        Invite him over to dinner.

·        Discover something that would boost his self-esteem.

Be the follower of a philosophy

Follow the wisdom of old people, and avoid all those ways which brings disaster in his/her life. Try to learn the lessons of success from observations more than experiences. Here are some job motivational quotes of some great persons, which are actually the gist of their lives. Try to follow any saying which you like most, and be the part of a philosophy, which really paves your ways of success.

Philosophies which makes my career:

“A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

“If you have lemon, make lemonade.”

“Do or die.”

Job Motivational Quotes

Arthur Ashe
One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.

Brian Tracy
Only undertakes what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.

Thomas Edison
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Leo Buscaglia
Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.



Be honest with yourself, analyze your self in every step of job every step of your life to amend your self and follow your dreams, because you wouldn't want it so bad if you couldn't have it. The universe gives you these dreams because you can have them. If you're willing to work for it, you can have anything you want. This is the story of success in your field of work. Either you are posted on a high rank or a lower rank. These steps really make your life.

Really try to follow above mention tact’s and behavior that really helps you to achieve your goals of life.

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      6 years ago

      This is a very compelling hub that I took to a sentimental value. I just recently left a job not because of poor work ethics, but the behavior, attitudes, and personality of my co-workers. I would definitely recommend this hub to individuals new in the workforce. Great work asmaiftikhar! Also, I love the quote you inserted with Thomas Edison.I find quotes to hold significant value, especially when they are read and considered properly.

    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks dear for all these useful and beautiful words.

    • kerlynb profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      " People who make an effort to look presentable and well kept at work often perceived to be more conscientious and detail oriented, so make sure you dress well." - I have to agree. Somehow, people think that those who look good must also work well. It's unfair sometimes but something that has been proven in so many instances. On top of hard work, we have to look presentable, snappy even, so we can a get a break at work. That's something we have to accept, really.

    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      thankyou so much troy for stooping and commenting on my hub.

    • TroyM profile image


      7 years ago

      Useful article on personal development.. I like all your points. Great! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      thanks lilth for stoping and commenting and thats my honour that your mother tought you the same ethics.many many thanks for your kind words.

    • Lilith Eden profile image

      Lilith Eden 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      These are some incredibly useful suggestions, asmaiftikhar.

      My mother reared me to have a work ethic very similar to what you described above, and it has NEVER failed me. It disheartens me to see so many people have complete disrespect for their employer, thereby damaging no one but themselves.

      Your quotes are also very well chosen.

      Thank you for this. I hope that many more people see the value in your advice.


    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      thanks angela for reading and appreciation my article.bundles of thanx and cares

    • Angela Kane profile image

      Angela Kane 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Your suggestions are very good.

    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks a lot for reading and appreciation my article.

    • cwarden profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      You have some really good tips! :)

    • asmaiftikhar profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanx a lot mondkil for reading and appreciating me.

    • mondkill profile image


      7 years ago

      You are right everything you mention, the things you mention are important to achieve what we want in our life. If we want something we have to work hard for it, step-by-step is the key to success. learn to respect, be patience and be honest.


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