As an aspiring artists hoping to cut the slice of the big pie, note this: There are so many things that can kill the careers of good hard working people. Honest mistakes often carry hard hitting consequences .
In this article we will be looking at these attitude and their far reaching consequences and more importantly how to avoid them.
Do you know…
A recent survey found that 83% of people had seen someone make a blunder that had catastrophic results for their career, reputation, or business and 69% admitted that they had damaged their careers, 31% said it cost them a promotion or even a job, 27% said it damaged a working relationship, 11% said it destroyed their reputation. These numbers show how damaging you can be to your own career if you’re not careful. Little things can add up over time and undermine your career. Just as much as one huge lapse in judgment .
The good news is that if you stay aware of them, you can control them before they creep up on you and kill your career.
Below are some of the Career killing attitudes you need to be mindful of.
Over promising and under delivering:
it’s tempting to promise both the sun and the moon to your colleagues and your clients especially when you’re honest and hardworking and believe that you can do it.
The problem is that there is no point in creating additional pressure that can make you look bad. If you promise to do something ridiculously fast and you miss the deadline by a little bit, you’ll likely think that you did a good job because you still delivered quickly.
But the moment you promise something to someone, they expect nothing less.
Using myself as an example; My boss know me to be this person who has a penchant for always shocking people with her deliveries when it’s expected of me. About 2weeks ago, I promised to drop at least 10 articles; he believed me because he knows I can deliver. Truth be told, I didn’t even drop an article in a week which was very bad.
Remember, the moment you promise something to someone try to meet up your expectations.You end up looking terrible when you fall short which is a shame, because you could have done the same quality work in the same amount of time with great results if you’d just set up realistic expectations from the beginning.
Now look at me; I did got into a big mess with my boss.So, this is one of the situations where perception matters more than reality. Don’t deliberately undershoot your goals; just be realistic about the results you can deliver so that you’re certain to create expectations that you will blow out of the water.
You might have become a bit complacent, and complacency is a real career killer.
It happens when you’re just along for the ride and assume that nothing will ever change.
How long has it been since you pro-actively learned a new skill, reached out to your networking contacts, or even polished up your resume? If you can’t remember, you might have become a bit complacent.
If you’re too busy to learn something new or expand your network, you’ve got your priorities mixed up.
We’ve seen enough disruption technological and otherwise over the last few years to realize that change is inevitable.If you make continuous growth and development a priority, you’ll ever be ready for whatever comes your way
Fear of Change:
Fear of change is complacency’s evil twin. It actively works to keep things the same way. You must have heard someone utter these dreadful words:
“But we’ve always done it this way”.
Change is a constant part of our lives, both personally and professionally. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer the old ways just change it. Look, you don’t have to learn to love it, but you do have to learn to stop resisting it and to start adapting to it
Losing Sight of the big picture:
It’s easy to become head down busy working so hard on what’s right in front of you that you lose the big picture.
Smart people learn how to keep this in check by weighing their daily priorities against a carefully calculated goal.
Its not that they don’t care about small scale work; they just have the discipline and perspective to adjust their course as necessary. Life is all about the big picture and when you lose sight of it everything suffers.
Sometimes when you’re feeling negative and down, your mood can affect other people even if you don’t intend it to.
There was a time I and my team had a studio session,everybody came to the studio that day with long faces, you can imagine how that session will be, recording in that mood.
Now, because the producer was an overwhelming fellow, he was able to put a smile on everyone’s face. So, you can now see how his positive mood made an effect on us.
People who spread negativity through their department and complain about the work and other people complicate things for everyone else.
Low Emotional Intelligence and interpersonal interactivity:
If everyone can tell when you’re bored, or irritated or that you think something someone says is stupid, this will catch up with you.
Emotional outbursts, belittling others, shutting people down when they speak, low self awareness, and just generally being difficult are other ways that a lack of emotional intelligence will do great harm to your career.
Having an inflatable ego:
Success is great. It definitely boosts your career, and it feels really, really good.
The problems start once you let it go to your head. You start thinking that success is going to last forever and that you’re entitled to it.
Did you ever work with someone who had a string of successes and started thinking that they were the be all and end all of superstardom? I have, though I can’t share that here, so as not to leak a secret.
Never, ever be content with resting on your laurels. Once you start thinking that you’re the cock Crow or the cat’s meow, you’re setting yourself up for a very painful failure…
I conclude this piece by urging you to be vigilante and aware of your attitude and how to relate with individuals.
Understanding how the human psyche works and your position in the universe in relativity to your innuendos as well as your goals is very important.
In some cases, you’ll need a professional or management outfit to help nurture you as you climb the ladder of your career.
We at gbedustreet can help you attain those goals and also stay in line without derailing your progress.
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