What’s stopping you from succeeding in your career path? Part 1

This post is an oldie but a goodie. I just had to bring it back one more time 🙂

All of us have inside us the potential to succeed. To go above and beyond the average. But over a period of time, consciously or not, we end up creating hurdles around us that block us from being as successful as we can otherwise be. This is true both in the career, and life itself. Here is a quick look at some of the common hurdles in the path to career success.

Wait, wait, wait…

What does hurdles in your career path even have to do with personal finance, you may be asking? Well simple. The personal finance equation has two parts to it – how much you make and how much you keep. And needless to say your career success has a huge impact on how much you make.

Hurdles in your chosen career path may make it much more harder to succeed and therefore make more money.

Do you try to please everyone?
Remember the old adage “He who tries to please all pleases none”? This is particularly true at work. If you try to please your colleagues, boss and subordinates all at the same time, eventually you end up not pleasing anyone. Worst of all, you could end up with a particular sense of dissatisfaction that can ruin your peace of mind.

Saying “yes” is important every now and then, but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. If you need help, ask for it. If you are not qualified for the work that you were asked to do, ask someone for help. If you have too much on your plate, be sure to change that.

How to fix it: Prioritize! The first and the most important person is of course yourself. You need to be happy and content with what you do. Next, it should be the boss/manager who is responsible for your career progress. Next, is your subordinates. Finally, your friends and colleagues.

Do you not clearly understand the expectations of your position?
If you do not communicate well with your manager and your peers, your understanding of what needs to be done, and theirs can be very different. Even if you put in a lot of hard work, if you are working against a wrong set of requirements, eventually none of it matters.

How to fix it: Listen! And then repeat. It may sound silly – but a simple repetition of what the expectations are can clear up the understanding. Make the following sentences part of your discussion with your manager and peers: “Let me see if I got it straight – you want me to…”; “OK, so here is my understanding. Please let me know if this is correct…”; “Based on what you just said, here’s the list of things I need to get done…”.

If you are a manager, encourage your subordinates to summarize your discussions and listen carefully for any misunderstandings.

What hurdles have you faced in your chosen career path?


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