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There are so many things that can kill the careers of good and hard-working people. Most people kill their careers in subtle, decidedly undramatic ways and honest mistakes often carry far-reaching consequences. As such, we share things that can destroy your career.

Being carried away by success

Success is great. It definitely boosts your career, and it feels really good. The problems start once you let it get to your head. You start thinking that success is going to last forever and that you’re entitled to it. Never, ever be content with resting on your laurels. Once you start thinking that you’re the alpha and omega, you’re setting yourself up for very painful failure.

 Playing politics

Working hard to build strong work relationships is very different from instigating conflict, choosing sides, undermining colleagues and spreading rumours. So, if you’re embarrassed by some of your behind-the-scenes actions when discovered, it means you playing office politics.

Over-promising and under-delivering

It is better to say what you can do and do it to the best of your ability instead of promising heaven and earth and underachieving or delivering. The truth is that there’s no need 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.


How long has it been since you proactively 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, and complacency is a real career killer.

Fear of change

Fear of change keeps things the same. Things are changing too fast these days to latch on so tightly to the status quo, and the costs of doing so can be huge. Change is a constant part of our lives, both personally and professionally. It doesn’t matter whether you think things should change or whether you prefer the old ways—change just happens. 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.

Written By Damilola Faustino

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