On any given day, the Million Dollar Man hears all sorts of stories from all sorts of people. There are the commonplace chats with money managers that passionately talk their books (that is code for: “humans in financial services that excitedly explain why the stock they have bought for clients will be 100% higher in a month). At least a couple days in the week there are convos with executives at public companies. The mission here is twofold: (1) extract useful information so as to make clients wealthy; and (2) learn interesting things about a company to sound like the s*it in front of family and friends (quick, did you know that Starbucks is using recycled materials to build its newer stores?). Naturally there is small talk here and there, for example with a cabbie or barista that is serving me coffee number six…before noon.
As I have aged, I have found the most interesting discussions are with industry acquaintances and friends. Maybe this is so because the Million Dollar Man’s time is usually booked well in advance, and when opportunities to be “normal” arise they are super appreciated escapes Of late I have detected a rise in overall miserableness amidst acquaintances and friends regarding their careers. It’s odd considering the unemployment rate has improved in 2013, hence making it easier to job hop, and the start-up world is still on fire (develop a social media app, get funding, boom you’re set for two years). I listen to them complain on the inability to advance in their career, how the worlds hates them, and why they may ultimately die immediately after retiring from their present employer 30 years from now. To me, these words are mentally taxing (though I always offer smiles and nods) since I am cut from the opposite cloth; I will strategically smash down doors in the pursuit of achieving the goals I believe are within reach (which is every goal).
There is a common thread to these talks I have realized: the individual is so caught up in negativity they are unaware they are ruining their careers! So I have devised a checklist to rundown to see if you are ruining your career through daily actions. Don’t you want to finally know WHY you have been in the same gig for 15 years post college? Addressing the cause is the first step in enacting change, in other words getting the hell out of that employer that I guarantee is taking advantage of your career complacency.
10 Signs You are Ruining Your Career
1. First thought upon waking up to go to work is how much you hate waking up at that time for work.
2. You leave your office computer on overnight to save time in the morning for the usual boring tasks. In effect you have removed any chance of leaving tomorrow amid a job offer (memo: there is no job offer because you have given up the search).
3. Your desk has become cluttered with free mementos received from events through the years as well as personal artifacts. The desk has become a comfort zone and an extension of your home, instead of a place to drive innovation and career advancement!
4. At meetings, you arrive with no notes or questions. Hey, you have done the same job for 15 years, why bother voicing new ideas and concerns?
5. Your resume was last updated for the random job interview you should have nailed…three years ago.
6. LinkedIn profile either doesn’t exist or is woefully designed, failing to capture all of your professional amazingness. Check out the Million Dollar Man’s Linkedin profile for guidance.
7. Your email inbox contains over 50 emails. Why assign them to different folders, you lost the desire to be quick and organized years ago.
8. Outside of the office, you have abolished any effort to self-improve in the current field or to set the steps in motion to work in a more senior capacity at another employer.
9. You are extremely awkward at networking events, and have no on trend networking event outfits. Last network event attended: five years ago.
10. Hurry, go check your pocket…have a business card handy? Of course you don’t. Why have one, you are complacent in your career and believe an opportunity for advancement will never, ever materialize.
Read more at Men's Health: http://blogs.menshealth.com/million-dollar-man/stop-you-are-ruining-your-career/2013/06/03/#ixzz2VGmEbGPw