The 8 Dumbest Career-Ending Mistakes That Smart People Make

The thing about shooting stars is that they tend to burn out. Eric Jackson writes for Forbes about eight ways smart employees manage to fizzle out their own careers.

Burn Bright, Burn Out

Jackson says overconfidence based on past successes can sabotage you in the present, so check your ego. You also need to stay detail-oriented as you are promoted, because it is precision that got you where you are. Be mindful of your strengths and weaknesses, and remember that keeping people around who disagree with your plans can be beneficial in the long-term; yes-men can be dangerous. Try to be cordial with everyone, because you never know when you might need someone’s help. Especially broadcast (in a humble way) your skills to senior management. Hesitate to step out of your area of expertise, because success in one area does not guarantee success in another. Finally, Jackson warns against indulging in unnecessary risks in your private life, like too much drinking. You can read his article in full depth here:

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