#iPGN: Five Things That Makes You Ruin Your Job


It may sound a little disturbing just to think of someone writing about How to ruin your job in five different ways, however, it’s not how to ruin, It’s how YOU ruin.

The goal of this article is to address how everyone of us -including me at my early career stages- tends to distract himself while building his early career by adopting a specific approach. That approach is in general a good one, but the way everyone holds it is the real problem. The approach is simply “Why wouldn’t I start up my own business?”.

It is 90% of all employees working for companies -whether multinationals or locals- who might always be thinking of starting their own business. They keep telling themselves that they should not work for someone else and they should be their own boss considering a full time job as a full time slavery. In fact, they are absolutely right ONLY IF THEY COULD START THEIR OWN BUSINESS. What most of today’s employees do is letting that idea control their emotions, dreams, ambition and future plans to an extent that minimizes their performance and shortening their long-term settings as successful calibers for their company. On the other hand they never quit and start their business.

Having the idea of quitting and starting up own business might be a good thing, but at most cases it could be the self destructing curse of all times. The result of adopting that idea -and holds it for being only an idea- makes what I call “The Five Syndromes of Failure” with which it has never been easier to ruin your daily job career.

The Five Syndromes of Failure:

(1) You start criticizing everything in your working environment as if you know everything about everything:

Do you dare denying that you have not noticed your colleague -or maybe yourself- doing so? I bet not. Once you have “Own Business” idea dominating your tempers, you start criticizing, remarking and destructively commenting on everything goes around in your professional environment, the thing that for sure demolishes your professional image and start creating a reputation of you being a negative person. As a manager, I will never promote a negative person or letting him take the lead.

(2) Everything seems stupid and it ends up with you unsatisfied:

Your subconscious mind starts making Its excuses for you wanting to start your own business by reshaping everything in its ugly side. All of a sudden the HR is dump and not cooperative. All of a sudden, your manager is not a positive person, and all of a sudden, your Team Leader is too stupid to be in charge of your team wondering how unqualified person like him/her had that opportunity as a proof of the mismanagement of your company. Do not deceive yourself, It’s just your subconscious encouraging you to leave the company and do what you want.

(3) You ended up deciding that you will just do what is requested No more and No less:

Most companies possesses a very dynamic challenging environment of which all employees are racing trying to prove that they are worthy to be promoted, worthy for the good tasks, and worthy to gain trust. Try to do what is just required and you will find yourself at the end of the queue of those who take the cream.What is next? Of course, you know what is next; it is you blaming others of under estimating you, not evaluating your potentials and oppressing you. That is exactly when you start NOT DOING what is required justifying that of their prior act of under estimation. Was not that you at the first place?

(4) Start recruiting others your way:

It is not going to be a long period before you start spreading your negativity. It’s not because you are a bad person, It’s simply that you started realizing how rotten your environment became -inside you-; that you might be a good person warning others. Guess what, NO ONE LISTENS, and It’s you who loses credit and credibility. Whether you accepted that or not, NO ONE is going to adopt your perception until he/she feels that same way you do, and since they are all busy achieving their career objectives in such a competitive environment, it ends up of you having a LOSER image.

(5) Bad comes to worse:

Have you noticed that you were so busy nurturing your ego and negative perceptions that you have not developed in yourself being an entrepreneur?

It has been years since you started your previous four mistakes that occupied most of your time leaving no time to invest in your dream -pursuing your own business-. Now, your working environment is very rotten, and you have nothing to do but quitting taking your chances. The difference is that you are now taking that step as an obligatory trend Not Optional, full of negativity and adopting the perception of “I’M NOT A LOSER” instead of “YES I CAN”.

Now you know exactly where that idea is taking you. If you thought for a moment that my advice to you is to give up that silly idea and focus on your career path as employee, then you really did not get my message. My message in few words is that It’s either to reshape your mind as an employee and be good at it, or to reshape it as an entrepreneur. No mix could be achieved, so when you start adopting the idea of starting up your own business you better do it and stop wasting time, otherwise you will see exactly the five previous syndromes ruining your career.

Osama Shaaban

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