If you’ve been working hard for any length of time, in any field, chances are you’ve experienced at least one humiliating career failure. Career “hiccups” can kill your spirit and make it difficult to regain your motivation and drive.
Some of the “bad” things that happen to hardworking, well-meaning, capable people each day include:
- Missing the big opportunity
- Getting passed over for a promotion
- Getting demoted
- Losing a lot of money
- Getting fired
- Going bankrupt
What happens to us when our worst career nightmares come true?
There may not be scandalous headlines in the local papers, but with the emotional turmoil you’re experiencing, there may as well be.
Public or company humiliations suck the air out of one’s spirit, making it hard to carry on with dignity and drive. Our lifeblood and mental energy are drained.
Career-altering events can happen to anyone — and they do. But when they happen to us, they seem incomprehensible, largely because we’ve worked so hard to be nice, dedicated and well-meaning.
But even when we can partially blame the economy, there comes a time when we must take a hard look at what we could have done differently. Despite faltering companies, imperfect leaders, coworkers who don’t like us and other external variables, we must eventually engage in private, honest introspection. It’s time to ask: What part did I play in the events leading up to the career crisis?
The answer tomorrow in Part 2.