promotion

We All Want to Get Promoted - Just Don't Let it Hurt Your Career

We All Want to Get Promoted - Just Don't Let it Hurt Your Career

Success can become the enemy in your career if chasing promotions crowds out your other career goals. The prospect of recognition and promotions may motivate you to work hard and develop skills, but it can also distort your vision. This is especially true if you are wired to crave tangible progress and constantly need to feel like you’re “winning” at your job. 

The Hard Work Paradox: What I Learned by Watching Other People Succeed

The Hard Work Paradox: What I Learned by Watching Other People Succeed

If you are one of these hardworking people who mostly aced their academic career, seeing someone in your peer group advance ahead of you can be unnerving. Even if you’re happy for the other person, it still feels like losing, and losing sucks at any age. About a year into my first job out of college at a consulting firm with a couple of thousand employees, I thought I was doing great. My manager thought my work was good, I was getting the hang of our business, and in my head I was at the top of my group. Then one day I found out that “Michael” (not his real name), another analyst in the group I started with, had been promoted.