After striving so hard to secure the job you want, the journey does not end. To a great extent, it is just starting. Thus, always keep in mind the career-related mistakes to avoid.
To begin, review this job-hunting infographic from Social Talent. Then, continue below for career-related mistakes to avoid. As discussed by several self-made millionaires.
Advice from Self-Made Millionaires: Career-Related Mistakes to Avoid
Earlier this year, CNBC interviewed 10 self-made millionaires and Advisors in The Oracles to share their advice on common actions that hold people back from success. We highlight three of these individuals from CNBC’s interviews. Click here to see the full 10 pieces of advice.
Having a Negative Attitude
When I hire someone for my business or partner with an entrepreneur on ‘Shark Tank,’ I look for one thing: a positive attitude. I used to think I could change someone with a bad attitude.But I have since learned to fire them. It only takes one negative person in a group of 10 happy people to bring the whole team down. But nothing gets in the way of someone who says, ‘We can do this.’ Even during tough times, you have to be able to bounce back and maintain a positive attitude — no matter what.
By Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group; podcast host of “Business Unusual”; “Shark Tank” investor.
Focusing on Too Many Things at Once
Pick one thing you’re passionate about and do it better than everyone else. Too many people have 1,000 brilliant ideas and never start any of them. Instead, they get involved in everyone else’s business. If you’re not a lawyer, for example, don’t pretend to be one. Stay in your lane and delegate to experienced professionals. Sign contracts and form your company properly. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. I once left a company because the founder was more in love with his next idea than the success of the business. And while he was dreaming of new inventions, he starved his company of resources and attention. As a result, we lost many breakthrough opportunities.
It’s tempting to be lazy. But if you want to achieve great outcomes, you need to put in the work. I was raised by parents who told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do and be whoever I wanted to be, as long as I worked hard for it. If anything, I probably work too hard — but that’s exactly what it takes.
By Michael Ovitz, co-founder and former chairman of CAA; former president of The Walt Disney Company; investor; and philanthropist.