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Just got some good news? Keep it to yourself—for now

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You’ve just learned that you won a big account, earned a promotion or received approval from the top brass to implement your idea. Before you spread the word, hold off a day or so. In your rush to tell people about your apparent victory, you may jump the gun. Example: A director confided to a friend at work that his promotion to VP would be announced the next day. Even though the “friend” said he wouldn’t tell anyone, he told his boss and asked for an equal promotion! By the next day, the president found out what was going on and withdrew the original VP offer in disgust. Lesson: If you cannot wait to tell someone the good news, take a deep breath and force yourself to keep quiet.

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