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Stop these self-defeating behaviors

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You may be your own worst enemy when it comes to climbing the ladder at work. If you want to succeed, stop these three behaviors now.

1. Relying on just one mentor. No one person, no matter how successful, will likely be able to offer you enough quality time to make a true difference in your life. Instead, build a network of advisors with different areas of expertise you can go to when you need guidance.

2. Saying too little or too much. Sharing your insight, opinions and feedback can get you noticed. Just make sure you are being recognized for being thoughtful, not for blurting out hateful comments. Remove blame, anger and sarcasm from your words and tone. Communicate honestly, but cautiously.

3. Fearing rejection. You are going to hear “No” from time to time, but don’t let it keep you from asking for a promotion, training or some other opportunity that will move you forward. Accept that “No” could be an outcome now, but it doesn’t mean it is forever.

— Adapted from “How to Stop Unintentionally Sabotaging Yourself at Work,” Lydia Dishman, Fast Company, www.fastcompany.com.

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