If you want to fail at work, act like these people:
1. Cowards. They’re so fearful of consequences that they place blame and cover up mistakes. They rarely speak their minds or stand up for themselves, and they won’t take risks—even ones that present great potential.
2. Victims. These needy complainers refuse to take accountability for their actions. Their mistakes are always someone else’s fault, and their inability to succeed is because they haven’t been offered the right opportunities. When challenges pop up, they throw in the towel, rather than working through the problem and growing from it.
3. Groupthinkers. They refuse to formulate their own ideas and opinions, and instead follow the group. Worse, they never stray from the status quo, even when improvements are necessary.
4. Pushovers. They’ll keep taking on more work, doing tasks they shouldn’t be doing, and allowing people to disrespect and mistreat them. They tend to go with the flow until they are burned out and resentful.
Bottom line: To succeed, you need to stand up for yourself, speak your mind, and take ownership of the trajectory of your career.
— Adapted from “9 Types of People Who Never Succeed at Work,” Travis Bradberry, The Huffington Post, www.huffingtonpost.com.