Career Tip #2: Don’t Take Anything Personally At Work

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Don’t take anything personally at work.


It’s easier said than done, especially if you find yourself in the following circumstances:

  • You are in the midst of launching a large project and are averaging 4 hours of sleep per night.
  • You gave it your all on a project but your colleagues are tearing it to shreds.
  • You are taking care of a sick parent and you’re getting sweated by a high maintenance client because you are slow to respond.
  • A colleague/customer is being curt.

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All of these moments make it feel as if the world is trying to destroy you, but in corporate rarely are things personal. We are all out here to work hard, earn decent money, and take care of our loved ones. Instead of driving yourself crazy or making it into a “why me scenario” it’s best to take a step back and depersonalize the situation so you can think clearly.

Take a walk before responding to feedback you think is off base, or before hitting send on that draft message give yourself 24 hours to think about it. Then come back, reassess the situation.


“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E


Related Article: Career Tip #1: The Power of Networking

The content here is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as investment advice. All views contained herein are my own and do not represent the views of any other organization.

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