Don't Let Your Professional Shortcomings Hold You Back at Work

"The further you get in your career, the harder it is to pinpoint — and then do something about — your personal and professional shortcomings.

Why is that? You’d think leaders especially would be skilled at identifying and removing obstacles. But as career coach Marshall Goldsmith explains in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, “We get positive reinforcement from our past successes, and, in a mental leap that’s easy to justify, we think that our past success is predictive of great things in our future.”

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In other words, we think we got to where we are because of the way we are and what we’ve done — not in spite of it. In many cases, that’s wrongheaded. Our shortcomings do hold us back, but it doesn’t have to be that way."


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