5 Ways You Could Kill Your Own Career

Most of us hope for a long, stable career full of job advancement, pay advances, and interesting and ever-changing challenges that encourage us to use our skills. However, it’s easy to make a decision that you think is a good one, only to realize later that it wasn’t the best idea. Many aspects of the workplace change frequently and quickly, sometimes leaving workers behind.

Due to the many different variables that come with a career, sometimes people make mistakes in their career. Sometimes those mistakes are fueled by the idea that something is a better idea than it really is (like taking a job based on the pay or the title), and sometimes mistakes are made simply because it’s in our nature (such as not being a team player, or neglecting to update your skills). Here are five common career mistakes to look out for.

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1. Only thinking about money

Money is a motivating factor for many of us — and for good reason. It costs money to pay bills. However, you shouldn’t make every career decision based on money. As important as money is, if you take a job that get more money, you may endanger your health (if you become too stressed), your family life (if you have less time with your family), and even your career (if the job doesn’t align with where you want your career to go).

Sometimes it is the right choice to change jobs in order to make more money, but be sure that the job you are changing to is really a good fit for you. According to the The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, 47.7 percent of U.S. workers were satisfied with their jobs in 2013. Being satisfied with your job is as important, and sometimes more important, than making money — especially if you make more than you really need.