Whilst researching for my next book, ‘how to make partner and still have a life‘, I spoke to many professionals who felt as if their career had come to a full stop. Here is a list of the many reasons they stated (and I’ve noticed) why professionals lose their career mojo:

  1. Bored
  2. Don’t trust your firm/organisation
  3. Don’t trust your partner
  4. Don’t trust your mentor
  5. Don’t trust your counseling/line/staff/appraising manager
  6. Don’t want to make any sacrifices to progress your career
  7. Don’t know how to market yourself
  8. Don’t have any appetite to market yourself
  9. Don’t know how to communicate your personal brand to the people who matter
  10. Don’t know how to show your strengths to others
  11. Analysing everything to death
  12. Too deep in your career comfort zone
  13. Waiting for things to happen
  14. Expecting others to make things happen
  15. Not prepared to take a chance on your career
  16. Large changes happening in your personal life, e.g. getting married, getting divorced, bereavement
  17. Know you are in the wrong job
  18. Too stressed
  19. Worried that you will lose your job
  20. Waiting until your firm does lay you off
  21. Know you are in the wrong profession
  22. Having a tough time with a client or series of clients
  23. Struggling to acquire the new skills required in your role or the next role up
  24. Sleep deprived
  25. Clinically depressed
  26. Suffering from a long term illness, such as chronic fatigue syndrome
  27. 27. Waiting for your boss or someone else to retire or leave the firm so you can have their job

 What else would you add to this list?

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