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4 Things That Hold Talented People Back at Work

Most talented people know you don’t get ahead at work easily. But why is this happening? What are they doing wrong? This article gives you the answer.

People in leadership positions are often seen as extroverted, arrogant and aggressive. These are the go-getters, the people who know what they want and how to get it. But, what happens to those who are more introverted and quiet? Aren’t they talented? Why don’t they get to be leaders?

Think about it. How many introverted people do you know who are leaders? Well, I bet there are very few. Despite evidence that introverts make the best leaders, some of their basic personality characteristics may be holding them back from realising their true potential. As such, many talented people are being undermined at work not because they want to, but because of some of the things they do. What’s stopping these people from succeeding? Let’s find out.

See Also: Top 10 Habits of Super Successful People


1. Being Too Nice

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Being a people pleaser isn’t an ingredient that you find in the recipe for success. While helping out your colleagues shows that you are a good person, at the same time you are unwillingly undermining yourself. This not only makes you a doormat for others to step on, but it’s also like you are invisible in team meetings. If you don’t want to be overlooked at work, then you have to stop being too nice to other people and agreeing to everything you hear. It is not about being selfish, rather respecting yourself and proving your worth.

2. Being Humble

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People who let others make decisions about what they should do often lose control of their lives. These are the people who say yes to everything that is presented to them and neglect their own needs. But, this is not what someone would call success. Being too humble and accepting things easily won’t get you anywhere. To succeed, you need to fight for what you believe in. You may need to show that you disagree with your boss and suggest another idea. By staying quiet, you can’t develop your talents.

3. Fear of Failure

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Lots of people think they are afraid of failure, but what they are really afraid of is succeeding. This is because they know success isn’t something that comes easily, and to succeed once you need to fail 99 times. But, the way I see it, you can never fail when you are constantly trying. On the contrary, you only help yourself to learn, gain new experiences and discover yourself. In other words, how do you know if you are capable of doing something if you’ve never try it? Success and failure go hand in hand. Just make sure you embrace both every step of the way.

4. Fearing the Opinion of Others

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Fear can often be paralyzing and counterproductive. You know this has happened when you stop yourself from trying out new things or giving your opinion because you are afraid of what other people will think.  You don’t speak up in meetings; you don’t make any suggestions and you are not contributing meaningfully.

Fear is holding you back from realising your true potential and is forcing you to suppress your wants. This is why it’s important to do what you want to do even if other people call you stupid or crazy. People will talk anyway; your job is to be yourself.

See Also: How to Take Breaks at Work

These are some of the things that can you back from developing your talent. Do they affect you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…