Nearly everybody has heard that it’s never a good idea
to burn bridges, and it’s never smart to quit a job suddenly without giving notice unless there is absolutely no alternative. We understand the common career mistakes and try to avoid them.
The worst career mistake you can make, though, is a mistake you won’t realize you’re making! It’s the most common as well as the most deadly career mistake you can make.
I’m talking about falling asleep on your career and forgetting about the world outside the walls of your job. When you fall asleep, you start to believe that you don’t have to think about your career, because you’re working right now.
You start to think that your job is secure and that you can depend on it. You get lulled into complacency and let your network fall away. You don’t update your resume or read job ads because you think you don’t need to. You don’t think about the rest of your career.
While you’re falling asleep on your career, the value of your resume is degrading. Unless you are always learning new things, your resume gets weaker over time, not stronger! The longer you stay in a trance. the more the real world changes and the more you fall behind.
That’s why people who get laid off suddenly come blinking into the sunlight, freaked out and panicky about finding a new job. They’re out of step. They don’t know what kind of Business Pain they solve for employers. They’re not thinking of themselves like entrepreneurs, the way all of us need to do — even kids who are just finishing college. We are all entrepreneurs now.
We have to stop thinking of ourselves as employees and start thinking of ourselves as business owners. Your career is your business!