How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Career Goals (And What You Can Do Instead)

//How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Career Goals (And What You Can Do Instead)

How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Career Goals (And What You Can Do Instead)

Not everyone in the industry has the same construction career goals. Your professional goals might include anything from starting your own construction firm to climbing the corporate ladder to assume a construction leadership position. The best path to achieving your goals is by knowing how you might be sabotaging them right now. It’s normal to encounter some obstacles that are beyond your control along your career path. But there are some things that you have the power to stop. Here are some of the ways that you might be sabotaging your professional goals and what you should do instead.

1. Not Taking Risks

We like to settle into work routines that are most comfortable to us in an effort to minimize outside risks. The problem is that we miss 100% of the shots that we don’t take. Your confidence won’t grow if you refuse to accept new challenges. Don’t allow the fear of failure hold you back from achieving your professional goals.

2. Not Looking to Your Team for Help

There is nothing wrong with working alone on some projects, and we know that they can be very rewarding, still you can’t underestimate the power of team collaboration. Coworkers can be some of your best resources for motivation, inspiration, etc. Don’t hesitate to engage with those on your team on a regular basis to help improve overall productivity and creativity throughout the organization. Don’t get in the habit of not asking for help, or always being the loner. Construction professionals who collaborate well together, succeed together.

3. Not Gaining Feedback

The most successful construction careers are built on both positive and negative feedback. Being open to constructive criticism is only the first step. You could be sabotaging your career goals by not actively asking for feedback on a regular basis as well. It’s the only way to accurately narrow down the areas that you need to improve going forward. Start being more proactive about requesting feedback, rather than waiting around and being reactive.

4. Succumbing to Self-Doubt

Most of us can related to the dreaded “fear of failure.” Yet, focusing on your weaknesses is a choice that smothers your potential. You have the power to transform any self-doubt that you have into self-belief by embracing who you are and promoting positive change. It’s important to embody confident as well as humility in order to succeed in this industry.


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By | 2019-08-06T11:17:59-04:00 August 15th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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