The theory goes that the harder you work, the better you’re going to do professionally. However, as you get further up the company ladder, there are still traps to get caught in. These are personal traps, work-based traps, and just social traps in general.
A few classic examples of these would be painkiller addictions, the incessant desire for more success, the nightmares that can come from social media if misused, and then simply issues regarding attitude. Even when other people look up to you as a strong beacon of professionalism in your industry, there are still pitfalls to avoid.
Everyone deals with pain. But since many times high-powered professionals are a little bit older, early injuries in life can have nagging consequences. Or perhaps you have had surgery at some point. Regardless of the reason, your doctor may have prescribed you painkillers. And they feel amazing! The trouble is, without a plan for getting off of them, many people end up addicted to painkillers, and especially if you have money or clout within your industry, it can be easy to get stuck going back for more even when you don’t necessarily need it.
The Desire for More
You can become addicted to success, and from there you just want more. You want more money. You want more responsibility. You want more power. And even when you have enough of these things to enjoy a perfectly happy and satisfied life if you look at it from the right perspective, you can get caught wanting to get to that next level. Perhaps you’re jealous of the person directly above you. Or maybe you want just a little bit bigger house for your family or a better ring for your wife.
Social Media Nightmares
And no matter what position you’re in, there are always social media nightmares you can get caught in. One wrong post on Facebook or Twitter and you can quite easily lose your job. You can use social media for business in a professional sense, but as soon as the lines start blurring and your personal views start coming up, you can start running into some fairly serious conflicts of interest quite quickly.
And there is something to be said about the attitude that many high-end professionals end up with. If you feel like you are becoming egotistical, or maybe that you feel entitled to certain conveniences in life, then you might want to do a gut check for yourself. If your attitude outweighs your ability to perform, or if you are separating yourself from people because you think you’re better than them, then that your attitude can be a trap that ‘s hard to get out of.