You career is probably your number one money maker. If you blow up your career, you will likely blow up your finances. If you blow up your finances, you will become a bitter person who decides to hate other people for their success. If you hate other people for their success, you’ll happily vote to raise taxes on people who already pay the most taxes without having to pay more yourself. If you become a hypocrite, sooner or later everybody will become like you because nobody will bother working hard anymore. Once we’re all living the good life, then maybe we can conquer new countries to make their citizens do our bidding. Great job!
The first time I heard of CLM (Career Limiting Moves) was during my first year of work out of college. I went down to the basement level to get some coffee for my senior co-workers. Given I had to get eight orders, I figured I might as well get a haircut next door while I waited. Unfortunately, the barber cut my sides a little too tight and my luscious locks turned into military buzz cut spikes. When I got back to my desk, everybody started making fun of me.
“You trying out for the military Sam?”
“How was your vacation?” (Given I was gone for about 25 minutes)
“Sonic boom!” (In reference to Guile from Street Fighter)
“Where’s Sam and what did you do with my grande mocha?”
It’s customary to get ribbings on the trading floor of a major investment bank so I took it like a man. Then out of nowhere, I thought of the best comeback lines when a senior VP started giving me more shit.
“I hope you like your coffee. I figure if it grows on company time, might as well cut it on company time!” BOOM! The senior VP wasn’t too amused. Welcome to my first Career Limiting Move! Luckily I escaped to San Francisco the following year for a new opportunity.
Now that you understand the importance of doing well in your career, let me share with you a list of career limiting moves you should not make.