Your job is not just ‘work’ –a non-factual part of your life. Either you admit it or not, your career is a part of your identity and as long as you are at work, you wear the whole attitude and activities of the work. Since your career forms an important part of your life, there are risks you shouldn’t take knowing they can affect your career. These pieces of information on building a meaningful career will provide you with reasons why you should avoid risks that can jeopardize your career.
1. Financial brokenness
This would be the topmost issue of all. Yeah, taking big risks is having big wins. But what happens when it goes sour? If you are placed in charge of a department or unit, it is better you speak with everyone and anyone that ought to be involved for critical discussions. Taking the wrong risks can milk your organization’s purse dry. Sometimes it can come down to zero balance and some other times, it could be debt. Running down a business’ finance is something you sure don’t want to do.
2. Your career is your identity
Spearheading risk-taking is something that you should beware of. The wrong turn in your actions or decisions can cause a huge dent of failure which would also become your identity. In business, talks go round; words will easily spread that you were the reason for the crash of company X. That could hinder you from ever getting a job with any organization as regards that career. Your career is your identity, be mindful of risks.
3. Relegation and demotion are not far-fetched
Taking an unlawful risk can earn your demotion, relegation, or wage cut. In fact, your seniors would make you understand that you should be grateful for the demotion, knowing it is better than sending you to the streets, which might be true if you don’t have someone whom you think could employ you right away. Really, you should know that nothing is as frustrating as having to answer to those whom you were once their seniors or mate.
4. The thought of your loved ones
Before you take that risk that can affect your career, think about those who depend on you. Think about those who look up to you with high hopes. Do you really want to do this? What type of father/mother would I be if this goes wrong? What type of mentor would I be? Either directly or not, there are others who depend on your career, either because they gain materially or because they invested hopes.
5. Your reputation outside work:
Apart from the fact that your career reputation is at stake, the other parts of your identity outside work also bear the impact of the wrong turn of events for a risk taken by you. You can’t help how people think of you or look at you with disdain or disappointment because of something that happened at work.
So dear, count the distance before you start your pace.