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Aren’t Getting That Promotion? Here are 10 Reasons Why

Get great at your job even if you hate it.

How many co-workers are disengaged at your company?  Have you checked-out?  Many people are not involved in their work, not very enthusiastic about it, and are just committed enough to it so they don’t get fired.  If you are disengaged at work you will suffer from lower self-esteem, energy, and life satisfaction. Maybe you aren’t disengaged, but that doesn’t mean the boss wants to give you that promotion.  Besides checking out, I want to highlight 10 other negative traits that almost every company has to put up with.

If you want to move up, don’t be any of these:

1. Entitled


This is the person who expects handouts.  “I’ve worked here for a year, give me a raise” and “Why do we not get free lunches here like they have at Google?

2. Gossipy


This is the person who loves to talk about everyone else—whenever those people aren’t around.  “Hey did you hear what Mark said to Dave?” and “I heard Josh wants a new position”.

3. Complainer


This is the person who just can’t be pleased.  “These new desks suck” and “I can’t believe Paul got the promotion over me.”

4. Know-it-all


This is the person who thinks he has all the answers and won’t listen to others.  “Yeah, I know all about your system and it won’t work” and “Trust me, I know better than you when it comes to this.”

5. Independent without concern for the group


This is the person who can’t work in a team and has to have everything his or her own way.  “Can’t I just do this myself?” and “I’ll just take care of it, you guys don’t bother”.

6. Excuse Maker


This is the person who never takes responsibility.  “Sorry I’m late, traffic was bad this morning” and “I didn’t get to that report because I had to do this other thing you wanted”.

7. No Enthusiasm


This is the person who has no energy and brings a depressing atmosphere to the room.  “If you want to do it, whatever” and “great” as he rolls his eyes.

8. Unwillingness to Help Others


This is the person who won’t lift a finger if it won’t benefit him or herself.  “Sorry, I’m busy” and “Will I get paid for this?”

9. Liar


This is the person who you can’t trust.  “Yeah I’ll do it” and “You got it, I’m your man”.

10. No initiative


This is the person who won’t do anything without getting a push.  Every day he has to be told what to do.  It’s a grown-up child.

You know all these types of people. As for you, focus on promoting your value within your organization by avoiding all these traits. Money follows attention.  You must have a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude and do what others refuse to do.  Be positive. Think like the owner and bring ideas that meet the objective of the business. Last, but not least, hustle. Show that you are hungry. Most of all, bring in revenue.

If you would like more tools to help you gain the skills you need to bring value to your company, check out Cardone University, where I have over 1500 videos on-demand that will give you the knowledge you need to become a star producer.

Also check out my reality series I did earlier this year called Whatever It Takes where I found a new way to hire people at my company. Watch the contestants sell a glass of water and see who can handle the pressure when I throw them some curveballs. Who will prove they have not only the drive, but the skills to work for me?

Be great—nothing else pays (much),




Written by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is a New York Times best-selling author, international sales expert, #1 ranked marketing influencer in the world and host of The Cardone Zone show. He is responsible for many mega-million dollar businesses including Cardone Real Estate Holdings (a $500 million dollar real estate empire), motivational speaker, and author of several books including: Sell to Survive; The Closers Survival Guide; If You're Not First, You're Last; The 10X Rule; Sell or Be Sold and Be Obsessed or Be Average.

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