7 Career Mistakes that Turn Mojo into Nojo

QuestionMark-team-work-problemIf you’ve been working hard for any length of time, in any field, chances are you’ve experienced at least one humiliating career failure. Career “hiccups” can kill your spirit and make it difficult to regain your motivation and drive.

Some of the “bad” things that happen to hardworking, well-meaning, capable people each day include:

  • Missing the big opportunity
  • Getting passed over for a promotion
  • Getting demoted
  • Losing a lot of money
  • Getting fired
  • Going bankrupt

What happens to us when our worst career nightmares come true? Career-altering events can happen to anyone — and they do. But when they happen to us, they seem incomprehensible, largely because we’ve worked so hard to be nice, dedicated and well-meaning.

But even when we can partially blame the economy, there comes a time when we must take a hard look at what we could have done differently. Despite faltering companies, imperfect leaders, coworkers who don’t like us and other external variables, we must eventually engage in private, honest introspection.

It’s time to ask: What part did I play in the events leading up to the career crisis? And how do I get my “mojo” back?

Historically, the word “mojo” has been associated with witchcraft and voodoo — specifically, the ability to cast spells. Over the years, it has become urban slang for personal power, magnetism and charisma. In business, mojo refers to the moment we do something purposeful and powerful — an act lauded by others.

For some, it represents personal advancement: moving forward, making progress, achieving goals, clearing hurdles, passing the competition — and doing so with increasing ease. Star athletes call this being “in the zone.”

In Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith introduces the term “nojo”—the opposite of mojo. Nojo sufferers approach their work negatively. They’re bored, frustrated, dispirited and confused, and they aren’t shy about sharing their dissatisfaction with others.

Goldsmith lists seven professional mistakes that contribute to nojo in otherwise competent, successful and smart people.


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  • Defining Mojo
  • Lost Mojo
  • 7 Common Career Mistakes
  • Over-committing
  • Waiting for the Facts to Change
  • Looking for Logic in All the Wrong Places
  • Bashing the Boss
  • Refusing to Change Because of “Sunk Costs”
  • Confusing the Mode You’re in
  • Maintaining Pointless Arguments
  • Mojo Recuperation


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