"Really, the most important thing is eliminating self-doubt. This is basically impossible for me, but I’ve found that if I act like a boss, I can convince myself that I am a boss when I need to be one. I copy things that I’ve seen politicians and actors do; I make eye contact with people; I try to keep my shoulders back and my head high; I gesticulate wildly and sometimes take long pauses (silence can be very intimidating). I try to act like I’m powerful, onstage and off."


Life > Career

The fourth Deadly Career Mistake is to put your career ahead of your life. That means taking a job two hours from home with the hope that occasionally you’ll get to leave work early and have dinner with your family.

It means giving up all your personal time on the bet that your effort will be recognized and your investment will bear fruit. That bet seldom pays off. You can never get the lost time back.

Just when your health gives out or you realize you’ve lost touch with the people you love, the job reneges on its promise to make your sacrifice worthwhile, or disappears entirely.

As long as you can support yourself and the people who rely on you, always bet on your life over your career. The most successful people in any field are the folks who know their own worth, and with that knowledge set boundaries around their personal lives.

Check out other deadly career mistakes here.