There are unlimited types of characters in our professional lives.

There’s the guy who hates his job and complains to everyone about it, but never does anything to change it. The lady who always wants to start a new business with you but her ideas really aren’t that good. Or the young man who flaunts his entrepreneurial flag because he launched a company, but he’s really just an employee at his own business.

Everyone plays a role in the professional arena. We’re called dreamers, workers, supporters, executives, starters, and entrepreneurs. But the one role we don’t discuss often is the failures. The ones who cheat, steal, hide, and break the rules all while expecting they can escape with true success.

Instead of preaching the “what a successful business person looks like” article, I thought I would show you the dark-side instead. The following is a list of personalities who stand out for all the wrong reasons. But be warned: If you don’t know who this person is, it could be you.

The Unfinisher
These people are addicted to starting. They fight hard in the beginning but soon find themselves burned out when the rubber meets the road. They’re not necessarily scared as much as they are infected with shiny-object-syndrome. They love excuses and they have five or six unfinished projects going at any given time. But at the core, we all know what the problem is… they lack the discipline and stamina to cross the finish line. An important trait required to succeed in business.

The Selfish Partner
Selfishness might be the deadliest threat to a partnership. These people search for easy going worker-bees who they can walk over, manipulate, and abuse to move their personal agenda forward. There is no win-win. Only one hero. While these people are not horrible in every situation, they are horrible for partnerships.

The Executive Liar
In his pursuit of the corporate ladder, this guy will lie, cheat and steal to get to where he needs to be. For some reason he believes morals and business are separate. When he gets called out, he responds with the classic, “It’s just business, not personal”. But we all know, a sleazeball at work is a sleazeball at home. If this guy is your boss, look out he’s dangerous. While he won’t be there long, you don’t want to become part of his wake of destruction. It might be time to consider a career change.

The Fearful Entrepreneur
She’s had a dream for years. Her idea is good and we all know she has what it takes to make it work. Or at least give it a solid shot. But she can’t. Her desire for security and lack of faith drive her into a corner every time. She can’t seem to overcome the unknown and the window of time to chase her dream is closing quickly with every year she ages. She had everything it took to change the world, but fear killed her dream before it had a chance.

What stops you from succeeding business? Or what other personalities fall in this category? Let me know in the comments below.

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