Young adults entering the workforce are often romanticized as having something to prove,
to show others how hard they can work to win others' approval and move up the workforce ladder.
In reality, the mindset of having to prove yourself leaves you vulnerable to being taken advantage of.
It may get you the promotion in the short-term, but in the long-term,
proving yourself mindset often ends up in burnout.
This mindset reveals some level of insecurity in yourself
that makes you want the approval of others to increase your self-esteem.
Those around you will subconsciously (or consciously) abuse your time
because you are sending them the message to give you more opportunities to prove yourself,
which results in more opportunities to feel good about yourself.
Even in cases in which clients are trying to prove their worth to themselves,
as opposed to proving their worth to others,
they are still on track for burnout.
Some may tell themselves, "I'm new in this position, so I have to make sure I prove myself,
but after everyone believes in me, I can relax a bit."
But that relaxing never comes because this mindset feeds off of that inner need for approval.
Proving-yourself mindset is unsustainable in the long-term.
Not only can it result in burnout, but it can lead to resentment resulting from continually
inviting and allowing others to take advantage of you.
Do good work for the sake of doing good work. Have a life outside of work that sustains your self-esteem.
You don't have to prove anything to anyone.
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