6 soul-crushing professional habits

Do you skip lunch or answer emails after hours? There’s nothing wrong with ambition, but make sure you don’t sacrifice too much in your climb to the top.

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Dreaming of the fastest way to advance in your career?

We want to go from intern to CEO in the time it takes to pull up to a drive-thru window and get a large order of fries. We’ve got places to go and success to obtain.

The ambition gear has to be in overdrive for you to reach the next rung, but before you accelerate, know that there are speed limits in place for your own good.

Despite what you’ve heard about the surefire ways that’ll get you to the top sooner, some habits can actually end up labeling you as a doormat—and doormats are not fun.

Here are six habits you should cut out early in your career to ensure you aren’t being counterproductive in your pursuit of success:

1. Not taking your lunch break.

You want to show your manager you understand that meeting deadlines is crucial, and sometimes it means skipping lunch to get that report done by 2 p.m.—but every day shouldn’t look like that.

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