When it comes to career matters and career advancement, Libra signs really have the best of both worlds.
On the one hand, you’re very analytical. You don’t make move unless you have the data. On the other, you are very good with people. In fact, you can be thrown into most social situations and interact with different kinds of people from all walks of life and you would do quite well.
This combination might seem like it makes for a golden formula for maximum career advancement. However, you need to look past appearances. On paper, you have what it takes to truly excel in any career or in any field.
The problem is, you are your greatest enemy. There are certain trends and tendencies in your personality that end up sabotaging your prospects for career advancement. In many cases, many Libras find themselves stuck in middle management. In fact, many actually can’t get past lower level management.
The reality is that there are certain elements to the Libra personality that might produce positive results but at the same time, if taken to a certain level, actually hold them back from the career advancement that they otherwise deserve.
Your Analytical Side Can Help You
As I’ve mentioned earlier, Libras are very analytical. They like to weigh things. After all, the Libra is based on the sign of the scales.
With that said, this can also hold you back. There is such a thing called analysis paralysis. Basically you just keep going on and on looking for new information. You keep digging for new data before you make a decision.
Unfortunately, if you want to advance in your career, you have to become a decision maker. Companies promote people based on their ability to make the right decisions.
You must not only be right but you have to step up to the plate and take a swing.
The problem is most Libras are so preoccupied of being right that they eventually freeze in their tracks. They go into this holding pattern that they’re always looking out or waiting for additional information.
Unfortunately, the more information you get, the more paralyzed you become. You eventually find yourself in a situation where you can’t make a move regardless of how much data goes your way. This is not the definition of leadership.
Real leadership involves gathering enough information so that you can take action. It means at a certain stage, you have to pull the trigger. At a certain stage, you need to get off the fence.
Unfortunately, for the classical Libra, there’s not enough information, so you’d rather stay on the fence your fear of failure basically freezes you and paralyzes you in making a decision. This can be disastrous to your career.
Know When to Stop Analyzing
The real secret to Libra career success is pretty straightforward. You need to know when to stop analyzing. You need to know when to get off the fence. You need to know when to take that shot.
There is a stage where you have enough information that you can make an informed decision. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the decision will be absolutely correct.
However, what it does mean is that you have enough information so that the likelihood of correct decision is much higher than an incorrect decision.
Don’t let your fear get the best of you.
More Data Isn’t Necessarily Going To Help
Constantly asking for information or seeking to build a commission or form a commission isn’t necessarily the right solution. Real leadership is all about looking at information and making a decision at the right time and at the right place.
It’s not about avoiding blame. It’s not about avoiding mistakes. It’s all about action.
Companies can only progress when the leaders in that company constantly take action. Of course, not all action leads to happy results. In many cases, taking action can lead to a disaster. Hey, that’s the risk you need to take. As the old saying goes “No pain, no gain.” You need to take action. You need to take a shot.
A lot of this paralysis can actually be traced back to the misconception among many Libras that if they are analyzing, they’re actually taking action.
I’m sorry to break it you, but simply thinking about a problem or analyzing a problem isn’t the same as taking action on that problem. Real leadership, real management is all about taking action. In other words, it’s all about real results.
An analysis isn’t really a result. It’s really all about sucking up time, energy, and resources to compile or process data. While this is good at a certain level, at a certain level you have to also take action.
The world rewards action. It doesn’t reward intention. You might have all the best intention in the world but if your life doesn’t produce a certain amount of results that the world is expecting, guess what, you won’t get the rewards that you would like.
More data isn’t necessarily going to help. Collecting information over and over is really not going to make all that much of a difference if it’s the same kind of information.
Don’t Be Afraid To Be Wrong
The core of the Libra personality that really gets in the way of the typical Libra reaching the heights of his career is the fear of being wrong. The reality is that we are surrounded by failure. Life really is a series of failure after failure. Failures are a part of life.
The good news is that your boss or the board of directors knows this. What they’re paying you is not so much to be right but to take action. The good news is that in a corporate setting, people can always reverse wrong decisions.
There’s always a plan B.
What’s important is that you actually take the shot.
As Wayne Gretzky has said, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” In other words, what separates truly great companies from mediocre companies is not so much the right decisions that the leaders in those companies made but how often and how decisively they chose to take advantage of opportunities.
In many cases, industries live or die based on how decisively leaders take advantage of opportunities.
In many cases, opportunities come along once in a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Don’t be afraid to step up to the plate and take your best swing.
As long as you have enough information and as long as you have real faith in your team, everything will pretty much take care of itself.
In most cases, the first version of a product, the first version of a service offering isn’t always the best. Keep in mind that the Windows operating system really only truly took off with version 3.1. Windows 1.0 was a failure. Windows 2.0 was a failure.
It took Microsoft until Windows 3.1 to really hit the ball out of the park.
The same goes with Apple computers. The Apple 2 might have been a success and the Mac may have been revolutionary, but there was a long period where Apple was in the wilderness as far as technological leadership is involved.
It took Apple’s innovation of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad to truly dominate that market.
What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t be afraid to be wrong.
Take that shot, get started, and get ready to make small revisions. As long as you’re open-minded, as long as you’re flexible, your decisions can be the right decisions that push your company forward.