You may face setbacks in your career where you feel you have been wronged; maybe it was an employer who mistreated you, a client who said things about you, or an opportunity gone wrong. The last thing you want to do when feeling hurt is to seek out public revenge in a blog, Facebook post, or tweet. As Dr. Wayne Dyer said in one of his presentations, “If you seek revenge, be sure to dig two graves.” Even if you are hurt, striking out in a public way can only hurt yourself, maybe more so than the people who allegedly wronged you.
Have I been wronged in my life? You bet! It would be the easiest thing to strike out and name who I believe wronged me, treated me poorly, or who is to blame for whatever may have taken place. In the end, who does it help? Certainly, not those who have treated me right. Very often, when revenge is exacted on others, the innocent victims are often those who know and love us and are questioned on the situations we bring up that are better left unsaid or dealt with in a non-public way.
The next time you are tempted to lash out at a co-worker, boss, or former employer in a public setting, think about my words; they may save you from committing career suicide.