9 career mistakes to avoid in 2017

Marguerite Ward

If you're ready to ring in a more successful career in 2017, take a minute to make sure you're not about to make a mistake, or continue a pattern, that could hold you back.

Here's a list of some of the best advice from CEOs, self-made millionaires and career strategists on how to make sure you're set for a strong new year, workwise.

1. Staying put because you're afraid of change

According to a former Google career coach who's helped more than 1,000 people, the biggest career mistake people make is "taking action based on fear or 'shoulds.'"

When people are guided by fear or what they think they should do, it keeps them on an unfulfilling path, says Jenny Blake, career strategist and author of the book "Pivot."

2. Focusing too much on finding your "passion"

The pressure to identify your one true calling in life can be crushing. Blake suggests that workers lift that weight off of their shoulders.

"For some, the pressure to define a purpose or mission statement is stifling and causes much unnecessary angst," she writes in "Pivot."

Ditch the "passion" mind-set, and instead start smaller projects to figure out what you enjoy doing, Blake says.

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