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Why Burning A Bridge Is Not A Good Idea

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on November 29, 2011

It would seem obvious that burning a bridge is not a good idea. Most people know that the world is small and even if you may never need a favor from the person you are burning a bridge with, you don’t know who they might know. Why write about this? I see over and over how careless people around me are about their relationships, both personal and professional. And they are not shy about airing their dirty laundry. You can hear it in the hallways, read about it on facebook or hear it from a 3rd party.

I would caution anyone making a choice to be vocal about your anger, discontent or however you go about burning your bridge, about the potential consequences, that it CAN cost you. You won’t always know when it is costing you. I have seen people seeking jobs get turned down and not know why and then find out that the employer talked to someone they had burned a bridge with in the past.

Again, it can cost you.

My recommendation? Find a healthy outlet for your frustrations. Get a therapist, a job coach, a friend who will take your venting to the grave. I am not suggesting you hold it in. I am suggesting you are thoughtful about the implications to your future (if not the harm you might be causing the other person).

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


2 Responses to “Why Burning A Bridge Is Not A Good Idea”

  1. Alice said

    So true! Sometimes we get so caught up in our emotions and we just don’t think about any out come because at the moment we just need to vent. Lord please help me to remember to be careful what and with whom I share.

  2. Practice empathy and if that fails, try the therapist idea. Just don’t burn stuff, including bridges…

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