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Career-minded individuals face many obstacles, especially in a tight labor market. Regardless of how you confront the obstacles that block your path, your objective should be to get around them as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

Career obstacles come at us in many shapes and sizes. They may take the form of a gatekeeper at a future employer or a supervisor at a current one. Difficult coworkers, expanding job responsibilities and increased competition for future roles may also slow us down.

Most of us seldom think about such things, but there are only four ways to get past an obstacle. You can go over it, under it, around it or through it. It's up to you to choose the way that leads to the best result...and make no mistake about it...you do have a choice.

There is a natural tendency to want to bull straight ahead and crush the obstacle, but this may not be the best way to move forward. Even if you succeed, you may end up bloodied and bruised. Instead, why not stop and process available information about the obstacle before charging ahead? If you do, you may discover a better way of bypassing the obstacle...one that leaves you energized instead of exhausted.

When you choose to bypass an obstacle rather than destroy it, the obstacle remains. Those attempting to get where you already are will have to deal with it, but you won't. It's in your rear view mirror and there's nothing but open road ahead.

We all have obstacles to deal with. It's how we approach our obstacles that determines whether or not they block our path...or the path of those chasing us.

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