(1) Do you have a colleague you can trust who walks the same walk, talks the same talk and shares the many of your same interests as you?

YES, I DO!

Awesome! I call this colleague an INDUSTRY ALLY. And every recovering perfectionist needs one in their support squad. Because whether it’s business jargon or emerging trends, sometimes it’s easier to communicate with someone who understands and can relate to your ups and downs. Most importantly, they can help keep your work life from seeping too far into your personal or romantic worlds by acting as a sounding board when you need it.

But be warned: Industry Allies are relatively easy to find, but hard relationships to nurture, especially if you you start to rise up the ranks more rapidly than your Ally. Don’t disclose too much personal or professional intel (especially online!) — when the stakes are high, that GChat rant could come back to sting.