"Why is it that getting feedback at work can feel like going to the dentist? We avoid it, pretend everything is just fine, and don't get preventative check ups. The result can be painful -- ever had a root canal? We know dozens of people who derailed (failed to achieve the success they or others thought possible) largely because they didn't know how others saw them. You need regular, honest feedback from your boss, co-workers, customers and friends."
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNEWS.com online ballot:
How would you describe yourself?
I live the American dream, 4.8 percent
I live the American nightmare, 43.9 percent
I live in an American limbo, 51.2 percent
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