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Thriving in the Face of Ladder-Kickers

Thriving in the Face of Ladder-Kickers

In our previous article, we explored the essence of being a Rapunzula – uplifting and empowering others. In this article, we delve into another aspect of the professional journey: thriving despite the presence of ladder-kickers. We will share 10 tips to sidestep ladder-kickers that will help you carve your own way to success.

While our previous article illuminated the ways to be a Rapunzula, this one tackles the flip side of the coin. It is about thriving in the face of those who, rather than letting their hair down for others to climb, choose to kick the ladder from above so no one may follow on their path to success. These ladder-kickers, driven by self-interest, may pose formidable obstacles. But just as Rapunzulas find their way to empower and uplift, so too can you overcome the presence of ladder-kickers.

10 Tips to Sidestep Ladder-Kickers

Career paths are not always smooth ascents. Along the path to success, we may encounter individuals who, instead of offering a helping hand, choose to kick the ladder from beneath us. Driven by self-interest, insecurity, jealousy or self-centeredness, these ladder-kickers may seem like sheer insurmountable obstacles in our pursuit of advancement.

However, it is important to remember that while their presence can be disheartening, there are ways to navigate around them and continue thriving in the face of adversity. In this article, we explore effective strategies to deal with ladder-kickers, empowering you to chart your own course, rise above their negative influence, and carve out a path to success that is uniquely yours.


Seek Support
If you encounter a ladder-kicker who refuses to support you, look for support and mentorship from other individuals who are willing to help and advocate for your growth.


Create Your Own Path
Instead of relying solely on others, focus on building your own network, developing your skills, and seeking opportunities independently. Take charge of your career and forge your own path. Just because there is not a path yet, does not mean you cannot pave it yourself 😉


Seek out Positive Influences
Surround yourself with supportive and empowering individuals who believe in your potential and can provide guidance and encouragement.


Build Alliances
Collaborate with like-minded individuals who share similar goals and aspirations or are facing challenges by the same ladder-kicker. By working together and supporting each other, you can collectively overcome the challenges posed by ladder-kickers.


Develop Resilience
Cultivate resilience by focusing on your own growth, learning from your experiences, and using challenges as opportunities to become stronger and more determined.


Set Your Inner Rapunzula Free
Take on the role of a Rapunzula yourself: support and uplift others in your sphere of influence. By creating a culture of support and empowerment, you can actively counteract the negative impact of ladder-kickers. Being supportive, collaborative, and inclusive yourself will inspire others and create a ripple effect of positive change.


Seek Professional Development Opportunities
Invest in your own professional development through training, workshops, and educational programs. Become more self-reliant and less dependent on ladder-kickers by continuously enhancing your skills and knowledge.


Expand Your Network
Expand your professional network beyond the reach of ladder-kickers. Attend industry events or join professional associations. Engaging with individuals from diverse backgrounds can offer guidance and opportunities.


Stay Focused on Your Goals
Do not let the actions of ladder-kickers deter you from pursuing your ambitions. Instead, stay focused on your goals, always maintain a positive mindset, and persevere in your journey.


Seek Opportunities Elsewhere
If all your efforts fail or you just do not want to invest the energy, look for an environment where Rapunzulas prevail and that might mean another organization altogether. Having a ladder-kicker in the way does in no way mean you have to stay stuck on your path, risk your self-esteem or mental health altogether. Look for a company culture that discourages ladder-kicking practices, encourages collaboration and teamwork, and values different voices.

Remember, every Rapunzula once faced their own share of ladder-kickers and adversities. Armed with knowledge and empowered by resilience, we discover that their shadows can be navigated. With the above strategies you can rise above the negativity, forge your own path, and build a career defined by your unwavering determination instead of obstacles.

Every Rapunzula has walked the winding path, but consciously chose to uplift, mentor, and support others which in turn led them to greater heights. As you embark on your journey, let the Rapunzula spirit guide your way, and may you find the strength to reach your aspirations while offering a hand to those who follow. In this unity, we collectively climb the ladder of progress, higher and higher, rewriting the narrative of what is possible for ourselves and for those who come after. Start defining your own legacy of empowerment and change.

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