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Corporate Carnivores-Vulture Culture

Imagine being in a room full of people, and you can magically hear their deepest thoughts, imaginations, passions, hopes, and insecurities. What do you think you will listen to? You will hear anxiety and fear as people worry about their future, their purpose in life, and whether they are being accepted. You might also listen to hopes for a better future, dreams of success, and ambitions to improve the world. Most likely, you will also encounter various perspectives on life, some of which will challenge your beliefs. More importantly, you will hear a chorus of vultures preying on one another’s weaknesses.

Vultures are people who plot to exploit individuals’ weaknesses. In theory, we all live in the same room called life, and while there are various degrees of success in this world, our inclination to embrace a vulture culture has always been a constant thorn in society. A vulture culture is one where people focus on superficial success and use their success to exploit the weak. This culture breeds apathy, cruelty, and a lack of empathy for others. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed and challenged if we want to create a healthier environment for everyone. While we can collectively work together to eliminate this mindset, ignoring that vulture culture exists dangerous. We must be aware of the vulture culture and ensure it does not overtake our humanity. ​​​​​​​ To do so, we must learn how to navigate in a life’s room full of vultures.

Navigating a room full of such individuals requires skill and understanding. Here are ten things you must do to successfully navigate a room full of vultures.

  1. Be aware of all the vultures: Before you enter a room full of vultures, be mindful that they are around and can sense your weaknesses. Some vultures are passive some are aggressive. What is most important is knowing who they are and that they are monitoring everything that you do.
  2. Protect yourself: Establish boundaries with the people around you, and don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. Being mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually self-sufficient is essential. For example., The need for external motivation and affirmations is a significant weakness that vultures can use against you.
  3. Be prepared: Ensure you have the knowledge and skills to protect yourself from a vulture’s grasp. Researching their tactics can help you stay one step ahead of them. For example, read Hustle Culture by K.A. Perkins. In this book, I give you everything you need to do to navigate a room full of vultures.
  4. Don’t be afraid to walk away: You have to determine if confrontation with certain vultures is worth your time, energy, money, and your mental health.
  5. Be assertive: Make sure that your voice is heard in the room and that you are actively participating in conversations. But, on the other hand, don’t be afraid to put your foot down when necessary.
  6. Check yourself: Ensure you are not falling into the same traps as a vulture. Be aware of how you talk, act, and think to ensure you are not engaging in vulture behavior.
  7. Move on. Once you have encountered a situation, don’t linger on it. Shaking off the experience and refocusing on other tasks or conversations can help you move forward positively.
  8. Speak up: If you notice another person being taken advantage of, speak up for them if it is safe. Standing up for others in the room can help create an environment of protection and respect.
  9. Build relationships: Make positive connections with others in the room. Treat everyone with respect and be a person of integrity. Building relationships will help create a robust support system and alliances to protect you from vultures and provide emotional support when needed.
  10. Have a plan: In everything you do, have a plan. Have a plan for how you deal with vultures, successes, and failures.

Navigating a room full of vultures takes work, but it can be done. Following these steps can help you stay safe and protect yourself from their grasp. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that while vultures may exist, they do not have to control your destiny. So have a Hustle Culture Day.

Originally published in Hustle Culture Co.

Corporate Carnivores-Vulture Culture was originally published in The Culture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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