No matter your goals, no matter how many jerks and other petulant personalities you must deal with in your day-to-day job, no matter what -- don't become the grumpy IT pro. It's not going to help solve problems or boost your job satisfaction. Avoiding this pitfall requires self-awareness and introspection, according to Levy: "Do you think someone who has become [the office grouch] knows that they're that person?" (The answer: Probably not.) Listen to people whose opinion you value, whether personally or professionally, and pay attention if they tell you that you look and sound miserable. And if you're already that person, take small, measured steps to fix the underlying issues.
"Changing bad behavior takes time," Levy said.