Burnout is a fog. It’s sleeping with your email alerts on, hearing the chime in the middle of the night. It’s becoming blinded by the blue light and believing your body should somehow be operating on this level of heightened awareness. It’s convincing yourself: this is dedication.
A few years ago,Business Insiderpublished an article aboutdepression in the startup community. According to it, 7% of the general population report suffering from depression, while 30% of founders report dealing with its effects, and more than 50% of those get to burnout.
Last year,Forbespublished findings onhow we can stop burnout, with facts like: research suggesting 72% of entrepreneurs report mental health concerns, with founders being 30% more likely to experience depression than a member of the general public.
InJoel’s tale, he tells it like it is—the advice we needed to hear, his story, and how he’d do it differently. And reading his journal entries from a time of crisis is a sobering call to action. At one point, he shares his writing from a personal journal entry:
“I’m feeling this general dull sadness or struggle in me... Everything feels harder, and I’m generally feeling a cloud over me and more low in energy and pessimistic than usual.”
In it, he also gets real on recharging—using outlets like sleeping in, watching YouTube, taking long walks, seeing a therapist. (He shouts outHiten Shahfor that recc.) He then continues on with the biggest lessons in preventing burnout.
But if you already feel you’re on the path,read onfor prevention or for taking action.
The big wigs may seem superhuman, but they're people, too.
A bit on preventing burnout
So how does one prevent said burnout?
When you’re in the thick of it, you don’t take the third-party approach. You’re heads down, in the weeds, under water.
# 3: Rethinking what you actuallywantto do, to clear your brain
# 4: Freeing up time to work on the company… big picture stuff
# 5: Because life’s too short to be worried about too many things
(which sounds cliché, sure, but it’s a cliché with truth behind it)
And doesn’t that all sound… just lovely?
Our Founder Patrick hasreminded us time and time againthat the "hustle" isn’t money for money’s sake. It’s not cash and cars. It’s not superficial feelings of accomplishment. "Hustle" is a beacon to changing your own personal circumstances.
And in this piece on Medium, you’ll uncover a real-world step by step on the reasoning of a break from "hustle" and how to actually implement it so you don’t ever get a taste for burnout that cannot be reversed. We must remember that "hustle" is in the long game.
So Founders, CEOs… send me a note email@example.com you have thoughts you want shared on this one (if you're not on sabbatical, that is). Have you taken a break of sorts? Did it pay off? We know you have opinions; Let’s hear em.
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