Before diving right into the practical steps to help you dig out of the hole, I think it’s important to better understand the origins of burnout so you can help prevent it from becoming your own lifelong “Dark Passenger” (as Dexter might say) as it has been for so much of my professional life.
“There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who are burned out, and those who know they are burned out.” I venture to say the number of people actually experiencing burnout is much closer to 100% right now because we’re all just over it.
For those uninitiated, here’s the simplest way to describe the nuanced brilliance that is the Emmy-nominated Apple+ Series Severance:
Severance is Office Space meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets…The Shining.
My conversation with Melissa Costello is centered around the feelings of doubt, confusion, and uncertainty that come with major transitions (imposter syndrome, anyone?). We discuss the tools, habits, strategies, and most importantly the mindsets we can use on ourselves to make sure we’re staying aligned to our values and true to our deeper why’s.
Editor Jim Page tells the candid story of how he was fired for requesting a single day off for mental health, and what this says about everything that still needs to be fixed in the world of freelance creative work.
Learn how Eddie nominated editor David J. Turner evaluated the way he works and lives to go from being totally burned out and afraid of taking on new work to literally having the confidence and energy to apply for a trip to the moon.
Michael Kammes is a production & post-production workflow master and a business developer. He has also fought a lifelong battle with depression.
Learn how editor Chryss Terry used simple time management skills to overcome repeated burnout and imposter syndrome.
World-renowned NYC street photographer Daniel Arnold candidly discusses the many facets of the creative mind…including the darker ones.
Civil engineer and female bodybuilder Gen Malone candidly tells her story of depression, burnout, and imposter syndrome…and how she came out the other side.
Author’s Note: The following is an article I originally wrote for the site Growthlab.com titled “How I burned out as a burnout coach (and then …
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