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What if burnout in a career isn’t the wildfire of exhaustion, depression, and apathy it is known for? What if it is actually a controlled burn designed for healing and growth?
Many careers are characterized by burnout, particularly in the helping professions. We expect to see it in law enforcement, healthcare, and teaching. Those professions appeal to people with high ideals and compassionate souls.
but what about the ones calling their own shots? The self-employed entrepreneurs? What causes them to crumble and fold under pressure?
The same issues apply. Too many hours, too much stress, too little appreciation. Lofty goals meet daily grind. They imagine it will get better as soon as they turn some imaginary corner. But the markers of success remain just out of reach and enthusiasm turns first to doubt and then cynicism.
Entrepreneurs may have more illusions of control because they hold all the matches. But in the end, a burn is a burn no matter who starts the fire. Accepting responsibility for our pain and our healing means knowing that we each have the power to manage the heat by shifting our perspective or our presence.
Raging fire or controlled burn? You decide.
Kim Halsey is an entrepreneur living in the leap from the life she was programmed to live into the life of her dreams.