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10 Signs You're Burning Out (And How To Stop It)

10 Signs You're Burning Out (And How To Stop It) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.

The prevalence of burnout is increasing as technology further blurs the line between work and home. New research from the American Psychological Association and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago reported the following:

  • 48 percent of Americans experienced increased stress over the past 5 years
  • 31 percent of employed adults have difficulty managing their work and family responsibilities
  • 53 percent say work leaves them "overtired and overwhelmed."

A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) poll found that “burnout from my current job” was one of the top reasons that people quit.

Burnout can get the better of you, even when you have great passion for your work. Arianna Huffington experienced this first hand when she almost lost an eye from burnout. She was so tired at work that she passed out, hitting her face on her desk. She broke her cheek bone and had to get four stitches on her eye.

“I wish I could go back and tell myself that not only is there no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance, performance is actually improved when our lives include time for renewal, wisdom, wonder and giving. That would have saved me a lot of unnecessary stress, burnout and exhaustion.”   –Arianna Huffington

Burnout often results from a misalignment of input and output; you get burnt out when you feel like you’re putting more into your work than you’re getting out of it. Sometimes this happens when a job isn’t rewarding, but more often than not it’s because you aren’t taking care of yourself.

Before you can treat and even prevent burnout, you need to recognize the warning signs so that you’ll know when it’s time to take action. Here they are, in no particular order. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Good weekend read. Very true, #burnout is everywhere, both #employees and #entrepreneurs will experience it at one time or another.

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25 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wish They'd Known Before Their First Startup

25 Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wish They'd Known Before Their First Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Think you have what it takes?

Founding a company isn't for the faint of heart.

Every entrepreneur — no matter the size of their company — faces tough decisions and seemingly insurmountable struggles at some point in the process of getting their idea off the ground.

Think you have what it takes?

Rejoiner's Joseph Putnam teamed up with Grasshopper to ask more than two dozen founders for the advice and wisdom they wish they'd had before starting their first company. He gave us permission to share those insights. 

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The entrepreneurial life is different and can be hard at times. Here are a few good examples of those who are doing it.

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The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

No one said building a company was easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is--and the price so many founders secretly pay.

By all counts and measures, Bradley Smith is an unequivocal business success. He's CEO of Rescue One Financial, an Irvine, California-based financial services company that had sales of nearly $32 million last year. Smith's company has grown some 1,400 percent in the last three years, landing it at No. 310 on this year's Inc. 500. So you might never guess that just five years ago, Smith was on the brink of financial ruin--and mental collapse.

Back in 2008, Smith was working long hours counseling nervous clients about getting out of debt. But his calm demeanor masked a secret: He shared their fears. Like them, Smith was sinking deeper and deeper into debt. He had driven himself far into the red starting--of all things--a debt-settlement company. "I was hearing how depressed and strung out my clients were, but in the back of my mind I was thinking to myself, I've got twice as much debt as you do," Smith recalls.

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We usually only see the success stories. No one gets there without a struggle. Entrepreneurship is definitely not the easy path. The rewards may be big, but what is the price you pay? And still... would you rather be an employee for the rest of your life?

Excellent article. Must read for any entrepreneur.

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