There’s a fire within me. It’s a project tentatively titled The Burnout Gamble, and it’s about how to beat burnout & achieve more. It was inspired by your rave response to my 2nd TEDx talk (which chronicled my bouts with burnout) as well as the wealth of research I’ve conducted in the time that has elapsed since the talk. Psychologists, educators, and recovering overachievers have all helped me to develop a framework for optimizing productivity while minimizing stress, and I’m crafting a book about this.
Why Does This Book Matter?
Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year. Studies show that employees, executives, and entrepreneurs alike are working longer and harder than ever before, leaving very little time for much else. By burning the candle on both ends, our most productive people are severely compromising their health & well-being.
Whether the drive to achieve is coming from within (the pursuit of happiness, striving for greatness, building a legacy, etc.) or without (fear of job redundancy, layoffs due to an uncertain economy, increased demands for overtime, etc.) Stress is unavoidable.
Success requires effort.
Effort induces stress.
Stress can lead to burnout.
Millennials are now being called “Generation Stress.” That’s because for the last three years, the American Psychological Association’s research on stress has found Millennials to be the most stressed demographic in America.
Why Am I Writing This Now?
While stress can’t be avoided, it can certainly be harnessed. In fact, anyone who has experienced the highs of peak performance appreciates the value of “eustress” (good stress) to unlock optimal productivity. Playing a proverbial high-stakes game of work/life requires a substantial wager of your health & well-being. But without sufficient understanding of the rules, you can quickly end up in a negative free-roll scenario ie. The 12 Stages of Burnout. The Burnout Gamble is full of stories, strategies, and tools to help you beat the odds by conquering stress, dodging burnout, and staying motivated. I’m want to show you how to play a better hand, regardless of the cards you’ve been dealt.
The Burnout Gamble is about managing your stress, and not letting your stress manage you.
This Book Will Help You…
Imagine a version of yourself that is thriving and productive at all times, instead of in sporadic bursts. The Burnout Gamble will help you become that version of yourself.
I’ll Need Your Help With The Following:
“Stress is an inevitable consequence of living.”
Dr. Hans Selye (Pioneering Endocrinologist)
For any overachievers trying to veer off the path to burnout, this book will be your inoculation. I’m someone who experienced the crippling effects of saying “yes” to everything except myself for a prolonged period of time. The Burnout Gamble will be the book that I wish I read before casting off into my career. And it will be one that I will read whenever I lose direction or when the waters get rough. It’s a tribute to all of the impressive and hard-working people in my life, including you.
Let’s burn bright, not out.
This post was originally published on Medium.