Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

Came across this helpful article today that reflects on some of the topics covered in the skills series. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exhaustion-is-not-a-status-symbol/2012/10/02/19d27aa8-0cba-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story.html

In this interview with researcher Brené Brown, she looks at some of the outcome from her research on leadership and busyness, and has some great insight into some of the processes behind our obsession with work.

Let me quote briefly from the article, Brown writes:

‘Crazy-busy’ is a great armor, it’s a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we’re feeling and what we really need can’t catch up with us.

and pertinent to the last blog post in our series:

One of the things that I found was the importance of rest and play, and the willingness to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth. A lot of people told me that when they put their work away and when they try to be still and be with family, sometimes they feel like they’re coming out of their skins. They’re thinking of everything they’re not doing, and they’re not used to that pace.

Do go read the article, here is the link again: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exhaustion-is-not-a-status-symbol/2012/10/02/19d27aa8-0cba-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story.html

It is a really helpful reflection.

H/T Shane Rogerson.


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