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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