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The Burn-out Factor

The Burn-out Factor

Science tells us that we are all not that different when it comes to finding happiness and the “roadblocks” that prevent us from getting there. While we often look to our jobs as the solution to finding happiness, or as a hindrance, we should probably be looking elsewhere.

Contrary to popular belief, “burn-out” isn’t a result of working too many hours at something, but rather a dissatisfaction with the kind of work itself. It’s about not being able to achieve what you want to, and having goals that either unclear or unattainable. The #1 burn-out job is pediatric burn-unit nursing, because while the goal is clear (stop the pain of children asap), it is unattainable at times.

Certain jobs that tend to be associated with burn-out, such as law and medicine, tend to compensate well, which can convince you that it’s worth it to keep trucking along. However, in the long run, “a job does not make you happy, it only makes you unhappy.” Happiness is less about your career choices, and more about your personal life, your relationships, your dreams.

How do you deal with potential burn-out? [Jobjournal.com]

Posted: 5/23/08