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What do you do when you need to re-ignite the spark and combat burnout?

There are times when you get burnt out. What do you do to re-ignite that sparks in you?

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Wolfgang Strigel
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Partner at Vancouver Expert Coaches
Do lots of sports and see a shrink.
Tim Cullen
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Tim Cullen Entrepreneur
Principal Software Engineer
See a shrink? Really? That's got to be the most unhelpful comment in recent memory.
Eleanor Carman
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Eleanor Carman Entrepreneur • Advisor
Incoming BLP Sales Associate at LinkedIn
Bonnie - super important question. Someone asked something similar last week. Here's the discussion. Very helpful responses I think you might want to take a look at. Also helpful to do a search before posting to see if there's a similar post that might be useful.
Mike Klein
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Mike Klein Entrepreneur
CTO, Vantage Technology | Lasers, optics, image processing, unique algorithms for groundbreaking product
Wolfgang had a good response and the nasty response was utterly inappropriate. It is what I would have suggested as well. You need a way to find a path through the current lull and whatever works will be the right answer, but it is quite likely you will need help to find it in the most efficient way.
Janet Sun
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Janet Sun Entrepreneur
Co-founder of ManLao River project
I tried isolating myself and doing purely creative stuff. Asking myself what it is I am really good at. And trying to apply my skills to different avenues for financial gain.

What helped was remembering what it felt like to have that excitement and confidence. Like when I first fell in love w/ my job & couldn't stand to leave. It helped to feel a specific enjoyment. And see beautiful products come out. Also to find financial gain in it so I'm not feeling trapped.

Specifically what I did was drive up the coast from SF to Seattle. Stayed in a houseboat in Sausalito. Did a marketing campaign for a product launching in China. And renovated a few properties then rented or sold them. And of course wrote more software which is what I was burnt out on. But just the way I like them. And paying attention to what was really important to me which turned out to be that spark & enjoyment you get from interacting w/ users.

Hope that helps... I do think it's a life long struggle keeping the fire alive.


Richard McLean
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Richard McLean Entrepreneur
Co-Founder Webscale Pty Ltd - KeyPay Cloud Payroll
Bonnie

Take a step back and look at what you are doing. We all get caught up in the every day from time to time although we should focus only on the things that gives us the buzz.

Take some time to do the "step back" process and clearly identify the things you can control and the things that matter to you - this will also define the things that matter to your business.

Pushing aside the things that "burn you out" and that lack the buzz of doing what we do will allow you to really focus on what matters - obviously you need to have a clear picture of where you are going to do this..

Step back - take a breath and enjoy the world around you.. That includes the awesome opportunity we all have to interact and change lives in our own ways.

Its uncomplicated - its just a mindset thing.. We all suffer from it !
Ken Queen
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Ken Queen Entrepreneur
Income For Baby Boomers
My first thought is you are not burnt out, your burnt out on that, what you are doing. As my wife often says I'm full of that, not full just enough of that.

Maybe their is something that particularly was exciting about the field you are in but it became a burden because of all the extra things you had to do, bill collecting, organizing whatever. So maybe you didn't lose your spark for a particular part of the business but maybe the heart of the business became just a small part of what you where doing so you lost sight of what got you originally excited about your profession. If that's the case then farm out the parts you don't like and don't worry about profit they'll come back stronger than ever.

But maybe your heart needs a new venture to set itself on. Maybe your hearing a new drum beat off in the distance and have to sit down and have a serious talk with yourself. See what's in you.
Steve Everhard
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Steve Everhard Advisor
All Things Startup
You need to change your perspective and unless you have a clinically diagnosed psychological condition a shrink isn;t going to help you. You are tired, and possibly not where you expected to be after all this work. Time to move your focus. You need to set some achievable goals that move you to whatever are your personal objectives.

Although exercise (a rash assumption that you aren't already exercising) can improve your energy levels that isn't going to help if you remain unfulfilled in your role. Recharging your batteries may not remove whatever barriers are making you feel burned out.

Frankly, when we are moving towards our personal goals the amount of work we do never feels like burnout. Explore all options for changing the way you are working, including doing something else.
Chris Carruth
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Chris Carruth Advisor
VP/Director. Strategy | Business Development | Operations | Product | Solutions

@Steve, right on the money. It is incredibly hard to let your "baby" go, but sometimes there is a reason to do so. If the core of the issue is the product, and you can't fix it, especially if features aren't superior to the competition (or done better), and if pricing can't be used to your advantage, then no matter how hard you push the buggythe "baby" it is carrying will continue to drag you down.

Reminds me of a pair of women on Shark Tank that had a product but couldn't get the sales to scale enough tocontinue. They thought it was a money issue, the Tank unanimously agreed it was a solution for a problem that did not exist. Cuban ended up buying the entire company for $200k, I think mostly out of sympathy. Another panelists said yes you will cry, but in a short time you will so relieved that you let your baby go.

Not saying give up at first sign of trouble..but am sayingknow "when to hold them, know when to fold them".

I am sure most won't agree..but then again, they are not in your place, no?


Dirk de Kok
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Dirk de Kok Advisor
Founder and CTO Mobtest
First realize that everybody that gives all will have a moment where they feel burned out.
Accept that it is normal, and then choose something completely unrelated that will give you a positive feeling, like a nonprofit to work for. And focus on your personal mental and physical health.
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