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Dealing with BURNOUT & Finding Your Spark


It’s an unfortunate truth, but burnout is becoming more common than ever before. In fact, a study by Indeed found that 52% of people feel burned out at work, which is 9% higher than it was, pre-COVID. There could be a lot of reasons for this — working from home for all these months, not investing in self care, or simply being overworked. 

My guest today thinks this issue goes much deeper than this though. His name is Jonathan Fields and he’s an award-winning author, host of the Good Life Project podcast, and the founder & CEO of Spark Endeavors — a company that helps people and organizations discover the work that truly drives them. According to Jonathan, the root of this massive shift toward burnout is that most people aren’t doing the type of work that makes them feel fulfilled. We all have something that makes us tick, something that makes us come alive the second we do it, but too often we ignore it.

I’ve found this to be the case since launching The School of Greatness as well. There are SO many people who have neglected the work they were meant to do for the work they think we should be doing. In this episode, we discuss a wide variety of tools and tactics to help you avoid burnout, find joy in the work you do, and truly live your purpose. You won’t want to miss it! Please help me in welcoming the one-and-only, Jonathan Fields, to the show.

“An existential crisis is a crisis of meaning.” @jonathanfields  

Jonathan Fields is a dad, husband, award-winning author, executive producer, and host of one of the top-ranked podcasts in the world, Good Life Project, which has been featured everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Oprah Magazine and even Apple’s iconic annual product event. He is also the Founder/CEO of Spark Endeavors and lead architect behind the Sparketypes®, an archetyping system and set of tools tapped by over 500,000 individuals and organizations to identify, embrace, and cultivate work that makes people come alive, and equip organizations and leaders to more-effectively unlock potential, motivation, impact, and joy.

Jonathan also speaks globally to groups and organizations, and his work has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, Elle, Allure, The Guardian, and more.

If you or your team is experiencing burnout, or you feel it coming around the corner, then my discussion with Jonathan can help. By discovering the work that makes you come alive, reconnecting with your purpose, and being more intentional with where you put your energy into, you can avoid burnout and enjoy the work that makes you come alive. Please join me for Episode 1,162 of The School of Greatness!

“The average person wakes up in the morning and goes to do something that isn’t in line with the fundamental impulse of work that would actually nourish them.” @jonathanfields  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why are we seeing a rise in burnout?
  • What are the physical manifestations of burnout?
  • How do we not self-sabotage things once our lives are finally in alignment?
  • How can we get out of a rut in our career and beyond?
  • What are the key factors to identifying meaningful work?
  • How can we find our “Sparketype”?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why “burning out” is becoming more common in today’s society.
  • The relationship between internal stress and physical pain.
  • The difference between a good life and a complacent life
  • How to not self-sabotage once your life is finally in alignment.
  • How to find out your “Sparktype”
  • What to start doing with your life right now!
  • And so much more!
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