The Burnout Gamble: Progress Update – May 2017 Newsletter

“Good enough and on-time is often better than perfect.”

It’s hard to believe that the book is done.

That’s right, my friend – I shipped it to my editor two weeks ago. I must say, it was one of the hardest things to do, for two reasons in particular:

  1. The wealth of new research & ideas being published on a daily basis on occupational burnout and resilience building is astounding.
  2. I’m still unlearning perfectionism. With each new insight I gain, my reflex is to crack open the manuscript and revise it.

To cope with the anxiety around shipping this book, I’ve had to remind myself that “good enough and on-time is better than perfect.” I’ve learned to trust myself as well as the opinions of the many people with whom I’ve validated the book’s core concepts. While my editor is going to town on the draft, I’m coordinating production and marketing. At the same time, I’m bookmarking new information and jotting down stories that will find themselves in supporting blog posts, podcast episodes, and other places.

At the beginning of the year, I announced that I was writing this book. Now here we are. I thank you for giving me the time and space to immerse myself into this project. While it’s been one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling things I’ve ever done, it’s also been hard not to put out regular writing as well as to be somewhat mum on social media. I’ve been feeling out of touch with you, and I need that to change immediately. I hope that once the book is in your hands, you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

Q&A: @shohra_adel“How do you push through your worst times?”
Hamza: If you try to push through your worst times right away, you’ll most likely aggravate the circumstances. Instead, take some time to deload your stressors. Talk to your partner, friends, family, and mentors. Doing so will help you get out of your own head and simultaneously organize your thoughts. Once you’ve distributed the stress across your support network, use the extra capacity to form a positive outlook on these times. Believe that they are temporary, and will that into existence with daily imperative actions to get out of the rut you’re in. For instance, if you can’t land a job, then do at least one thing every day that will get you closer to landing a job (book informational interviews, have your resume critiqued, learn a new technical skill, etc.) Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” While it’s true, you don’t have to mad dash through it – take it one step at a time.