2 Silly Myths You've Been Told About Burnout

“I can’t burn out. I’m not a candle.” — Grant Cardone

Before diving into this post, I was doing some research on burnout.

And came across the term — burnout syndrome. Say whaaaat? Who makes up terms like these I have to wonder.

But anyways, let’s address these 2 myths people tend to believe about burnout. And get to the REAL cause behind burnout.

#1 — Working too hard makes you burnout.

Thomas Edison worked more than 60 hours per week. This is something he did on a regular, consistent basis.

And before his death, he mentioned the following:

“I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight hour work day. And convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. If my life had been made up of eight hour days, I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal.” — Thomas Edison

Yet in 2016 we scare people into believing they’ll burn out if they work too hard. Even though the hours we work on average today is almost half as much as it was 100–60 years ago.

How about somebody more modern like Gary Vaynerchuk. Who consistently works more than 13+ hour days. Monday to Friday.

If you’ve watched any of his Daily Vee’s, then you’ve had a glimpse of what his work ethic looks like.

Yet, nowhere will you find on his YouTube channel or articles where he mentions “burning out” because of working so hard.

I could also use Lil Wayne as an example.

He’s known as one of, if not the most hard working person in Hip Hop. Yet he’s never mentioned anything out being burnout because of his work ethic….

Working hard does NOT cause burnout. It’s a ridiculous myth you’ve been sold on.

#2 — Being a high achiever can lead to burn out.

Going back to some of the examples I used before, wouldn’t you class Lil Wayne, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Thomas Edison as High Achievers? As well as people like:

  1. Kobe Bryant.
  2. Michael Jordan.
  3. Steve Jobs.
  4. Kanye West.
  5. 50 Cent.
  6. Tupac Shakur.
  7. Will Smith.


And countless other people? And not just FAMOUS people, but similar people from all types of careers, industries, and so on?

This myth is even more ridiculous than the last one. And there’s no proof or relevance behind any of it.

The #1 legitimate cause behind burnout — A lack of purpose.

The only times I’ve ever “burnout” in my life was when I lacked purpose, drive, motivation, reasons and meaning behind my actions. Since getting clear on ALL of those things, burnout is no longer a threat.

If you don’t know:

  1. What it is you want out of life.
  2. What it is you want out of your work.
  3. If there’s nothing driving you.
  4. If there’s nothing worth striving for.
  5. If you hate what you do.
  6. If you lack interest or passion in what you do.
  7. If there’s little meaning behind your actions.
  8. If you do what you do just for the sake of doing it….

Then yes you WILL burnout. You WILL feel drained, tired, exhausted, and have very little energy or motivation to keep it up.

And you’ll continue to feel frustrated, restless, helpless, unsatisfied, and stressed out.

A lack of purpose = burnout.

“You don’t get burnout — you lose purpose! You lose your meaning. When I’m tired, I look at my purpose.” — Grant Cardone

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Theo J Ellis

I share my experiences, opinions and insights on life and business. I got my first start in business selling retail products online. I've also been featured in the top 100 personal development blogs, among others.

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