Connect with us


5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do to Recharge After Burnout




After working hard on the Manhattan Project, physicist Richard Feynman felt burned out. Prestigious universities offered him teaching gigs, as his obligations with the military wound down. But he felt guilt over being burned out with physics, and he knew that he needed to recharge to be of value. He wrote about the experience in his book “Surely You Must Be Joking Mr. Feynman.”

Finally, opportunity struck in the form of a plate crashing to the ground in a college cafeteria. He watched the incident, and knew he had to figure out the physics of the rotation. Not because of some overwhelming necessity. The science behind it was probably already figured out.

He wanted to tackle the problem because it entertained him, and allowed him to find joy with his skill set – something his work with the military didn’t always allow him. The plate incident allowed him to entertain the same types of physics problems he had at a younger age, the kinds that truly made him appreciate his skill set.

And that ultimately freed him up to enjoy what he was doing again, serve the university in a meaningful way, and advance his career. He felt recharged.

Here are a few lessons on recharging after burnout:

1. Find a Way to Play Your Talents

This is the lesson above. Feynman found a way back to what attracted him to physics in the first place. He began looking at the work that he wanted to do, instead of (or in addition to) the work he had to.

How did you originally discover your passions and talents? What are the problems you want to solve? Clients and customers are great. Helping others is what we’re here to do. But when you lose your initial passion, it’s tough to stay relevant.

2. Zoom Out for Perspective

It’s easy to lose yourself in the minutia of your business. Sometimes our days can be filled with heavy attention to detail, and it’s tough to see past that, to keep the bigger picture in mind.

Journaling can help you to step back and regain perspective on your original mission. It can help you to notice the progress you’ve made since you started the project.

You do not need to be a prolific writer to journal. This can be done in whatever form is best for you. Narrative, paragraph form can help you to put your thoughts on paper. Bullet points can be more succinct, and help you create a direct, actionable path to your goals.

Simply writing more down can help you maintain your sense of purpose for a longer duration.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth

3. Set Boundaries

It’s important to hang on to what’s important. As an entrepreneur, it’s far too easy to set your personal schedule aside. It’s too easy to look at a big project down the road and give up the things that matter.

What are you giving up by heading into the office at night or on the weekend? Whether it’s time with the family, watching the big game, or talking to a friend – make sure there’s time.

4. Pull the Plug

One of the best and worst things about the Internet is that anybody is accessible anywhere at any time. It’s up to you to know how much is too much. Leave your laptop in the office. Leave your phone on the nightstand.

One of my favorite things in the whole world is taking part in my toddler son’s imaginative games. After a day of work, it’s truly awesome seeing what’s on the mind of a 4-year-old. You can learn a lot about creativity and imagination simply by watching kids. This is so much easier when your head is not buried in your phone.

Some other simple actions include taking a 100 percent screen-free day, or deleting the Facebook app off your phone. Slowing down the flow of information can help you think more clearly and stay balanced.

“It’s okay to take a break from technology and get back to finding yourself. Sometimes it’s necessary.” – Patrick David

5. You Do You

In an age when everyone has an opinion, a strong sense of self is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. You won’t have to travel far on social media to find an opinion that differs from yours. Sometimes customers or clients will challenge you in every way that they can.

It’s important to keep your purpose in mind in everything you do. When the people around you are angry or upset, it’s important to realize their state of mind doesn’t have to become yours.

Burnout can be overwhelming, but it is beatable. Sometimes it means finding a new way to approach your skill set, like Richard Feynman had to do. Other times it may mean changing your daily schedule, or shifting your perspective.

What are you doing to recharge yourself after burnout? Leave your thoughts and experiences below!

Image courtesy of

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Andrea Torti

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Great tips, and not just for entrepreneurs!

    People find some time for themselves in the most unexpected way – some cook, others do martial arts, others love gardening…

    Personally speaking, I love reading, especially biographies and autobiographies – being immersed in someone else’s life lets you take a break from yours: and you can still learn something good!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


How To Build a Six Figure Content Platform



content platform
Image Credit: Unsplash

There’s never been a better time to get started on your entrepreneurial dream, and most can start a business or launch a platform in 24 hours or less. With virtually free distribution in our pockets, attracting and building an audience has never been easier. But with great freedom and unlimited options comes great responsibility: with all the choices available to you, which do you pick? Most people get stuck at this point, sliding into paralysis by analysis with endless options. (more…)

Continue Reading


18 Must Read Business Books for Emerging Entrepreneurs and Startups



business books

Reading is both relaxation and training for the mind. Who reads, dives into another world. Learning, entertaining and breaking out of everyday life for a short moment. One could go even so far as to say reading is the second most beautiful thing in the world! Whether it is non-fiction or a novel of all the world’s man has created, the book is the most powerful tool. That is also, why we wanted to find out which business book you should undertake in the new year. (more…)

Continue Reading


How to Become a Solopreneur and Lead an Independent Life




Solopreneur refers to an individual who sets up and runs a business on their own. Now, who doesn’t want to start their own business? I am pretty sure that most of you at some point in your life have thought about building your own dreams. (more…)

Continue Reading


What Entrepreneurs Need to Learn From the Fyre Festival Disaster



Fyre Festival 2017

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the infamous Fyre Festival. This 2017 music festival turned disaster/international laughing stock has re-entered the public eye due to documentaries released by both Netflix and Hulu that detailed precisely what went down. If you haven’t watched either doc, let’s just say it’s somehow much worse than we all initially thought. (more…)

Continue Reading