How I Work Hard Without Burning Out

Darius Foroux
Stoic Letter
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5 min readMay 4, 2018


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Do you ever feel that the demands of your job are too much? If so, that’s not a surprise. Modern-day life demands much of us as human beings.

That has been the case for decades. And often, those high demands result in burnout. Researchers have studied the phenomenon of burnout from the 70s. The results? It’s not good.

Research shows that high levels of burnout is associated with the following issues:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Sleep disturbance.
  • Memory impairment.
  • Neck pain.

And there’s more. Burnout increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
And there’s even more. But I think you get the point.

So it’s safe to say that working hard has a price. Personally, I’m very well aware of these risks. I’ve experienced stress because of high job demands in the past.

It doesn’t matter whether your manager has high demands, or whether you have high demands of yourself.

Both result in the same thing: You can’t deal with the daily demands, and that’s what will exhaust you.

How do you prevent that? Unfortunately, that answer is not straightforward. Scientific research only investigates cause and effect.

We know that high job demands increase the risk of burnout. But how can you keep up with the high demands of modern day work, and not burnout?

I’ve found that there’s not a single answer to that question. No one can say: Do XYZ and you will never burnout.

It’s much better to know yourself, know your job, and understand one thing: Hard work is great, but not at all cost.

I can’t give you a blueprint. But what I can do is to share with you how I personally prevent burning out.

Over the last 3 years, I’ve been working 6 or 7 days a week. I’ve worked hard. But I’ve also managed to stay sane (most of the time). Here’s how I did it.

1. Love What You Do

Let’s get the cliché out of the way first. Work is a lot easier when you enjoy it. We all know what. But did you know that you can also learn to…



Darius Foroux
Stoic Letter

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