Beating Burnout, Business Pivoting, Book Marketing and Heading to Vegas… Baby!

by Chris C. Ducker · 106 comments

cougar baitIt’s been 3-weeks since the last time I wrote a blog post, here on the site.

Warranted, there have been a couple of podcast episodes gone live – but, that process is completely automated – including the writing of the show notes and therefore needs zero input from me.

Just as well, too – as for the last few weeks I have been pretty much no good to anyone, when it comes to pretty much anything.

Reason? I hit burnout for the second time in my life – just like I did in late 2009.

It was life changing for me back then, and I actually believe it’ll be even more life changing for me this time around. I thought it might be useful to explain what happened, the lessons I learned these last few weeks, and how it’ll effect the way I continue to run and grow my businesses in the future.

What Happened?

At the beginning of December I noticed that I was becoming very tired in the middle of the day. It was as if it was bedtime at 3pm – something that obviously is not normally the case. I hadn’t been sleeping well for a couple of weeks, and I figured it was just that fact, catching up on me.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I woke up with the worst migraine headache I’ve had in years and years. I rarely suffer from them, so when they come along, I tend to notice. But, I’ve never woken up with one before. It lasted for 3-days. I could barely get out of bed it was so bad.

Then, a rash appeared on my neck. It didn’t spread or get any worse, but after a couple more days I knew something was wrong and I went to the doctor. He ran some blood tests, everything came back fine, but he started asking me a lot of questions about work, and lifestyle.

At that point, I knew what was coming. I’d been there before.

He told me that my immune system had taken a big dip, hence the problems with sleeping, the migraines and rash – and that I was suffering from acute stress. I had been doing too much. I was burned out. He gave me some medication and ordered me to take some time off work, and recoup.

Why Did it Happen?

Frankly speaking, I simply took on way too much this year.

I know a lot of you might be reading this and thinking to yourself “Hang on, Chris is supposed to have VA’s doing everything for him…!”, and it is true, I do have virtual (and physical) staff that handle a lot of things for me on a day to day basis – but, just like any other hardcore, hustlin’ entrepreneur, even I tend to load my plate too high sometimes.

In 2013 alone, I’ve done the following:

  • January – 2-week US trip, 2 speaking gigs, countless meetings. Launch of new co-working space.
  • February – 2-week Australia trip, 2 speaking gigs, countless meetings. Started writing my book.
  • March – Full on focused on writing my book. 2 client visits. 1 mastermind event.
  • April – 1-week Canada trip, 1 speaking gig, food poisoning!
  • May – 2-week UK trip, 1 speaking gig, 2 mastermind events, countless meetings.
  • June – 1st round of book edits. Company management event. 1 mastermind event.
  • July – 4-week US trip, 3 speaking gigs, 2 mastermind events, countless meetings.
  • August – Start developing ‘Branding Bootcamp’. 1 client visit.
  • September – 2nd round of book edits. 2 client visits. Started preparing for NMX presentation.
  • October – 1-week Thailand trip, 1 speaking gig, 1 mastermind event and several meetings. Earthquake.
  • November – Pre-launch ‘Branding Bootcamp’ and start finalizing. Final book edits and tweaks, beginning of book marketing plan. Typhoon.
  • December – NMX presentation, book marketing plan… and then – burnout!

Just typing that list out (which I’m sure isn’t complete!), I’m pooped all over again!

Not to mention the fact that I own and operate three different businesses (with over 250 employees combined). One of which, Virtual Staff Finder, went through a pretty radical business model pivot when we decided to stop sourcing for specialist VA’s, instead deciding to focus on what 76% of our clients wanted – the General VA role. This change might sound like a simple one, but, believe me it didn’t come without it’s headaches and problems to solve.

I have also been working like crazy with my launch manager on getting everything in place for the beginning of our book marketing plan for Virtual Freedom. You’ll start seeing a lot more about the book, and very regularly around the internet I might add, beginning January.

On top of all this I was blogging, podcasting and generally focused on content marketing and brand building all year, all the time.

All this has paid off… However, with the growing popularity of the blog and podcast, the sheer number of emails, tweets and FB messages that I now receive on a daily basis has ballooned well beyond what I ever thought it would – not that I’m complaining.

I’ve just had problems dealing with it all. There are already a number of processes and systems in place to handle the daily load (with more coming), however, the hustle of 2013 definitely caught up with me!

What suffered?

Everything. As always happens with burnout. Throughout November the amount of time I was spending in ‘down mode’ was virtually zero. I wasn’t hanging out with my family as much, having fun as much, or simply just switching off enough.

My sleep started to deteriorate, so did my yoga practice and general well-being…diet, etc.

Looking back, it was so obvious… but at the time you’re in ‘the moment’ and just working hard to get sh*t done. As was I.

How did I overcome it?

Simple. Rest.

To clear my mind and give my body (and mind) the best chance of recovery (as well as to make the most of my medication!), I checked into a nice hotel for 5-nights and did absolutely nothing except read, watch TV, have fun with my wife, get massages and enjoy plenty of ice cream!

I didn’t work on the Branding Bootcamp (who’s launch has now been postponed until February 1st), I didn’t write, spent zero time on social media and just 15-minutes a day replying to important email – everything else was put on hold. All my conference calls, podcast recordings, meetings and appointments were cancelled. Everything was cleared.

I drank 10-bottles of water a day, I swallowed melotonin supplements at night to get a solid 8-hours (which turned to 10-hours a couple of times!) and my wife would go home, juice plenty of fresh produce and brings bottles and bottles of fresh juice to the hotel every day for me – this raised my energy levels bigtime.

Now That I’m Recovering…

I’m now feeling a lot better – hence this blog post.

I’m still taking it easy, the rash has almost gone, and I’m started to sleep better again – without the supplemental help!

I’m also thinking very long and hard about how I am going to get back into things, with a renewed focus to being the most productive entrepreneur I can be in 2014, but not half-killing myself in the process – especially with the plans I have in place to help promote Virtual Freedom – which does include a certain amount of travel.

The last time I hit burnout in late 2009, I set myself a year-long goal of becoming a Virtual CEO, and broke that goal down into monthly goals, as well as reporting everything on my first blog, Virtual Business Lifestyle. I’m going to do something similar next year. And, I’ve decided to blog about it again.

Along with the release of my book in April, I have just one other ‘major’ goal for 2014 (which I’ll go into more detail on when the time is right) – and that’s the way it’s going to stay. I’m not going to do anything else.

Plus… I’ll be starting a monthly ‘Entrepreneurship Report’ at the end of January, that will highlight everything thats taken place throughout the month, and how I handled everything – all with the focus on productivity and profitability – but, without the migraines and rashes!!!

Creating these reports will keep me publicly accountable in regards to keeping things streamlined, and not making the same mistake I did this year – of simply trying to handle too much, all at once.

I’ll be focusing on less quantity – more quality – in EVERYTHING that I do in 2014.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Come Hang Out at #NMX in Vegas

I’m kicking off the year, once again, with the honor of speaking for the third time at our industry’s premier live event, New Media Expo, which is being held in Las Vegas, between January 4-6th, 2014.

Not only is the event being held in one of the coolest party places in the world, but I especially love NMX because of the fact that so many close friends attend. Once you couple that together with amazing parties, great live sessions and the ability to meet people you’ve never met in person before, but have known from being connected online, it has to be a must-attend event.

And for me, it is. Every year.

nmx 2013

The photo above was taken last year. As you can see it was a great turn-out and I always enjoy the crowd at this particular event.

However, on top of all of that fun stuff, the real reason why I’m so pumped to be going is because this year I have been invited to present one of just a few ‘Super Sessions’, which are kind of like mini keynotes – and I’ve decided to put together a brand new, never before seen or heard 45-min presentation which I’ve entitled ‘The Business of YOU!’.

I’ll be showing attendees exactly how they can utilize the power of content marketing to build an online brand and ultimately become the go-to influencer in their niche – with a focus on turning it all into a business. It’s gonna be great!

I had this video put together to help promo the session. Hope you enjoy it.

If you’re going to be at #NMX, I’d love it if you dropped by my session, of course – and if we’ve not met before, please come up and introduce yourself, I love meeting my online tribe members at live events – it’s what it’s all about.

Happy Holidays

True to my new form, I’m happy to announce…

This will be my last blog post for 2013.

I’m going to be taking the rest of the month off to have fun with my family and to prepare for Vegas.

In light of this, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas, and a spectacular New Year. Lets all work together on keeping each other accountable in 2014, to help make it the best year ever for us all.

What’d ya say…?!

Have you ever hit entrepreneurial burnout before? If so, how did you overcome it? If you haven’t, do you actively do something (or perhaps a collection of somethings) to avoid it from happening?

Lets discuss this important issue in the comments below. Thanks, everyone!

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Dan December 19, 2013 at 18:42

Lovely post Chris always great to hear the personal side of your business, looking forward to a great 2014…

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:40

Thanks, brotha. Appreciate it.

C

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Dan Hayes December 19, 2013 at 19:52

Man, Chris…glad you’re bouncing back, my friend! Burnout is a beast! Yes…I have been there and it has lasted much, much longer. It takes a lot of discipline to, A) Recognize the signs and actually GO TO A DOC, B) Not just do the “man thing” and say “No, not me…it can’t be” and C) Fight it back so quickly as you did. Way to go! It sounds like you have a solid plan for prevention, too! Maybe we can talk more about it over a drink in Vegas. Vanessa and I look forward to seeing you again!

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:40

Thanks, Dan.

I’m still fighting back, but it’s getting easier, hence the post. Appreciate the support, man.

See you in Vegas, you’ll get to meet Mrs. Quack, too! :-)

C

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Kerstin December 22, 2013 at 07:47

Hey, just to say guys, trust me that the “I must continue and no weakness shall be shown or experienced” mentality is very much a human thing in our society. As a woman I went through a terrible episode of workplace stress, which grew into a depression because I just wouldn’t stop. Somehow this has now set me off on the path of being my own little business, but the thing is – if we set no goals we forget when we’re doing well. For the next year, I will take some time to really focus on what I want to achieve in my work, and then set goals, and stop being distracted by everything.

Thanks for sharing, Chris. Brave thing to do.

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Chris C. Ducker December 27, 2013 at 20:09

Thanks for your lovely, thoughtful comment, Kerstin.

I appreciate our support more than you know. Thanks again for dropping by and commenting.

Stay tuned!

C

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Jill December 19, 2013 at 22:12

First things first, that was a stellar post and I’m happy to hear you’re getting back to your regular self…ice cream and hotel dates with the wife will do that ;)

Secondly, I was choke-laughing throughout that video! Too good!

Wishing the Ducker fam a very happy holidays :-)

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:39

Hi Jill

Thanks for the comment and glad you chuckled at the vid. It was fun putting that one together!

Appreciate the kind words of support – stay tuned, and see you guys soon.

C

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Jared Easley December 19, 2013 at 22:20

Even Bruce Lee needed rest from time to time!

Enter the entrepreneur! 2014 will be your best year yet.

I am looking forward to saying hello at NMX!

Jared

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:39

Indeed, the Little Dragon did need to switch off every now and then, you’re right! :-)

Thanks, man. And yes, see you in Vegas!

C

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Jozsef Kiss December 19, 2013 at 22:23

Chris,

You are going to kill it in 2014. The video was awesome, and I laughed a few times. Great stuff!

-Jozsef

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:38

Glad you enjoyed it, Jozsef.

Thanks for the support, and I hope you’re right. I want 2014 to be a great, yet slightly calmer year! :-)

C

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Jason Ulsrud December 19, 2013 at 22:28

LOL Chris. I have that same “Cougar Bait” T.

I’ve had you in my “Ear Buds” now through most of your podcasts, but this is my first time commenting on your site. And it only took a “Cougar Bait” t-shirt to get me to do it.

Anyway, great stuff brother and I look forward to your awesomeness in 2014. \m/

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Chris C. Ducker December 19, 2013 at 22:34

LOL. Thanks, Jason.

I love that shirt… and the cracking part about it all is that my WIFE actually gave it to me as a gift… :-)

Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated and glad to ‘meet’ you properly.

Stay tuned.

C

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Anthony Tran December 19, 2013 at 22:41

Wow Chris! I had no idea you had traveled so much… I would get burnt out too. All this time I had this perception that you had outsourced every aspect of your business and you could just sit back and relax. Love the video too! I was laughing histerically… and got my day started on the right foot. Looking forward to meeting you at NMX.

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Phyllis December 19, 2013 at 22:43

Thank goodness you figured it out and came back from the edge! In my world we call it Overwhelm. I’m looking forward to shaking your hand at Vegas. :-) We share some common Tribe members!

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Gareth Everson December 19, 2013 at 22:48

Chris – Merry Christmas and here’s to a great 2014 for you and your family. I enjoyed meeting you in February and look forwards to working with you and your businesses a whole lot more in 2014….. not to mention the small matter of the day when Amazon ships your book to me, which I’ve had on pre-order since you announced it :)

All the very best my friend. Get that relaxation in and go make those goals happen in 2014!

Best wishes,

Gareth

PS – those Hitler parodies are awesome, but my sides were aching at the mention of the Instagram video. Class.

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Jozsef Kiss December 19, 2013 at 22:55

Chris,

One more thing. The ‘obsession’ with being online and juggling other work and family can become overwhelming. That is what I am dealing with now. I am trying to figure out a balance. It’s not fun when your wife tells you that she can see you are ‘not there’ and always thinking of your online stuff. Shifting focus can be tough on a daily basis. I hope you will share ideas with me when we meet on how to separate work from family and from creating an all around tiredness that drags you down daily.

-Jozsef

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Nick Loper December 19, 2013 at 23:22

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Glad to hear you’re feeling better, and safe travels to Vegas — see you there!

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Tom Wilcoxen December 19, 2013 at 23:35

Great post Chris! Something I think a lot of us can relate to.

One suggestion I’d make: take a look at your diet. Nutrition is critical to high performance. Perhaps you should reach out to Dave Asprey at http://www.bulletproofexec.com. I’ve been on his diet since early September and have more energy than ever and better mental clarity and overall health. Perhaps you and Dave could feature one another on your podcasts — I suspect your audiences would overlap nicely.

Sounds like a great plan going forward, thanks so much for sharing!

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Rich Brooks December 19, 2013 at 23:52

Chris,

I read your post with great interest, as I’ve been feeling some of the entrepreneurial burnout this year as well. Like you, I want to focus on quality of quantity in 2014, and not take on my than I can do well.

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that I’M the guy w/the yellow shirt shirt nearly SMACK DAB in the middle of the photo of your presentation. It may look like I had nodded off, but in fact I was probably taking copious notes.

Probably.

In any case, see you at NMX soon my friend, happy holidays, safe travels, and…wait for it…HIGH FIVE, BRO!

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steve wyman December 19, 2013 at 23:58

Hey Chris

Glad to see you took action and stopped. wise move.

Yep ive had this happen both through life and work. Rash on my arms is a sure sign im under to much (self imposed often) stress. Sometimes you have to keep going others sleep is a great cure. Ive done 16 hours one “night” this week!

Have a great Christmas and awesome 2014.

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 01:42

Thanks, Steve.

Have a good Crimbo, matey.

C

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Antonio Centeno December 20, 2013 at 00:01

Timely post – I had to perform triage on my schedule earlier this month as the holidays snuck up on me. Unfortunately (for them) it meant saying no to projects people and projects that were non-essential. All good opportunities, but not Amazing opportunities or mission critical events. But having 5 VAs & specialist you helped me hire has allowed me to reduce the workweek from 80 to 45……..so no complaints when I look back!

See you in Vegas Chris!

Antonio

Are you going with a leather jacket or sports jacket this year :)

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 01:42

Hi Antonio

I might just surprise you a little this year! :-)

See you in Vegas, buddy.

Glad the VAs are working out so well.

C

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Christine Sage December 20, 2013 at 00:36

Great post Chris! So glad you are feeling better and taking the rest of the year off. And that video is hilarious!

I’m a new member of your tribe and hope to meet you at NMX!

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 01:41

Thanks, Christine. Glad you liked the promo :-)

Hope to see you in Vegas, then!!!

C

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Keith Webb December 20, 2013 at 01:31

Chris, thanks for sharing your experience and what you’ve done about it. I’ve also experienced much of what you described this past year.

For me, there was a spiritual component that played an important part of both the burn out and recovery. In all the busy-ness, I had lost my spiritual practices. And as those faded, so did my “directional compass” that develops and guides who I am as a person. I found myself doing all the work that isn’t my strength, daily draining me further. I experienced a general lack of fulfillment and motivation, even when things went great in my work.

The change for me was to re-ground myself in daily Christian spiritual practices. To get much more rest (as you highlighted), and to shift my working role to doing the things that match my core calling and giftedness.

I expect 2014 to be brighter for both of us with the changes we’ve made.

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 01:41

Thanks for commenting and sharing, too, Keith.

Would love to continue to hear how you do next year, please comment whenever you like, with a little update here and there.

Appreciated the support.

C

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John colley December 20, 2013 at 02:03

Herr Ducker

Tut Mir leid, aber I cann Deutsche sprechen, ire furhrer cann nicht englisch spechen. Er hat nicht
nach Vegas gefarhen.

Brilliant video

How can we keep the ducker mastermind group without you having to run
It. A collective admin of existing members. You are a very inspiring
CHAP. You know what I mean old boy :)
Have an exceptional Christmas. How can your community work with you?

So ist Der gin und tonic meiner herr?

Johann ;)

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:35

Hi John

Transferred it over to Jeff – he’ll run it, bud. Seems you guys wanted to continue with it.

Appreciate all the support, and note: I aint going anywhere, old chap – just focusing more! :-)

Hope to see you again in 2014, my friend.

C

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Amber Hurdle December 20, 2013 at 02:39

Chris, thank you for your transparency! I tell ALL of my clients about you and do you know who I coach? The YOUs of the world. Incredibly driven professionals who need to redefine success in order to kick ass at work AND in life. I can’t wait to share this post with them so they can see that even the great Chris Ducker, VA extraordinaire, has to self-check. We’re all human. Kudos for catching yourself. See you at #NMX!

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:36

Thanks, Amber. Your comment means a lot, based on what you do, etc.

Looking forward to meeting in Vegas.

C

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Anne December 20, 2013 at 02:42

Chris, thank you for sharing this insightful post. I think we all need help juggling the balance of mind, body, and spirit. Daily meditation, with a focus on the breath, have done wonders in my life lately.

Looking forward to meeting you at NMX and the workshop! -Anne

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:36

Appreciate that, Anne. Thanks for commenting, and yes – Vegas, baby!

See you soon.

C

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Zita Martel December 20, 2013 at 02:55

Thanks for sharing Chris!

It’s been great discovering you and I love your work. We’ve gone through some really really tough times over the past 2 years plus a cyclone and your posts always keeps me energised and positive about the future. I hope you’re now on the mend and wishing you a Happy Xmas Chris!

Zita

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:37

Awesome, Zita – I’m happy to know that my work has that effect on you. Thank you for all the support and interest.

Stay tuned, 2014 is gonna be great! :-)

C

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Vicky Lyashenko December 20, 2013 at 03:17

Woah Chris!

I’m so sorry you hit burnout but I’m so happy to hear how well you and your wife are taking care of you!

Thank you or sharing this post with us! My dad always said it is wiser to learn from other peoples mistakes than your own – so thank you for the opportunity to learn from what you’ve gone through.

Your hustle inspires me. Here’s to a strategic 2014 with no burnouts! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:38

Thanks for the words of kudos, Vicky.

Stay tuned – plenty more hustle happenin’. Just more focused, thats all.

C

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ilias diamantis December 20, 2013 at 04:05

Hi Chris .

Glad you are recovering from your burnout .

I can feel you , since the last few weeks I am operating in the red . Unfortunately , I can’t cancel any clients , so I decided to cut all the unnecessary physical action ( workout , walking etc ) and go to bed as early as I can , so that I won’t kill myself . Hopefully , I will survive until Christmas and then get all the rest I need .

Happy holidays , from the bottom of my heart I wish all the best for you and your family .

You are an amazing human being and I am very fortunate that I have met you .

And until next time …

Be healthy and smile . :)

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:39

Thank you, my friend. Sincerely.

I appreciate your support. Don’t give up on that physical activity for too long – our bodies need it more than we know!

Be happy.

C

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Quinn December 20, 2013 at 05:21

Formidable Share Chris!

Really appreciate your openness.

Really hope you have a great break with family and very much looking forward to NMX!

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:39

Awesome, buddy.

See you in vegas!

C

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Igor Donkov December 20, 2013 at 06:34

Hey Chris, interesting post, enjoyed reading it. I wish you to get well soon, the burnout is a nasty thing, I have experienced it myself. I think if you are a perfectionist, I know I am at many occasions, especially work, this can easily push us over the edge.

It is also important to say “NO” more often, something I am still learning. As Steve Jobs said it: “Keeping focus is about saying NO.”

Anyway, all best in the coming year, to you and your readers!

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:39

Appreciate the comment, Igor and yes – ‘No’ is already the word of the week here!!! :-)

Thanks for the support and insight.

C

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Alex December 20, 2013 at 07:36

I’ve been there with internet marketing before. It’s tough to get through, but I am very happy to see you’re getting through it. It certainly isn’t easy to get over burnout, but I know it can be done. Good luck! :)

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:40

Thanks, Alex.

Appreciate the motivating words.

C

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Dan Norris December 20, 2013 at 08:31

Hey man sorry to hear this but I’m glad you are out the other side. All the best for 2014, I’m really keen on seeing the monthly reports. I don’t really do a good job of managing this stuff myself and we have similar plans for 2014 to ease the load a bit.

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:40

Yep, Dan… it’s a tough decision as it’s against our entrepreneurial nature, but it is what it is…

Stay tuned, and chat soon, mate.

C

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Paul Donovan December 20, 2013 at 09:18

Glad you are back to almost normal Chris. That schedule looks like mine, in terms of business, but compressed into three month cycles. My only escape is the 3+ months I spend in the Philippines in the summer and now I’ve started a new break with 2 months in the Philippines in the winter (I’m in Bicol now). We all have to realize that we are only human and there are only 24 hours in a day, and 7-8 of those hours we are supposed to be sleeping. Merry Christmas Chris and family and to all your followers.

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Chris C. Ducker December 20, 2013 at 12:41

Thanks, Paul.

So, your PI based for a while. Good stuff. Enjoy your stay and try and avoid any earthquakes if possible!!! :-)

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

C

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Rick Resch December 20, 2013 at 13:07

Hope you get well quick. Maybe you need to take more mini vacations during the year to rest like what Tim Ferriss mentioned in “The 4 Hour Workweek.” You need time to rejuvenate your mind and body so you are not overwhelmed all the time constantly. You take care of yourself and I wish you well because there is only one you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:19

Thanks, Rick.

Appreciate the support and insights, and yes, the 4HWW is one of those books that will get you thinking about the whole retirement thing…. whether it be mini, or long-term!!! :-)

Thanks for another year of appreciation for my stuff.

C

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Robb Gorringe December 20, 2013 at 16:22

Chris,

I’ve been following you pretty close the last few months, as a new listener/subscriber, and I had no idea. I’m sure it was a difficult decision to post this as well. But maybe not. Because you’ve always come across to me as someone who presents himself in a very real way. And that reaches people.

I know this, that what you shared is definitely going to make us, (fellow entrepreneurs) think twice about our own life, health, and overall happiness. (…I know it’s making me think about mine.)

LOVE THE VIDEO TOO! (Wish I could make it to #NMX. Next year for sure). Thanks for being authentic & real. Don’t ever change that! ;-)

Robb

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:18

Hi Robb

Being ‘real’ is what you need to do today in order to be different, and stand out. There are a lot of ‘fake’ people online, and I am certainly not trying to be one of those.

That post is all real, and all Chris. Thats the way I intend to continue blogging, etc.

I appreciated your support in 2013, mate, and look forward to conversing with you more next year and hopefully meeting face to face, too!

Stay tuned. More to come – but, without the stress! :-)

C

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Robb Gorringe December 25, 2013 at 11:19

Chris,

Apologies on the late reply. I had to order a new laptop, because my son accidentally spilled juice on my macbook pro. (Ahhh!!) Needless to say, it totally bit the dust.

But thanks too for the VA Swipe-File. It’s great stuff. I’m seeing more & more that I’m going to have to start thinking in that direction very soon.

2014… It’s going to be a great year for http://www.chrisducker.com! And I too, am looking forward to connecting & meeting soon! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your family!!

Robb

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Chris C. Ducker December 27, 2013 at 20:06

Thanks, Robb. Means a lot to have your support for everything that I’m putting out.

Here’s to a rockin’ year ahead!!!

Cheers to you and yours.

C

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Robb Gorringe January 17, 2014 at 11:29

Thx Chris!

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Michael Turner December 20, 2013 at 17:30

Spinning all those plates is tricky at any level. Thanks for the insight and have a speedy recovery – I’m sure you’ll bounce back stronger and wiser.

Bl***y brilliant video too!!

All the best,
Michael

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:16

Glad you liked the video, Michael – it was fun to put it together for sure.

Appreciate the kind words and the support.

Stay tuned!

C

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Tung Tran December 20, 2013 at 19:21

I’m burning out as well… Too many things to work on and I can focus on anything :(

Luckily I just figured out a solution & things are getting better :D

I start taking sleep supplement today. I’ll try my best to overcome this & will write a detailed post later.

The best thing I can do at the moment is to turn off the computer and rest :D

Happy holiday Chris :D

Tung

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:16

Dude, Tung… You’re waaaaaaaaaay too young to burnout, man!!!

Start taking it much easier, young man! :-)

See you in 2014, sometime… somewhere, I hope. Keep workin’ hard.

C

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Tung Tran December 27, 2013 at 23:13

Haha you’re right. I shouldn’t

I started taking multi vitamin and melatonin a week ago.

Now I feel like superman hehe

I’m ready for 2014 now and I will definitely see you in Q1 :p

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Chris C. Ducker December 28, 2013 at 00:01

Good stuff.

I look forward to that, bud.

C

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Rob Cubbon December 20, 2013 at 22:40

Sorry to hear about your spot of bother and nice to know you’re on the mend. Keep on with yoga practice as I think it helps to look after your body and mind. :) All the best to you and your family in 2014.

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:15

Appreciate the support, Rob.

It was great seeing you at the Mastermind in May – hoping to do more of those smaller live events in 2014. So, stay tuned!!!

Keep rockin’ – you’re doing splendidly.

C

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Robb Gorringe December 28, 2013 at 11:10

Thanks Chris!!

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Nik Parks December 21, 2013 at 11:47

Thanks for being honest and transparent, Chris! Phew, that was a pretty overwhelming list of 2013. I definitely can’t blame ya’!

It’s posts like this that make your brand so personal though :) I love it!

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Chris C. Ducker December 21, 2013 at 21:14

Thanks, Nik. That’s exactly why I write and post ‘em.

Thanks for the support this past year – see you in 2014…!

C

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Natalie Sisson December 23, 2013 at 07:56

Hey Chris. Having gone through this more mildly but still feeling the effects during my own book launch I am glad you’ve recognised it and dealt with it and have plans in place to stop it from occurring again especially during your book launch next year.

You deserve all the success in the world, and I know you hustle like the best of us but life is more important than all of this work put together and you’re already running 3 successful businesses so time to take the foot of the pedal and only focus on what’s important. You, your family and your book.

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Chris C. Ducker December 27, 2013 at 20:08

Hi Nat

Thanks for the support, sweetie. Yes, next year is an important one and I can’t afford for any major health issues thats for sure.

I couldn’t agree more with your comments, believe me. It was awesome getting to know you so much better this year – here’s to a rockin’ 2014.

See you soon.

C

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Dale Mercer December 23, 2013 at 13:41

Hi Chris,

I was a little sad and touched to hear you had another through another burnout. Like all entrepreneurs, I have had those times too; lesson ‘hopefully’ learnt the first time. Unfortunately it was during a time where I couldn’t afford it as little money was coming in.

Make sure you get rest so once again you can have ‘my earbuds’ for more inspiring podcasts. I love the interviews and hope I can be on of your subject one day.

Have fun in vegas and don’t have too much ‘makers mark’, you’ll regret it later:-)

All the best mate,
Dale

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Chris C. Ducker December 27, 2013 at 20:07

Hi Dale

No need to be sad, my man. Sh*t happens – all that matters now is how I continue to deal with it, and trust me – it ain’t gonna happen again anytime soon, thats for sure.

Podcasts are lined-up right into the end of January and beyond, so stay tuned, buddy! :-)

Thanks for the support – means a lot.

C

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Ben December 26, 2013 at 09:23

Like others, I’m also appreciating your honesty so keep it coming, Chris – and remember to breathe. Yoga helps me a lot. Especially on days when I tell myself I don’t have time to do it!

My kids also help a lot because they remind me (with their blank, innocent, quickly disinterested faces) that the things I obsess over are complete alien nonsense to most of humanity.

Us entrepreneurs lose perspective sometimes – in fact I’d say its a given. Maybe even a necessary evil. Creating an antidote to perspective loss is essential for health, happiness and, ultimately, staying in the game. Hmmm, maybe I should blog about that…

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Chris C. Ducker December 27, 2013 at 20:05

Thanks, Ben – much appreciated.

Kids are always a massive reality check, you’re right and I’m lucky to have three amazing children that are what I’m all about at my core.

I really enjoyed your comment, bud – looking forward to more.

Thanks again.

C

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Kerwin December 28, 2013 at 03:13

I hear you Chris. I think my schedule was very similar to yours in 2013, plus two added somber family events.
I’ve learned that you have to take care of the temple first and then the rest will be fine.
Good luck with getting it sorted.

See you in Las Vegas.

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Chris C. Ducker December 28, 2013 at 21:36

Thanks, buddy – looking forward to seeing you again.

Safe travels and I appreciate the support. Slowing down aint a bad idea – he says, as he plans his first trip of the year for January 2nd!!!! :-)

C

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Adam Stanecki December 29, 2013 at 07:29

Hey Chris,

Glad you’re back on track.

I had exactly the same thing happen this year.
My fix: sell my business and start something new. And rest!
I’m re-energised, more focused, happier.
Best of all I have more energy to spend with my family.

Happy holidays, Adam.

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Chris C. Ducker January 1, 2014 at 19:12

Yep – selling a business is one way of ridding the stress, right!!!?

Thanks for the concern and the support, Adam.

Look forward to chatting and hopefully meeting in 2014.

All the best,

C

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Jan Koch December 30, 2013 at 19:51

Hey Chris,
so happy to hear that you’re doing better now :-)

The idea with public reports to hold yourself accountable is is really good. I wonder if you’re implementing routines that will help you prevent taking too much on the plate in 2014? Prevention is better than curation…

My 2013 was pretty cluttered with projects as I was starting out in online business and learning a lot – well, I still am. For 2014 I planned to tackle only one big project per quarter, so that I’ve got 3 months time to build a project before I let something new distract me.

We’ll see how that goes ;-)

All the best wishes for 2014, I’m really looking forward to it!
Jan

P.S.: Unfortunately I can’t attend NMX, but I’ll be at WDS 2014, will you be there too?

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Chris C. Ducker January 1, 2014 at 19:11

Hi Jan

yes, I’ll be at WDS and will be doing a cool Virtual Freedom party, too – so see you there.

Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for the support.

I like your ‘by the quarter’ style, it’s fairly close to how I am handling the year with my goals, too – more details on that at the end of January, with my first monthly report.

Stay tuned, buddy – more to come!

C

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Dylan Loh December 31, 2013 at 11:31

Thanks for this post Chris and for putting into perspective in the entrepreneurial journey. Often times, we focus so much on the business, we fail to take care of our health. But health is all we have.

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Chris C. Ducker January 1, 2014 at 19:05

Amen to that, brotha.

Big changes on that side of things coming in 2014.

Cheers!

C

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Moe December 31, 2013 at 13:17

I can’t help but think, whats the point of it all? Is it to make more money? Is it to gain more fame and status? Is it a competition against other authorities in the industry? or is it just being caught up in it all? Whats the ultimate goal?

For a while i thought about building up in the MMO industry. The biggest problem i find in this industry that you and guys like Pat Flynn are in, is it seems like a constant game of treading water to keep you head above. You bust your hump for a year to develop trainings, products, and content which most of will be obsolete in a couple of years. It’s just the nature of the business.

No matter how much great content you create, you can’t stop making it or your brand will fall off.

Anyway i enjoyed reading this post, It takes a lot of guts to open yourself up like that and show the world your weaknesses and that its not just a sit back and rake in money do nothing biz.

It really confirmed in my mind the decision to move as far away as possible from MMO(make money online) & Income topics.

Good luck on finding your balance

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Chris C. Ducker January 1, 2014 at 19:05

Thanks for the comment, Moe. Glad you enjoyed the post and mirror a lot of your comments, actually – which is one of the main reasons why the landscape is changing a lot.

The MMO niche is not one that I class myself as being ‘in’, anyway… so that helps! :-)

C

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Ross McCay January 3, 2014 at 07:25

Moe,

What Chris and others like him do isn’t for everyone. I am pretty sure its work he enjoys doing 95% or more of the time. Especially since he is his own boss and can take time off when he gets burned out. Not counting the countless people he has helped like myself.

Keep up the good work Chris.

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Chris C. Ducker January 9, 2014 at 15:13

Thanks, Ross. You’re a rockstar – great comment.

Appreciate the kudos – stay tuned, my man.

C

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Christian Mathieu January 3, 2014 at 16:22

Perhaps it’s time to consider leaving the word “virtual” out of your branding. I thought the whole point of the mission was to work LESS, yet you’re dropping from exhaustion from that schedule. I applaud your honesty about it, but yet you say you’re off to Vegas. Slow down! Been following your podcasts for awhile and enjoy them but seriously — use all those assistants for yourself. Nothing’s worth burning out over. I personally think it opens a whole other conversation about the concept of “4 hour weeks”, “virtual” anything, “work less”, “lifestyle business” — all of it. Time for us to admit it doesn’t exist and accept that success takes not 4 hours a week but 44 (plus another 10) and adjust accordingly. Take care of yourself and your family. It’s a short run we’re on!

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trader_rick@yahoo.com January 6, 2014 at 15:07

Christian and Moe -true about the lifestyle/virtual/4HWW jazz. It’s time all of us who are trying to make money online step back and realize that just because a few people (MAYBE) pulled it off, it’s not the norm or even really possible. I’m sure if you asked Tim Ferris, Seth Godin or even niche “MMO” guys like Pat Flynn the last time they worked 4 hours a week, they’d say around … never. You can’t dial in, neglect or even ‘outsource’ your work and expect to do well. Even if it’s branded “lifestyle”, “virtual” or any of those tags – these big guns are working around the clock. Just because their PRODUCT is the IDEA of working less doesn’t mean THEY are working less. Probably just the opposite.

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Chris C. Ducker January 9, 2014 at 15:12

Hi Christian

Great points, man – and you’ll see me discussing this more and more as the year goes by, I promise!

Stay tuned, and please feel free to always chime in with feedback – love it!

C

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Ann Bevans January 3, 2014 at 22:02

Nice post, Chris. Sometimes we have to crash to realize that we’ve been living at an unsustainable pace. I hope you are able to find more balance so this doesn’t happen to you again in 2017!

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Chris C. Ducker January 9, 2014 at 15:11

Balance is gonna be my middle name this coming year.

It would be great if I could add Satisfied, Rich, Calm, Happy, Sexy and Rich (yes, I know I’ve mentioned it twice!) to that, too! LOL

Thanks for the comment.

C

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vijesh January 10, 2014 at 01:22

Nice and informative post Chris, I think I have lot of things to learn yet…
I have just stepped into entrepreneurship and I have to work hard to let it live.
Happy New Year…

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Chris C. Ducker January 13, 2014 at 16:09

Thanks, Vijesh. Appreciate your interest and good luck on your own entrepreneurial journey.

Stay tuned.

C

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Chris January 15, 2014 at 19:53

Chris, when you do what you love most, you may not be conscious that you wear yourself out. I’m not sure what the right dose should be.
I personally think that you should do what you love most, and do it a lot, but things like decent recent, proper diet, and few relationships are key. These alone will not let you slide downward like you did!

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Chris C. Ducker January 17, 2014 at 04:29

Boom! Great comment, Chris. And you’re bang-on, bud.

Believe me – I learn from my lessons and although this year will be a busy one, it’ll be a waaaaaaaay less complex, stressful one. That’s for sure.

Appreciate your support and comment, buddy.

C

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sohail January 16, 2014 at 19:00

You are going to nail it in 2014

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Chris C. Ducker January 17, 2014 at 04:31

Thanks, Sohail.

I appreciate your vote of confidence. Stay tuned! :-)

C

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Alan Glasby January 18, 2014 at 06:44

Chris,

Any Advice I have would be totally patronising. I can only imagine the building storm of information you receive, let alone any business pressures. Just know you have my support. Sincerely, All the very best.

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Chris C. Ducker January 21, 2014 at 11:37

Thank you, Alan.

Appreciate your kind words of support, buddy.

C

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Stan Eigi January 20, 2014 at 14:54

Sadly true that workaholics get burned out because of their passion. But that’s a perfect sign that a person truly cares for what he/she’s doing. And I also like your intent of working on quality and not quantity. It’s a right track for doing a really good business. Thanks for sharing this.

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Chris C. Ducker January 21, 2014 at 11:35

No problems, Stan – glad you resonated with the post so well.

Appreciate the feedback.

C

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Debi January 25, 2014 at 21:28

Hey Chris,
As someone who just got her butt kicked by burnout, this post really resonated with me. I’m so glad to hear you caught it and are back on track! This is my first day back after 9 days down. I’ll admit, reading this helped me lay off beating myself up for it. Thank you so much for always being so open and for having the courage (and caring enough for other entrepreneurs!) to write this post. I think I’m going to follow your lead and write one of my own.

We love what we do so much that it doesn’t feel like work, and maybe it puts us at an even higher risk of burnout because we tend to not notice while we’re burning the candle at both ends that the ends have turned into a bonfire!

Thanks again for sharing. Best of luck with your book launch. Can’t wait to read it. You’re totally going to rock 2014 ;)

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Chris C. Ducker January 27, 2014 at 14:43

So great that you resonated so closely with this, Debi.

I hope you’re feeling better after your own battle with burnout.

Appreciate the comment and insights, and the ind words of encouragement for the book, too – will be an exciting year!

All the best – and stay tuned.

C

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Jedha February 21, 2014 at 06:20

Loved the podcast with Natalie Sisson and just stopped by to read the post. Burn out is so common and yet doesn’t get talked about enough. Since I work in nutrition and health, that podcast has inspired some great ideas for me to work on and I intend to try to get out there and talk about this more myself. Thanks for being honest and transparent, none of us are super heroes, though we do try :)

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Chris C. Ducker February 21, 2014 at 12:08

Yep – burnout is something that rarely gets talked about, which is way I did it myself.

Glad that you got some cool ideas…

C

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