In today’s professional landscape, a seldom-discussed dark side of success exists. One where the culmination of tireless efforts, be it securing funding for a startup, executing a successful merger, or assembling the optimal team, is followed by an unforeseen emotional and physical drain. This phenomenon, often overlooked, is aptly termed ‘success burnout‘.

While burnout frequently correlates with chronic stress, it’s crucial to understand that it can also materialize after significant successes. Our entire career as entrepreneurs, we’re told to prepare for the uphill journey. Yet we’re rarely prepared for the potential emptiness that can accompany summiting the peak.

For entrepreneurs typified as high achievers, the pattern is notably clear. There’s a relentless push towards an objective, followed by a lull once the objective is attained. When the exhilaration of achieving a goal subsides (usually quickly), a nagging question surfaces: ‘What’s next?‘ Such introspection, although natural, can sometimes lead to feelings of uncertainty. It’s important to understand that such sentiments are par for the course.

The first step in addressing success burnout is acknowledgment. The fatigue experienced is valid and should be embraced. Much like mountaineers are completely spent after an ascent to the top, entrepreneurs can feel similarly after climbing their own Everest.

After this acknowledgment, it’s beneficial to grant oneself a well-deserved break. While it’s not a universal remedy, sometimes, a brief respite – a vacation, sabbatical, or merely a day off – can be the key to centering oneself.

It is also crucial to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments. With their gaze fixed forward, visionaries often overlook the importance of pausing and appreciating their present successes. This recognition of the current success fuels motivation and serves as a reminder of one’s capabilities to set a goal and achieve it. Both are crucial for a visionary to keep going.

Engaging in introspective exercises during this period can be invaluable because it can help set the course for the next goal while appreciating what you’ve accomplished.

In conclusion, entrepreneurs should recognize that burnout, far from denoting inadequacy, is simply a testament to their efforts and dedication. It’s a reminder of our humanity amidst towering professional aspirations. Success, it’s important to remember, is an evolving journey, not a static destination. Together, we are better equipped to navigate its intricacies.

[Listen to the Podcast Episode: “Success Burnout”]