“The truth is, the younger workforce has it right. And as they increase the demand for more meaningful work (even claiming they’ll take 32% less pay for the trade-off), burnout — specifically purpose-driven burnout — will continue to be a growing concern.”
Having worked in the media business for the majority of my adult life, I’ve only had a couple of jobs that didn’t somehow tap into my own personal interests. Sometimes I’ve considered that a blessing, but eventually, it’s almost always ended up feeling like a curse.
I burned out on poetry after several years working for Poets & Writers and The Academy of American Poets, while also running my own weekly reading series, and writing and performing my own poetry, too.
I’ve taken a couple of pay cuts over the years to be involved in something I was passionate about, a total sucker for the “mission-driven organization,” and often regretted it a year or two later, realizing I’d inadvertently created my own glass ceiling.
I’ve burned out on book publishing several times since my stint running the original Digital Book World more than a decade ago, returning to the B2B magazine world for a break, and more recently, library-adjacent. Every year I wonder if this is the year I’ve finally had enough and move on to another industry that pays more, and about which I care less — but is that even a realistic option anymore?
And now I’m writing about it all in a free newsletter I’ve had to take multiple breaks from over the past year…