21st Century Burn Out

Speed and ambition have fueled the corporate environment for years, especially during the past decade.
The lottery mindset of the dot.com years inspired many energy and technological advances. At the same time, that mentality looked to cash in the short term — provoking arrogance, burnout and disappointment.
So, this generation, more so than the ones before it, is confronted with questions of value in life. Men and women are burned out and pulled in too many directions.
It is not surprising that an epidemic of good people, who are not slackers but hard-working, are stuck in their careers with no where to go, said Dave Jewitt, who heads Your One Degree, which operates out of his Broken Arrow home and on the Web at www.YourOneDegree.com.
“These are not lazy guys. They are not un-motivated people — just the opposite — they are the highly motivated people, high caliber guys who want to make a difference,” Jewitt said. “But, they get stuck. They do not know how to get to where they feel they ought to be.”
These people who are “stuck” have failed to understand what abilities drive them, Jewitt said.
“I have learned that people only have a handful of things that energizes them — things they can do for long periods of time without tiring.”
Once they figure that out, the easier it is to leverage a career, and a success rate, he said.
“A person’s staying power grows a lot bigger. Once they find what they love to do, they never work a day in their life,” Jewitt said.
The key is finding that favorite something, spend a lot of time at it and discover a way to use it to make a living.
Jewitt worked in the aerospace industry for 25 years and understands what many people, who are frustrated from being in a dead-end job or live with a nagging sense that they have the talent and skills to make a real impact on others.
“Many people have run their course in their careers. They do not know how to direct that energy, and in many cases they do not know how to make a living at what it is that really drives them,” he said.
Many in the business world, while successful, are not satisfied and know there is more to life that adding to the company bottom line, he said.
For many, they are “second-halfers,” people over 40 who want to re-launch in another direction.
Since people are living so much longer today — the saying goes if a person makes it to 40 they will live to their 80s — people have plenty of time to accomplish what they really want in life.
“A second-halfer is someone who wants to see what they need to be doing for the rest of their lives,” Jewitt said.
Jewitt, who during his aerospace career made it a point to mentor people around him, launched Your One Degree three years ago. During a luncheon at the Summit Club, a group of businessmen met to discuss his future. They all had been touched by his life and decided he needed to go into coaching full time.
Today, Jewitt acts as a guide for 200 people, focusing on how to zero in on the one thing they can do to have the biggest impact on others.
“We provide material for them to work through. We listen to what is going on in their lives and the decisions/situations they are facing,” Jewitt said. “We coach them through the material to a clear conclusion.”
The process, which is free, takes from one to six months to complete, Jewitt said.
“I take anyone. I meet them once, then we continue to meet based on how they do,” he said.
As long as people perform the assignments, Jewitt makes himself available to them.
“I only want to work with people who want help,” he said. “But, I do not see myself as an at-large counselor.”
Jewitt is currently a one-man operation, but that is changing.
“We have started growing, and this April began training 10 coaches,” he said.
The goal is to prepare enough coaches to launch 10,000 “impact second-halfers” by 2020.
“Either you understand what is there (inside you) and learn how to leverage it, or continue to live in the land of wishful thinking,” he said. ?

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