Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Surviving Burnout

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Surviving Burnout

Article excerpt

When stress starts to replace your old passion for work, make a change

". ..everything can be taken away from a person but one thing: the last of the human feedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. " - Victor Frankl

Back when I was 18, I desperately wanted to join the fast-paced working world in the big city. My first job? A receptionist for a Portland-based real estate management company. At the time, I had no idea that position would turn into a life-long career. Back then, I didn't know many people who actually chose to work in the real estate profession.

Don't get me wrong: learning the profession in the school of hard knocks was well worth it. I wouldn't give up my personal experiences and on-the-job training for anything. But, when I reached the finish line I never thought I'd say to myself, "OK, I'm here... Now will someone please push me off a high-rise?" Can you say "burn-out?" , burn baby burn.'

At that point, I figured had two choices: Door #1 - make the best of it and try to tweak things enough to keep me interested and fulfilled. Door #2 - choose a totally different path and switch careers. But after all the time and energy I spent in developing my business acumen, my niche and my expertise, did I really want to go through all of that again? Well gee - No! So, Door #1 it was.

What I needed was to be refreshed. What I wanted was the drive and passion I had way back when. Most of all, I didn't want to be a grump anymore. Door #1 contained the fabulous prize of figuring out how to turn this burn around on my own. With a little help from books, seminars, friends and colleagues, I've learned several things over the years: 1) everyone has "baggage" that shapes and molds their persona; 2) I have to alter my expectations and change the way I interact with different personality types; and 3) attitudes are contagious. …

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