82: Dealing With And Preventing Business Owner Burnout

We have a special guest today who is going to be talking about business owner burnout: how do we recognize the signs, how to prevent it, and what strategies we can use to deal with it if, and when it occurs. Our guest today is Michael D. Leavitt . Michael is the founder and chief burnout officer of the Breakfast Leadership Network, which is a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consultant firm.


  • As business owners, especially when starting out, we often find ourselves juggling multiple roles, from bookkeeper to janitor to CEO and everything in between. This can consume a lot of time, and if we neglect self-care, monitor our energy levels, and ensure sufficient rest, it can eventually catch up to us. Balancing these responsibilities while prioritizing our well-being is crucial to sustainably building a successful business.
  • Effective delegation is vital for business owners. By entrusting routine tasks and responsibilities to skilled workers or team members, owners can focus on strategic decision-making, client relationships, and leadership. Embracing delegation maximizes productivity and leadership impact, leading to greater overall success for the business and vital time for yourself. 
  • If the numbers on your screen are literally moving around, it’s a sign that you need to shut the laptop down and take a break. The work you’re doing in that state won’t be productive or beneficial. Is the toll on your health and well-being worth it? While striving for business success is essential, it should not come at the expense of your health and happiness. 
  • Good nutrition is key for sustained focus and alertness at work. A balanced diet supports brain function, concentration, and mental clarity, leading to improved productivity and overall well-being. Staying hydrated is also essential for cognitive function and preventing fatigue. Prioritize nutrition for optimal work performance.

‘I was guilty of not being good at delegation because I was afraid I’d burnout my employees’
‘The damage we do today gets piled on top of the damage we do tomorrow and the next day’
‘If the things that normally interest you are not interesting anymore, that’s a good warning sign’
‘In an 8 hour day the actual productivity of a worker is 4 hours’

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Books: Burnout Proof: https://amzn.to/37prw48
369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios: https://amzn.to/38Zd807
Burnout: How You Entered The Path To Burnout: https://amzn.to/2GQWFyZ
SpeakerHub: https://speakerhub.com/speaker/michael-levitt?b=s

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Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.

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