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Are you burned out?


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I pledge allegiance to the grind, and to the exhaustion for which it stands. One professional, over worked, with burnout and frustration for all.”

A recent blog post entitled “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” got me thinking. How many are dissatisfied, not because of what they are doing, but because of how they are doing it?

You’ve probably heard about the doctor who is burned out after a decade in practice, who just wants to ‘do their own thing’. Can you blame them? Burnout is a result of ‘the grind’ without stopping to ask why your routine is so. Here are some ways we can step back, reevaluate, and regain some semblance of perspective.

1. Start at the beginning. What got you into reverse mortgage lending? Being a business owner, spouse, or partner? Think back and remember the ‘why’ when you first began.

2. Take a break.  Interrupt your routines and sketch out new ways of getting things done during the day. Perhaps it’s trying to work in spurts of 45 minutes followed by a 10-minute break. Or you could try to shift your hours.

3. Look at your downtime. How do you spend your time after work? Ask yourself if these activities are fulfilling or just empty time filled.

4. Give your time. Find where you can volunteer. Giving of yourself will not only give you some perspective but will also remind you just how valuable your time truly is.

5. Get a hobby. Rather than just watching tv each evening, find a new hobby that you can focus on. Passive activities do little to alleviate stress while positive engagement helps take the mind off your daily grind.

6. Forget inspiration. If we wait for inspiration we may never take action. As one Navy Seal said, “don’t count on motivation, count on discipline.”

7. Make goals. Don’t get bogged down in the smaller tasks. Write down your goals for the month, quarter, year, and even a five-year plan if you’re feeling ambitious.

8. Believe again. Refill your belief in the benefits of hard work by revisiting your hard-fought accomplishments. Relish in the fact that your hard work was more than just a daily grind, but a stepping stone to your success.


Editor in Chief:
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
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