Sure… #CrushIt. Then get some rest.

Carl Richards is a Certified Financial Planner™ and creator of the Sketch Guy column, appearing weekly in The New York Times since 2010.  The following article is reproduced with permission from his weekly newsletter and his website can be found here.

Greetings, Carl here.

If you really want to crush it, you need to rest.

Seems obvious, but for me, it’s a very painful lesson I am still trying to learn.

You know the gig: up at five in the morning, daily workouts, paleo, bulletproof, gluten-free, cold showers.

Check, check, check.

Build a business, start a side hustle, and dominate social media. Yeah, all that too.

It feels like we live in the “Crush It Age.” Every time you turn around, somebody is crushing something. Working faster. Trying harder. Getting smarter. Putting in longer hours. Sleeping less.

Sheesh… no wonder we’re so tired!

Now listen, I’m all for hard work. That’s not my problem, and I don’t think it’s your problem either.

The point I’m trying to make here is that you can only work hard without rest for so long before you end up a broken human.

Trust me, I know.

But it’s not just me telling you, this is settled doctrine at this point.

It’s much better to “work hard, rest, work hard, rest” than to “work hard, work hard, work hard, crash.”


P.S. As always, if you want to use this week’s sketch, you can buy it here.