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How to take a break from your ambition

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Being ambitious is nearly synonymous with a perpetual state of stress and busyness. But even the most ambitious go-getter may need to hit pause every now and then. After all, it’s the highest achievers who are sometimes most prone to burnout: About one in five “highly engaged” workers in the U.S. report feeling high levels of burnout, according to a recent study conducted by Yale researchers, while a Gallup study found that nearly a quarter of employees feel burned out “often or always.” A break can also be necessary to fulfill new ambitions—perhaps you’re looking to make a career change or transition into a new role that requires a different skillset.

In these moments, stepping back to reevaluate your career—or happiness—might require a shift, albeit a temporary one, in your ambition. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when you need to take a break from your ambition, forced or otherwise:

Pulling back from work doesn’t have to mean disengaging entirely. Burnout can often be the byproduct of focusing too hard on one thing or feeling like you are falling short of your own expectations. If you need to take a breather, one way to channel your ambition might be to grow your career in other ways—through networking or participating on a panel, for example—or shifting your attention to personal growth, whether that means making time to exercise or tackling a new........

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