Fatigue is a much better teacher than the autopilot

Using the autopilot on a long plane ride will get you to your destination with less pilot fatigue (that’s a good thing). However, I think fatigue in business is not only needed, it’s mandatory.

If you have never worked so long on finding a solution to a problem that you have forgotten what real sleep feels like…if you have never worked on a vexing challenge that took every part of your brain and the very thought of trying to cram anything else into your grey matter would certainly leave it in a permanently congealed state…if you have never tasted what it feels like to get past the dip that most people don’t dare cross…you will. Because if what you are working on right now is worth it, it’s worth the fatigue.

Fatigue is not the enemy. It makes us stretch and reach beyond what we thought we could do. It leaves us hungry for more. And maybe most importantly, fatigue forces us into a humble and teachable state. So don’t fight fatigue, lean into it and make it work for you. Resist the urge to create autopilots where hard work will not only get the job done in more profound way, but will leave you a better person for it.

Happy Monday all!


5 Responses

  1. “fatigue forces us into a humble and teachable state”

    There’s the money quote!

    I’ve never seen something break pride and stubbornness quite as fast as fatigue.

  2. Ivan,

    Thanks for stopping by and adding your 2 cents!

  3. My money quote = “Resist the urge to create autopilots . . . ”

    And, The Dip is most certainly a must-read. It’s probably affected more of my own business, and life, decisions in recent years than any other.

    On the physical side, muscles won’t grow until they are fatigued (in fact, until the fibers tear). There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

  4. Brett,

    It’s good to hear from you! I like the muscle analogy, very thought provoking.

  5. […] Fatigue is a much better teacher than autopilot. Too often we strive for coasting, when it’s actually the worst thing we can do.  […]

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