Burned-out worker seeks mo­ti­va­tion

Los Angeles Times - - THE GUIDE - Dear Amy: Send ques­tions toAmy Dick­in­son by email to askamy@tri­bune.com.

I am a 52-yearold ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant who is burned out. I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for not hav­ing a ca­reer area I find­in­ter­est­ing. Re­turn­ing to col­lege study­ing busi­ness did not go well and I had to drop out. Ca­reer coun­sel­ing has not­worked.

I am lost about what I should do. I would love to find a mean­ing­ful so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion that I alone have got­ten my­self into.

Lost andCon­fused

Dear Lost: You are not your job. You are the sum of ev­ery­thing in your life.

Some­times, if you feel stuck or burned out, it helps to look out­side your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and make a de­lib­er­ate ef­fort to look for in­spi­ra­tion.

If you can do this, it should lead to an in­crease in your en­ergy and self-es­teem. Group ex­er­cise classes, teach­ing chil­dren and per­form­ing mu­sic do it forme— vol­un­teer­ing at a lo­cal food bank and at­tend­ing gallery nights or other cul­tural happenings might do it for you.

You might find in­spi­ra­tion by scrolling through some TED talks— in­spir­ing short lec­tures con­ducted by in­no­va­tors, sci­en­tists, and cre­ative thinkers. One I think might ap­peal to you is “The Puz­zle of Mo­ti­va­tion” byDanPink. You can browse through lec­tures at TED.com.

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