Monday, January 12, 2009

What You Need is a Gap Year

Now there's a word for it: Gap Year

From the New York Times:

“I was pretty burned out after practicing medicine for 26 years,” said Dr. Sinar, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. “I needed a recharge.”

So he took a “gap year,” from July 2007 to June 2008, to explore things like stone masonry, antique restoration, archaeology and traditional Eastern medicine, in locations spanning from Alaska to Nepal to Romania. “I think everyone in his heart of hearts has some things they have always wanted to do but for one reason or other never does,” Dr. Sinar said.

The vast majority of my coaching is about this - the need for it, and the remedy for it. Not all of us take take a full year off to recharge. There are other ways to do it.

What a loss to live your entire life never having done "what you always wanted to do." In fact that's not living .. is it??

Are you burnt out (suffering from burn out)? Email me for coaching about the gap year, sdunn@susandunncc .

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1 comment:

Shane said...

A Gap Year work is also known as a career break that you can do whatever worth it thing that you think you want it to be. Some take it to travel solo or set it with a group of friends.