Burnout is a very real problem in the agency world -- and in marketing in general. Yes, it can happen due to long hours and high stress levels. That's the case in any industry. But at marketing agencies in particular, rejection is a part of the game -- rejection by potential clients, rejection of ideas by existing clients, rejection even by your own colleagues. Even if you're very good at your job and win more than you lose, it can be tough to take. Couple that with the occasional sneaking suspicion that you might be no more than a soulless corporate shill, and the job can get you down. The highs are high. But the lows can be quite low.
It's easy to let yourself get caught in a spiral of negativity; the end result of which is that you end up hating your job or, in the very least, not liking it as much as you should or could. And that's no way -- no way at all -- to live.
But if you're not quite ready to quit your job, give society the middle finger, and go live in a cabin in the woods, there's good news: Your happiness in your job is potentially more in your control than you might think. In this article, we'll discuss some ways to enjoy your job -- and your career -- more. Please add your own ideas in the comments.
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