'Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live' by: Tony Schwartz
‘Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live’ by: Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz – President & CEO of TheEnergyProject.com, Author of, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live

If you have listened to the show for any length of time, you probably know about the origins of Smart People Podcast.  Jon and I had been in the corporate world for about 5 years and knew it was time for a change.  Not just because we were bored, but because we were physically, emotionally and spiritually drained.  As eager, young professionals we had inadvertently burned ourselves out too early in our careers and we knew we needed to regroup – so we traveled across the country and let our creativity run wild. Three years later, this podcast is not only thriving, but it provides the creative output that keeps Jon and I amped up each week.  Why did I decide to tell that story? Because the lesson we learned the hard way is the topic of this week’s episode.

Plain and simple, everyone needs to slow down now and again and recharge our battery, lest risk the potential for burnout.  Today, more so than any time in history, people are being pushed to do more work, faster, better, and cheaper.  It’s the model of our entire society, and it’s creating a workforce of tired, resentful, unmotivated individuals.  I’m in no way going to sit here and tell you that you shouldn’t work hard; on the contrary, we are advocating that you work hard, but work balanced. Make sure you unwind, regroup, and let go of stress on a daily basis. By doing this, you’ll be more productive than you ever imagined.  But don’t take my word for it, take the man who has taken this message global.

Tony Schwartz is the CEO and founder of The Energy Project, which helps companies fuel sustainable high performance by better meeting the needs of their employees. Tony’s most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages. Recently, Tony launched a weekly column for the New York Times titled “Life@Work.” Tony is a frequent contributor to numerous publications including the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the Harvard Business Review, and for three years, he wrote the most popular blog on HBR.org.

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