How do you define being "burnt out"?

How do you define being “burnt out”?
I found this fellow’s definition intriguing:

burning out isnโ€™t just about work load, itโ€™s about work load being greater than the motivation to do work

— Keith Yost
This sounds so very insidious.

3 thoughts on “How do you define being "burnt out"?”

  1. I think that definition is missing one key thing: namely, that burn-out is, IMHO, caused by an excess of work–it is a form of exhaustion.
    Laziness != burnout.

  2. Michael:
    Agreed.
    I had assumed a highly motivated individual here that wasn’t working more than 100hrs per week ๐Ÿ™‚

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