The 12 Stages of the Burnout Cycle – Chinese Translation: Stage 01

I was recently browsing through the new book, The Art of Community, written by Linux guru Jono Bacon (which is incidentally available as a free PDF download), when I noticed a section discussing ‘burnout’.

Burnout
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Burnout is something that I am sure everyone is familiar with – whether you’re studying at university or working it’s easy to focus too much on the task at hand and neglect other areas of your life. The book mentioned the ’12 Stage Burnout Cycle’ and referenced an 2006 article from the Scientific American publication. This seemed like a great opportunity to translate something that everyone can related too, and something that can be broken up into easy to understand chunks. So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting the stages from the burnout cycle along with a Chinese translation and key vocab. First let’s look at the definition of ‘burnout’ so we have an idea of the subject matter:

Burnout refers to long-term exhaustion that typically causes lack of interest and focus. Burnout appears as a series of often subtle changes in personality, perspective, values, and behavior in the sufferer.

Definition of ‘burnout’ taken from The Art of Community.

The original article isn’t online anymore, but you can still find some blogs, Mike’s Rants and Miriam Ruiz being two of then, that have posted the main points from the article, and that is what I’ll be using for this series of posts. So let’s get on with it, the first stage of the burnout cycle –

Stage 1 – A compulsion to prove oneself

The beginning is often excessive ambition: their desire to prove themselves at work turns into grim determination and compulsion. They must show their colleagues – and above all themselves – that they are doing an excellent job in every way.

Vocabulary

Here’s the vocabulary you’ll need to know to read the Chinese translation of the first stage of the first stage of the burnout cycle.

表現(表现)

Pinyin: biǎo xiàn
English: performance (at a task e.g work);

能力(能力)

Pinyin: néng lì
English: ability; capability

過度(过度)

Pinyin: guò dù
English: excessive; excess

志向(志向)

Pinyin: zhì xiàng
English: ambition; aspirations

希望(希望)

Pinyin: xī wàng
English: to hope; a hope

變成(变成)

Pinyin: biàn chéng
English: to turn into; to become

強烈(强烈)

Pinyin: qiáng liè
English: intense

決心(决心)

Pinyin: jué xīn
English: determination

慾望(欲望)

Pinyin: yù wàng
English: desire;

必須(必须)

Pinyin: bì xū
English: must; compulsory

證明(证明)

Pinyin: zhèng míng
English: to prove

完美(完美)

Pinyin: wán měi
English: perfect; perfection

Translation

Traditional
一,表現自己能力的慾望
一開始常常是過度的志向:在工作希望能表現自己的能力變成強烈的決心與慾望。他們必須對同事,尤其是自己,證明他們的工作是最完美的。

Simplified
一,表现自己能力的欲望

在一开始常常是过度的志向:在工作希望能表现自己的能力变成强烈的决心与欲望。他们必须对同事,尤其是自己,证明他们的工作是最完美的。

Pinyin
yī, biǎoxiàn zìjǐ nénglì de yùwàng
zài yī kāishǐ chángcháng shì guòdù de zhìxiàng: zài gōngzuò xīwàng néng biǎoxiàn zìjǐ de nénglì biànchéng qiángliè de juéxīn yŭ yùwàng. tāmen bìxū duì tóngshì, yóuqíshì zìjǐ, zhèngmíng tāmen de gōngzuò shì zuì wánměi de.

English
1, A compulsion to prove oneself,
The beginning is often excessive ambition: their desire to prove themselves at work turns into grim determination and compulsion. They must show their colleagues – and above all themselves – that they are doing an excellent job in every way.

So there we have it, the problem arises from excessive ambition – which isn’t a bad thing by itself. if you’re reading and studying this blog then you certainly fall into that category 🙂

Make sure to check back for stage 2 in a few days!

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