This was me a workaholic …..
Workaholism is a family disease often passed down from parent to child. Workaholics use work to cope with emotional discomfort and feelings of inadequacy. They get adrenaline highs from work binges and then crash from exhaustion, resulting in periods of irritability, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
A trait I quickly developed at an early age. My need for approval from adults made me a great employee!! At the age of 19, I had proven to my store manager at a retail store that I deserved to be the customer service manager; I oversaw the customer service associates, cashiers, and fitting room associates. I did all my hiring, training, and firing. During slow times, I managed about 30 employees; during the holiday season, 50 to 60. I had keys to the store and was the closing manager every Saturday. I loved the feeling of doing something right and people respecting me and looking up to me. This feeling of satisfaction from making someone happy without strings attached drove me to become a workaholic and became my new way to get that sense of belonging and approval. While this became an issue, I eventually needed to work on and balance, it’s also been a blessing now that I own my businesses.
If this rings true to you, please realize there is a chance that something is driving your need to be a workaholic, maybe it’s not the same thing that made me, but perhaps there is something there you have chose to ignore. Don’t let the only words on your headstone be workaholic.
Saved by His grace,