Who am I if not...?

Rose Eveleth captures what I hear from a lot of my friends and clients, about a moment when she hit a level of burnout that required her to stop working for a while: “So when I couldn’t work—and I really mean physically could not, trust me, I tried—I panicked. What am I if not a person who works four jobs at once? Who am I if not the hardest working person you know? What then?????” The bad news is that when this question shows up, it hurts, and there are no shortcuts to answering it. The good news: once you answer it, you’ll realize you’ve been waiting to answer it for a long, long time.