Episode 105 - Burnout Breakthrough with Brian Lee Shields

Unpolished MBA

Feb 9 2024 • 1 hr 1 min

In the episode we welcome Brian Lee Shields, an acquisition entrepreneur and advisor with a remarkable journey through the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Brian shared his firsthand experiences with burnout, the pivotal moments of his career, and his dedicated efforts to help others navigate the stresses of business leadership.

Some Topics Discussed Include:

  1. Brian Lee Shields' Background - How his experiences at Morehouse College and in the competitive world of investment banking shaped his approach to business and personal development.
  2. The Path to Burnout - Brian discusses the signs of burnout he encountered during his entrepreneurial journey, the impact on his personal and professional life, and the crucial decision to take a sabbatical for recovery.
  3. Recovery and Reflection - Insights into Brian's year-long journey of healing, including the strategies he used to rebuild his mental and physical health.
  4. Supporting Others - The creation of a retreat for black men in leadership roles to address burnout before it becomes debilitating, highlighting the importance of community, vulnerability, and self-care.
  5. Advice for Entrepreneurs - Brian offers practical advice for business leaders on recognizing burnout, prioritizing wellness, and implementing routines that support long-term success and well-being.

Key Moments:

  • 00:02:30 - Brian's background and journey into entrepreneurship.
  • 00:15:45 - The turning point: Recognizing burnout and taking action.
  • 00:28:00 - Insights into the Half Time Retreat and its mission.
  • 00:40:25 - Practical advice for entrepreneurs on balancing work and wellness.
  • 00:55:40 - The importance of community, mentorship, and setting boundaries.


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