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Past Event

Burned Out? This Is The Way Out!

Is hustling and grinding to “do it all” doing you in? Are you feeling fried and frayed, with a short fuse, low energy, and troubled sleep? Can't remember what you used to enjoy? But quitting your job doesn't feel like an option, and who has the energy and time to learn new coping skills or plan an escape? You’re not alone. Burnout is the modern epidemic, with an estimated 82 percent of American employees at risk in 2024.

That's why the Club chose Cara Houser, who was a high-performing executive running major real estate development projects while raising two kids, to talk about real burnout solutions for real people. In her first career, Houser spent 20 years learning how to thrive in the 24/7, always-on real estate development business. Her teams produced more than 3,000 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating over $1.5 billion in value. Trying to be everything to everyone (except herself), she hit the wall and burned out, badly.

Houser has now spent years focusing on what can be done to help people in burnout. She constructed a practical and inspiring guidebook that works for people who are so burned out that they don't have the emotional, physical, or financial resilience to follow the usual Internet tips of "relax, learn yoga, go for a run, brainstorm your ideal job."

That's what makes her approach so refreshing and useful. It meets you where you are: with barely enough energy to get through the day and zero interest in adding more expensive "self-care" to your overflowing to-do list. Houser says her realistic, no-fluff roadmap guides you step by step out of burnout and into creating a vibrant, joyful, fulfilling life.

Did you know that one of the ingredients for healing from burnout is enlivening experiences and supportive connections? So come to the Club for an engaging, interactive program, followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing with Cara Houser. You’ll leave feeling energized, inspired, resourced, and ready to chart a new course that lights you up. The world needs your spark, and your time to shine is now.

MLF Organizer
Eric Siegel

A Personal Growth Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

Speaker photo courtesy the speaker.

June 17, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Cara Houser

Burnout Recovery Expert; Real Estate Development Executive; Author, Burned Out to Lit Up: Ditch the Grind and Reclaim Your Life

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Eric Siegel

Chair, Personal Growth Member-Led Forum, Commonwealth Club World Affairs—Moderator