What are the consequences of pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion?

What are the consequences of pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion?

By Alex Melia

Phil had taken financial risks and had fallen into debt. But he was the man of the house and he had to find a way forward. He began working harder and harder. He found ways to keep pushing himself further in pursuit of success.

One night he was taking the night time drive home. It was 45 minutes along the motorway. He’d taken the trip countless times before but this time his eyes were feeling a little too heavy, he was afraid he might lose concentration. Then he opened his eyes and realised that he was speeding straight towards a lorry. He slammed his foot against the brakes.There was a cacophony of horns around him. 

How had he got to a stage where his lifestyle had brought him so close to disaster? And in what way would this experience shape his actions going forward?

Alex Melia and the Stories of Men team are on a mission to uncover what it means to live an independent and meaningful life. We'll be sharing this knowledge with you every week.

We’d like to extend our appreciation to today’s guest, Phil. His personal and frank revelations about how his previous mindset was shaped and how this has since evolved are of immense value. His reflections also provide a vital part of the puzzle as we try to piece together what it means to be a man in today’s world.

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