Fergal Keane writes: "In the longer term, you burn out your best people; productivity declines." True, of course, of those individuals. But there are, it seems, more born every minute, and if after 15 years' exertion they break down, they can simply be dismantled for useful parts like kidneys, scrapped and replaced with graduates fresh off the production line. Enough! There are only three reasons to be workaholic: 1) the good of society as a whole (eg a doctor); 2) you genuinely enjoy your work for its own sake (eg a craftsman); 3) what you do is necessary and only you can do it (eg a genuine expert in a difficult, useful subject such as physics). But flogging insurance (or whatever) is a lower-order activity and not worth the effort.
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