The Four-Burner Theory

November 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

On Sunday night,  David Sedaris read a memoir which (in part, there was a whole lot more to it) outlined the four-burner theory of success, as told to him by an Australian woman named Pat.

It goes like so:

Imagine your life is a four-burner stove. One burner is your family, one your health, another your job, the final one your friends.

In order to be successful (that’s the North American, Protestant work-ethic view of success, which has nothing to do with happiness), you need to turn off one burner. In order to be REALLY successful, you need to turn off two.

David Sedaris figures that, since he met his partner Hugh, he’s turned off the “friends” burner. (The piece he read was beautiful and hilarious and can be boiled down to: Without your family, how can you measure yourself and success?)

His partner, on the other hand, has switched off the work burner (hooray!)

Do you agree that it’s impossible to keep all four burners lit? Which would you switch off, or have you switched off?

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