What Carlos Hidalgo Learned From Getting Burned Out and Separating From His Wife

What Carlos Hidalgo Learned From Getting Burned Out and Separating From His Wife


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My guest for Episode #114 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Carlos Hidalgo, an author, International & TEDx Speaker, marketer, consultant, coach, and advisor.

Carlos is a co-host of The Life Design Podcast (with his wife Susanne) and is the author of the book Book: The UnAmerican Dream: Finding Personal and Professional Happiness Establishing Work-Life Boundaries.

In today's episode, Carlos shares his “favorite mistake” story about getting off track and burned out, professionally and personally, by putting his identity and purpose into his profession.

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • My mention of a previous episode #31 Greg Jacobson – cohabitating with your spouse
  • What happens when business doesn’t go well? 
  • 2015: came to a head, was burned out… relationship struggles, then separation
  • Hustle culture… can be problematic (“garbage”)
  • LinkedIn – “it’s OK to not have a work/life balance
  • What do you mean by “Designing Your Life”? Podcast?
  • Allowing life to just happen? Or designing it?

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"And then I see people buying into this ["hustle culture"] garbage, I've got to work 95 hours a week in order to succeed... my relationships are getting the leftovers and they're pretty bad leftovers at that."
"When Adams coined the term, 'the American dream' in 1931, he actually talked about the opportunity that should be afforded to everyone to pursue a dream. And as a father, as a son of an immigrant, my father came over from Cuba in 1960, that really struck a chord with me."

"I had lost the passion for my business — was burned out emotionally, mentally, physically, also relationally, my wife and I were like roommates."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.