It`s "pretense," and that`s a fundamental concept. We can pretend to ourselves just as we can pretend to the outside world. To pretend means to simulate reality. The simulation can be for a real and productive purpose, as when we try to figure out best and worst case scenarios. But it can also be delusional, or for the purpose of avoiding reality.
What better way to offer practical and real advice to people than to have experienced both the way it works AND the way it fails? Is being burnt out on a business a result of being disillusioned? No, I don`t think so.
There`s a reason we fail in things. It`s as important to know what will not work, as to know what will work. A funny line I heard once was, "Isn`t it odd how you always find what you`re looking for in the last place you look?" :-D
It was a confusion of the original, "...in the last place you`d expect to find it." But the confusion was instructive. Of course you`ll find it in the last place you looked, because having found it, there`s no further necessity to look for what was missing.
On the other hand, "expectation" is also a fundamental concept. Too many people believe they`ll find happiness where they "expect" to find it. That`s fine, but what if they repeatedly fail? What if they do NOT find happiness where they expect it to be? Instead of focusing on the repeating failure, the failures are designed to get those people re-thinking their expectations.
Burnout is most often a result of falling into a rut...habitual repetition. It`s a result of having unachievable goals, and continually failing at everyday tasks, without often succeeding. Network administrators fall victim to burnout quickly because no matter how brilliant they are, the network always and repeatedly fails due to its complexity.
"Doctah...doctah...it hoits when I do dis!"
"Vell, den don` do dat!" :-)
If you don`t like what you`re doing on a daily basis, stop doing it. In many cases, the "it" is the expectation--the goal of reaching a final place that no longer changes. But all things in life change!
For the network admin who believes they`ll have accomplished their work when the network no longer fails, they`ll end up burnt out. But for the admin who`s expectation is to stay abreast of network failures, and get the system back into smooth condition in a timely fashion, they include the expectation of ongoing problems.
What you expect will determine your happiness, your frustrations, your burnout point, and many other emotional aspects of life. The important thing, as people have said throughout history, is to "keep your chin up," keep your sense of humor, and remember that the worst that can happen is you die. :-)