Avatar actress Zoe recently opened up about her emotional break-down after the success of the mega-film. She says that the year after Avatar was “emotionally over-whelming” for her. There were days where she could not stop the flow of tears and she could barely stay awake, saying that her body just “collapsed” .

“I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year, I just collapsed,” she told Latina magazine. “I was… siting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month. It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting “Colombiana,” to pick myself up.”

Reading this made me think. We’re always to told to strive for the best, we’re encouraged to be successful which is great but is there such a thing as too much success?

Success brings its own problems with higher stakes. How do you deal with the emotional pressure and strain that must bring let alone the physical strain? Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying don’t strive for the best, but what is the point if you don’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labour?

We live in a society that is always telling us we need to “get there” but when we do “get there” (wherever that is for you) it seems as if we’re left to crash and burn. I mean statistics from Stressrules Therapy Organisation show that stress, depression and anxiety’ are the second most commonly reported work related illnesses.

Maybe it’s about time we rethought our priorities, maybe consider putting our physical and emotional wellbeing back on the top of that list.

What do you think? Is there such a thing as too much success? Are we working too hard and forgetting about the important things in life?

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