Boredom is the Brain’s Way of Telling You That You Are Not Living Up to Your Potential

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Most are bored at work.

But boredom is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a wake up call to do something else.

Boredom on the job is your brain’s way of telling you that “you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing in life”.

Your brain loves creativity.

It craves to solve problems.

It’s hard wired to be challenged.

When you are not being creative, solving problems or being challenged, the brain lets you know by sending you the boredom signal.

In two studies on boredom (Creativity Research Center: and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology: it was determined that being bored is a brain trigger intended to nudge you into doing something creative and challenging.

If you were lucky enough to spend time picking the brains of self-made millionaires, especially the entrepreneurs, as i did, you’d find out that, as a group, they just don’t get bored. They are constantly moving and thinking and planning and pivoting. They’re too busy overcoming obstacles, too busy coming up with creative solutions and too busy doing what they like or love to do.

If you’re bored, it’s because you’re not doing what you were intended to do in life, which is to be creative, solve problems pursue challenging goals, to overcome obstacles and to push the envelope as much as you can.

When you’re not living up to your potential, your brain lets you know – with a yawn.


1 Comment

  1. Nicholas Harper on December 7, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    This piece makes plenty of sense. If you’re busy being productive you can’t simultaneously be bored.