What Jon Stewart Can Teach Us About Knowing When To Quit

02/12/2015 12:34 pm ET | Updated Feb 12, 2015

"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the show later this year after a 15-year run. And while the news shocked many of his dedicated fans, he believes the decision is the right move for him and his career. In light of this conversation, stress management expert Paula Davis-Laack joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss the potential reasoning behind Stewart's decision and how we can all learn from his sense of self-awareness.

"He's doing what's best for him," said Davis-Laack. "A lot of it is listening to your gut ... One of the big reasons I've identified why a lot of people tend to consider leaving their jobs is they feel burned out. They're just suffering from this chronic exhaustion and cynicism, and they, for whatever reason, need to try something new. And that involves really knowing who you are."

To hear more about the thoughts behind Stewart's decision to leave "The Daily Show," watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

  • He always tears down Fox News over its horrible coverage
    Heroic Jon Stewart took a few moments here to completely rip apart every aspect of Fox News' lies about the shooting of Michael Brown.
    And it was absolutely incredible.
  • He's really good at pointing out when people are playing fast-and-loose with the US constitution
    There comes a time when the only thing standing between the world and the total bastardisation of constitutional rights is Jon Stewart.
    His no-nonsense approach to putting things right will be sorely missed.
  • He's never been afraid to add a touch of humanity to what he does
    A shaken and struggling Stewart made this excellent nine-minute address to his viewers after the terrorist attacks on New York in September 2001, holding back tears but still managing to give the audience a chuckle.
  • And he's got a brilliant way with words
    After the Grand Jury failed to indict the policeman who killed Eric Garner, Jon issued this statement, saying: "If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f**king time."
    You can watch his full segment on this case here.
  • He's not afraid to dig up the past to illustrate his point
    In this piece, Stewart takes on tired metaphors, ISIS, and George W. Bush with 'Now That's What I Call Being Completely F**king Wrong About Iraq'.
  • He always knows exactly what to say
    Jon Stewart responded to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in the best possible way.
  • He satirises the media as well as the government
    With the ongoing debate about the legalisation of marijuana in the US, Stewart absolutely ruined the mainstream media's hypocritical criminalisation and ridiculous view of the drug.
  • And let's not forget, he birthed some of the world's greatest comedic talent
    Steve Carell, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and many more.
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