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03/12/2014 04:39 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2014

The Intervention That Saved Me From A Life Of Burnout

Theresa Merrill knew she was devoting too much time to work when she got a dose of reality from her daughter.

Merrill's work schedule as a consultant in clinical research meant she was always traveling, and she didn't feel she was seeing her daughter enough, she told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. So when the opportunity arose to work at home, she took it -- without realizing it would mean she'd be working for 12 to 15 hours every day.

"My daughter came to me and said, 'You're here but you're not here, and I prefer that you get a job where you're gone so that when you're here I can at least interact with you,'" Merrill said.

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