Max Frenzel (Tokyo) and John Fitch (Austin) have both spent time working in software startups where many are worshiping the “busyness” mantras that are so pervasive in our current working culture. Max got his Ph.D. in Quantum Physics and has been an AI researcher. John is an entrepreneur and business coach. 

At breaking points in both of their careers, they realized that many of today’s commonly held beliefs around work aren’t useful, but destructive. As a result, they decided to be more intentional and deliberate with their approaches to work and time off. Their quality of work and life have improved ever since, and they now want to share that transformation with others. 

Aside from improving your quality of life, John and Max (who have both had experience with building AI applications) will also give a glimpse of why time off and creativity will be a crucial component to the future of human work.

Time Off & Finding Your Rest Ethic are Critical to Success

New book, Time Off, looks at how modern society is burning us out, and offers solutions to help us all prioritize our “rest ethic”. 


What do Aristotle, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Lebron James all have in common? Time off in the most creative and nourishing way! 

Amidst a culture that worships “busyness”, millennials John Fitch and Max Frenzel want us to unlearn workaholism by learning “noble leisure” of the past and developing a quality #RestEthic.

The AI researcher (Max) and entrepreneur (John) have collaborated to share the history of how we value time and work, show us that a little time off will go a lot further than we may think, and that it doesn’t have to be a vacation or even a full day. 

Science supports that time off (whether that be walking on your lunch break or saying no to drinks with friends to work on a passion project) is a critical factor for anyone who wants to achieve a fulfilling life, both personally and professionally. Time Off is intended for knowledge workers, creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders who feel overwhelmed, giving them the knowledge and tools to hone the essential skill of taking time off work before it’s too late.


  • In 2021, workplace burnout will hit epidemic proportions. What does that mean for business in general; how can leaders combat this now, and how can we start to change this “busyness” mindset? 
  • For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, it is important to talk about the importance of single-tasking and taking proper time off. 
  • The World Health Organization recognizes burnout as an “occupational phenomenon (not a medical condition).
  • The productivity paradox is that even though we have huge advances in technology, we don’t see the same advances in productivity.
  • The “Protestant Work Ethic” was intended to keep people out of trouble, but over the centuries wormed its way deep into our psyche and made us confuse working hard with morality, decreasing our creativity and pushing us into depression.
  • Solid tips to improve your Rest Ethic that can be small actions you implement into your daily routine. 
  • How to start prioritizing and celebrating noble leisure as they did in the days of Aristotle
  • Currently, we give into a culture of hustle and constant connectivity. This mindset makes it easy to feel productive and experience a quick sense of accomplishment without getting much done at all.
  • In the future, AI will automate more and more of the routine/busywork. The skills that will become increasingly valuable for humans are creativity and empathy, and they require plenty of quality time off.


  • May – Mental Health Awareness Month 
  • June – Summer vacay starts (What if you can’t travel because of COVID; possible solutions for rest)
  • June 2 – Leave the Office Early Day
  • July 5 – Workaholics Day
  • September 7 – Labor Day
  • October 4-8 – Austin Startup Week