This is a line (in)famously stated to the fictional Jason Bourne in The Bourne Supremacy by one of his handlers. He takes this to heart and uses it as a mantra to himself several times throughout the series of Bourne’s exploits. Of course, Jason Bourne is a fictional character in a series of books by Robert Ludlum. However, as with most characters in books and movies they can say things that are so obvious yet so apropos. This is the case here. Rest is a weapon. Using rest wisely is a skill most people take many years to master.

To me, someone who can plan for effective rest breaks are better as employees and as employers. Whether they are short 5 to 10 minute re-charging moments or whether they are extended breaks over multiple days or weeks. Those that can plan their downtime with a passion similar to the way they plan their work time are often very effective and successful at both.

What can we learn from a fictional character?

Well, a lot. Because in this case, as in so many other fictional mutterings, it’s true.
Rest is Your Secret Weapon.

  • How often have you been tired and made a mistake?
  • Have you ever been at work and just wanted to take a nap?
  • Has anyone ever told you … TOLD YOU… to take a rest?

Rest is for losers

Some people might imply that rest is for the weak. I think not. I think people that are always going 100 miles per hour and burning the candle at both ends are the ones that are more likely to burn out. Sure, they might get a lot done along the way and that is commendable, but at what cost to their families, friends and their personal health.

Rest is a weapon. Use it!

You are here <insert current location>

It’s the end of the Summer. Have you taken your rest break yet? There is still time. You can escape to the the hills for some end of the season camping, swimming, fishing or whatever it is you do to relax.

Remember, Rest is a Weapon. By taking breaks you are taking care of yourself. Which makes you imminently more employable and enjoyable to be around. I think people that know how to take breaks and plan for downtime are a good thing for current and potential employers. It shows them that you have a life and that you aren’t afraid to live it.

To be your best … You need your rest.

What are you waiting for? Go! Go Now!


Jeff  is a veteran in the Enterprise Content Management industry. Over the past 20 years he has worked with customers and partners to design, develop and deploy solutions around the world. Jeff is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances at Winshuttle. He has worked for Microsoft, FileNet (IBM), K2, Captaris, Open Text, Kofax and Kodak. He speaks and blogs about ECM and the Intersection between Social, Mobile and Cloud Computing.