Warning: Being Passionate about Work May Be a Hazard
As a young investment broker, there were three pieces of advice given to me that I’ve never forgotten.
- Lose the beard.
- A good soldier knows when to rest.
- Find your true passion outside of your job.
Well, the beard is long gone. But the mustache is non-negotiable.
This soldier has always had to work at knowing when to stop.
And if you’re like me, that line between “living to work” and “working to live” is often blurred for us typical business owners.
GETTING WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS A JUGGLING ACT
You may disagree with me, but I actually don’t think “balance” is achievable for entrepreneurs like ourselves.
Our normal is just not the same normal as somebody who punches someone else’s clock.
Without a doubt, love doing what pays the bills and puts food on the table, if at all possible. There’s nothing worse than spending your days doing work that sucks the life out of you instead of invigorates and challenges you.
On the other hand, it’s so darn easy to drift into the “passing lane” where you’re movin’ fast, adrenaline is pumping, you’re closing deals, makin’ it all happen.
And you find yourself going to sleep just so you can get up to slay the dragon all over again.
… but don’t expect to find fulfillment through the biz.
Instead, use work as a way to fund your passions… spending time with the family, traveling, taking flying lessons, whatever.
An amazing professional life is intensified by an even more incredible personal life.
This kind of balance will keep you sharp, content, and sane.
The old saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” rings true here, too – diversify your interests.
A successful biz is a wonderful thing…
…but it’s not the only thing to chase in life.
Seize the day!