The expression “work/life balance” can be seen more often nowadays, just like “burn out” or “lifestyle design”. But is “work/life balance” really something we should strive for?
Today I read an article on LinkedIn, written by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, with the title: “The 4 Hours I Need 16 Times a Year to Run my Businesses” (I am not sure in how far Gary chose the title in reference to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller “The 4 Hour Workweek“*, I am sure they know each other).
The only thing I don’t agree with in this article is the expression “work/life balance” at the end. To me at least, it implies that if there’s no balance between work and life than there’s a trade-off that has to be accepted and that shifting the focus more towards the one side always comes at the expense of the other. Many of us know that there’s indeed a trade off between the two.
That’s sad and, in an ideal world, that shouldn’t be the case. It reminds me too much of the ‘rat race’, also an expression of our (modern entrepreneurial) days. In an ideal world one will go to ‘work’ (either as an employee or as his/her own boss) and won’t feel like ‘working’, no matter if it is 4 hours or 40 hours or maybe even 80 hours (ask Elon Musk).
As Confucius said:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Of course, life isn’t always ideal and many of us indeed ‘just go to work’ because they are not engaged in a ‘labor of love’, as Napoleon Hill called it. To me, tying to create ‘my own thing’ is so much more than work and 110% fulfilling. It doesn’t feel like work, even if it means putting in many hours, especially in the beginning. Together with my two good friends Flow and Duke we have put several hours into the creation of WordPress plugins, especially for our article rating plugin (Purple Heart Rating Plugin). But as Barbara Corcoran, one for the judges at Shark Tank said:
“An entrepreneur is someone who is willing to work 80 hours per week in order to avoid working 40 hours per week” 😉
So: thanks for the article, Gary, and for inspiring this article of mine. I hope it’ll help someone… 🙂
What is your opinion about work/life balance? Do you think it is necessary to aim for it? Let me know in the comments below, or by rating the article through the rating plugin below and by using the feedback window that will open afterwards!
Regards from Greece,
aka ‘Marketing Buddy’
The author, David, is in charge for marketing at WP-Buddy, a small innovative enterprise that specializes in the development of WordPress plugins and themes. All the tools of WP-Buddy are 100% focused on making your own online endeavors a success. Find out more about your WP Buddy Team.
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picture credit ‘Work Life Balance’: flickr user mohit_k
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