Is It Possible To Be Ultra-Successful and Have Balance?
Have you read or heard people talking about having work-life balance? I have and I’m not sure I buy the concept. In my experience it is the proverbial situation in which you can’t eat your cake and have it too. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t witnessed a lot of ultra-successful people who have a lot of balance; professional athletes come to mind.
We make sacrifices every day we get up and go to work. We decide that paying bills and providing for our family is worth leaving them for 8-10 hours. We give up that time in order to get ahead.
But when I look at CEOs, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, etc. I don’t see a lot of balance. I see a group of people that work hard to achieve their goals and sacrifice a lot of personal time in order to do so. Typical entrepreneurs are not taking 3-4 vacations per year, but they are working a lot of nights and weekends totaling 70 hour weeks.
I wonder if the sacrifice is worth it. At the end of life I have to believe that they wish they had spent more family time. Or maybe I’m wrong, maybe they do not regret all of the personal time sacrifices.
I don’t know.
The one thing I do know is that if anyone wants to achieve a goal, tremendous sacrifice will be required.