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Find some passion outside of work life

WE LOSE our health to make money; then lose that money to restore our health. While worrying about future, we forget to live.

Work-life balance has long been touted as the silver bullet for any business person out there that needs to spend less time at the office, and more time at home with the kids. It is a simple concept, and over the years, I have seen motivational speakers earn a healthy living by telling people to 'just take more time out for yourself'.

One speaker spoke about 'Me Days', where you should only work four days a week, and have one day for playing golf, and taking the kids to school. Laughable, I thought.

Then, there was the '4 Hour Work Week Book'. Cool, I got some of the concepts in that.

So, is the work-life balance easy to achieve. No.

Is it possible to achieve. Yes, with dedication and effort.

And, instead of a work-life balance, why don't we call it 'Have more fun out of the office', or similar.

The way to do it is to find a focus for your energies that is not work related.

I have always been "lucky" and have been successful without making work the only thing in my life. A nearly 20-year marriage, property investing, book authoring and ironman triathlon are not only interests, but passions that I focus a lot of energy on. And love it. And what I use to stay happy and energetic.

Generally, my observation of business people is that the happiest of them have amazing passions they focus on outside of their work environment that keeps them grounded and generally happy. There is a message in that.

A work-life balance is about having something outside work to focus some energy and attention on, so that you don't live to work, you actually work to live. Whether it is solely your family, or whether it is the tennis club or a philanthropic cause, find something that allows your mind to be engaged outside the office. It will change your life, as the intrinsic reward from achieving stuff outside of the work space is extremely fulfilling. You never know, your passion might even become your work one day.

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