I recently read a book on self-development from a popular author. While I enjoyed parts of the book overall, I was discouraged by the tone and message. This "success" book turned out to largely be about making more money, and doing it by working 60 hours a week.
But, if you spend all of your life working, are you actually living it?
Sure, I'd love to make more money as much as the next person, but I also think a balance must be struck. I'm not sure working myself to burnout is the answer I'm searching for.
Enjoy the Good Stuff
Is there a better way? I believe so. Yes, you should work extremely hard at work that you find fulfilling. Buckle down, remove distractions, focus on the important deep work (preferably early in the day), and make time for your top work priorities.
But also find the time to play, notice the beauty around you, and connect with your friends and family. After all, isn't that truly what life's all about?
(Not sure what the good stuff is? Check out this list of simple pleasures in life)
I don't know about you, but I don't want to look up at 65 and realize I spent all of my time working only to let my relationships, health, and home life suffer. That's time that we can never get back.
What about you? Do you think you need to work 60 hours a week to get ahead? Can you still maintain a balance between work and personal life at that level? I'd love to know what you think!