In early 2017, I was invited to give a talk on work life balance (as part of a Corporate Wellness program). The video recording of the 22 minute talk is below.
I advocated for a different approach than the norm. Work life balance is an often over used term, and often unachieved outcome. It’s elusive to say the least. Like a pink unicorn. You’re told it’s out there, but you’ve never actually seen it.
My view is that its ever-elusiveness is based on its basis upon prescriptions, a series of dos and don’ts. I believe that a principled approach is a much more optimal – and enjoyable (which is a significant and key component) route.
Prescriptions aim for Perfection. Perfection is never reached and thus seeking it leads to Failure. Failure leads to Dissatisfaction.
Principles, however, are a set of guiding lights, that can be dialed up, or down, adjusted left or right, based on the circumstances around you.
Great Principles, lead to Great Practices. Great Practices lead to Great Progress. And Progress, leads to Satisfaction.
We are happiest when we are progressing. Principles lead to Progress, over the long haul. Prescriptions do not.
Life is much more a sailboat, than a motorboat, and Principles help you adjust your sails depending on the waves and winds.
I hope you enjoy the talk!