How to enjoy a Positive Work-life balance
Via LinkedIn : Although I am based in New York, I love nothing more than to travel and experience different cultures around the world. This issue that I discovered during the formative part of my career is that travel is not always possible when working in a regular, nine-to-five role, where you have to take relatively small vacations that restrict your choice of destination.
This is one of the many reasons why I started SJ Innovation 12 years ago in 2004, as I longed for a flexible work-life balance that enabled me to see the world and enjoy more time with my friends, family and loved ones. Armed with this vision and a willingness to work hard, I have been able to achieve this and believe that you can realise a similar dream in your own life.
How I realised my Dream
One of my favourite destinations in the world is England, and me and my family spend one month every summer with my in-laws in the Northern city of Manchester. We also travel to far-flung locations such as India, Bangladesh, Ukraine and the caribbean, as along with the UK these are preferred locations of mine that I love to visit regularly. Of course, to facilitate this my company employs many remote workers in these regions, enabling me to travel frequently while maintaining contact with SJ Innovation’s global pool of talent.
The time spent in Manchester is the most precious to me, however, and one that reinforces the realism of my dream. A typical day during my trip starts with a family breakfast, before I spend two or three hours liaising with my international team by phone or email. Once agendas have been set, I like to enjoy several hours socialising with my wife, children and beloved others, whether we venture out on an excursion or make the most of the summer weather at home. I will then typically work by phone for an hour or two in the late afternoon, before enjoying the luxury of putting my children to bed!
How you can Achieve this sense of Freedom
When people talk about on success, they always focus on the pursuit of wealth and material possessions. To me, however, it is far more important to enjoy success in life, as you look to create a career path that is balanced and enables you to optimise the time that you spend with your loved ones. This is one of the main reasons why I launched SJ Innovation, and why I would recommend such a lifestyle to anyone with a family or interests outside of work
With this in mind, I would implore you to reconsider your perception of success and the course of your career, as with vision, drive and a strong work-ethic you can build your own brand and take control of your destiny. From here, you can create a flexible and enjoyable lifestyle that negates stress, while building a legacy that will last long after you have gone.
So build a team, build a life and build a legacy that you can be proud of!
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