Most of the people I know work in crazy busy environments, I interact with a lot of business owners and senior managers. They have busy lives, and they make their priorities … work, family,hobbies/interests etc. They find it very difficult to add more into that mix, feeling that something has to give in order to add one more time commitment.
Yet a lot of the people I know do find time in their crazy schedules to help others … they volunteer for charities, they coach and mentor people, they go to their kids (grandkids) activities.
Over the last 15 years I have started and grown a business that this year will break through the $100 million … but I also found (made) time to coach my kids soccer for many years, and attend almost every event in their lives. I found time to be involved with charities and with our industry association. I found time to give advice when asked and to be there when my friends needed a hand.
I think it is important to find time for the truly important things in life … and invariably they involve service to others. If we lead a selfish life then financial success is pretty hollow … true success comes from living a well balanced life that allows us to give and help others.
The old saying goes that … when lying on your deathbed you are not going to wish that you had put more time in at the office.
That is a pretty good saying, but when I am there I WILL take pride in my professional achievements AND I will cherish the memories I have of family and friends.
Don’t short change yourself … find (MAKE) time for the TRULY important things!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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