Do We Aspire to Achieve Work/Life Balance or Harmony?
I had the honor of interviewing Sharon Lechter, CEO of Pay Your Family First, international speaker, CPA, CGMA, philanthropist, author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, and two bestselling books in cooperation with The Napoleon Hill Foundation, Think and Grow Rich: Three Feet From Gold, Outwitting the Devil and her latest book Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance . I was truly inspired with the plethora of wisdom and knowledge she shared with me and my audience.
One element that had an impact on me was the topic of work/life balance. Sharon’s point of view was anchored in the belief that there is NO work/life balance and trying to achieve that leaves us women feeling nothing but guilty when we can’t attain that sense of balance. She shared quite humorously that the only balance that we can achieve is in yoga, and even that can be challenging.
How do you feel about work/life balance in your life?
I’ve intuitively never felt strongly about attaining balance as life is in a continual state of change and I’ve always aspired to live a life in harmony. It’s a far more gentle approach to living my life and allows for bend and flex with the flow of whatever comes our way. I recently read this interpretation by Michele Baker and found it fascinating: “Forget work-life balance. The phrase itself contains an opposition. Work and life are the same. They exist in harmony, or they rip us apart. Grocery shopping is as much a part of our day as writing a blog post.” What say you?
Another fascinating aspect within Sharon Lechter’s book is that of “burning desire”. What does that mean to you?
According to Sharon, “A burning desire to be, and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off. Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition”. Powerful statement and am in agreement with her point that every great leader, from the dawn of civilization down to the present was a dreamer.
I highly recommend Think and Grow Rich for Women as Sharon Lechter addresses the principles of the original Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and presenting modern inspiration for women from all walks of life!
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