When I ask people “do you believe in work/life balance?” they are always so quick to answer “YES” with no hesitation. If you’re one of those people get ready because Chris Do made a statement about this topic that is going to throw you for a loop.
For those of you that don’t know Chris Do, he is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. He's the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind and the Founder of The Futur - an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.
He said “If You Do Everything in Moderation you live a life of mediocrity” - Chris Do
Now this may seem harsh but I completely get what he’s saying. If you do a little of everything how are you supposed to be extremely well at one thing?
I tried the work/life balance but it turns out I am too passionate when it comes to performing certain tasks to live in moderation. For example, I tried balancing the gym, school, social life, and my business. BUT all of my tasks were completed in an “okay” way. It wasn’t until I decided to turn my complete focus to my business that it really started to grow and expand.
Before I started my business my focus was all about the gym life and guess what, I got amazing results ! However, things change and we have to prioritize what matters most.
Now I am not saying you should work 24 hours 7 days a week and focus only on one thing but I am saying if you love what you do, it pays the bills, and makes you happy, why not?
I mean, there are a few reasons to limit yourself such as physical & mental health, the chances of a burnout, and isolating yourself from family. However, those are worst case scenarios.
Yes, I have read tons of stories about the on-going problem of no “work/life” balance and it doesn’t change my opinion.
In conclusion, know your limits but spend the majority of your time how you want to spend it. Stop letting people tell you that “you work too much” just because they don’t want to spend the majority of their time doing the same thing you do.
Food for Thought: Gary Vaynerchuk, founder and CEO of digital marketing company VaynerMedia, says that if start-up founders want to make it, they should put in at least 18 hours a day for the first year.
"I think one of the biggest reasons so many people go out of business in the first year, first two years … is they don't realize how hard it is and how all-in you have to be," - Vaynerchuk