Despite the common assumption that successful entrepreneurs have to be completely obsessed with their work, I think work-life balance is possible, even for people starting new businesses. I don’t like the myth that the real entrepreneurs ignore everything else. In fact I know several very well. They work hard, but also get back to family … Continue reading Can An Entrepreneur Have Work-Life Balance and be Successful?
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We talk about work-life balance, in general terms, but here’s one simple thought that should always be there in the background: Your business exists to make your life better. Not vice-versa. Don’t sacrifice your life to make your business better. I got a lot of play on Twitter recently with this simple idea. And this post … Continue reading Business for Life not Life for Business
What do you think of this (emphasis is mine)? Flextime, dress-down Fridays and paternity leave mask the core issue: certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged, on a day-to-day basis, with a young family. Reality is people working long hard hours at jobs they hate to buy things they don’t … Continue reading What Does a Life Well Lived Look Like to You?
It’s almost two years now since I had a go at listing traits of entrepreneurs. It started with somebody else’s 10 signs you’re probably an entrepreneur list and then I came up with my own list, a few days later, 10 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs. And even a couple of years later, I still like … Continue reading Can You Pick the Entrepreneurs From the Crowd?
It’s pretty much common knowledge that there are far fewer women than men running high-tech high-end (meaning visible, getting buzz, getting investment) startups. That’s bad news, right? I thought it was obvious. But apparently it’s not obvious. Say, what? Well, for example, there’s Penelope Trunk’s Women Don’t Want to Run Startups Because They’d Rather Have … Continue reading Women in Entrepreneurship and Controversy in Blogging
The title here (I love that title) is the magic of Dennis Howlett, author of This Y Generation thing is nonsense posted today on his blog. His point in a nutshell: I don’t know how many times I’ve read alarmist material that says Gen Y, millennials or whatever they’re now called are going to change … Continue reading The Gen-Y Thing is Nonsense
I was going to do another strategy piece this morning, in keeping with the time for planning theme I’d thought I was doing for this week. But no. We can do business strategy next year. Instead, for this last work day of this long and less-than-stellar year, let’s please enjoy, now, this excellent new research … Continue reading Research Agrees: Time is the Scarcest Resource.