Mastering the Art of Living
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.” – James Michener
It used to annoy me when people would tell me that I work too much, kindly reminding me that “life is short, and I need to make the best of it”. Many of those people where well-intentioned, but it was frustrating to hear those comments because it made me second guess myself.
Successful entrepreneurs learn to filter those comments, putting more value on the opinions of those they trust and who share their vision. Many don’t learn that skill and instead fall prey to the crash-diet approach to finding balance in their life.
I have never regretted the paths I’ve taken in life and for me, work was just part of a bigger vision that I had for my life.
I’m still figuring it all out and who knows, in two years I’ll probably write a post contradicting all of this; but I have found that trying to perfectly balance your work and personal life will keep you from experiencing life itself.
Instead, it is much more rewarding to focus on finding the most value in whatever you doing at that moment — and leave it up to others to figure out if you’re working or playing.