Can you be a successful entrepreneur and still have time to build balance in your life for you and your family? Richard Branson thinks so. This is a great article in Entrepreneur.com about how he built his successful and dynamic empire yet always had time for his family.
The people I admire most are the ones who have been successful in their endeavors and have always kept their family and those relationships the main thing. I have seen a number of people chase after success only to leave a total train wreck of relationships in their wake. I must admit, I am a workaholic and it is easy for me to fall prey to this type of hard-driving lifestyle so I have a couple of key friends and mentors that hold me accountable and make sure I build balance in my life. My wife Brandi has always been a partner in everything I do and helps me keep on track as a husband, father, and with all the other important relationships in my life and I am blessed to have her in my life.
A few years back my life became so out of balance I asked a close friend to hold me accountable for my personal fitness. He literally came to my front door every morning at 0530 to wake me up for a morning run and he did this for over a year. To this day he calls on me to make sure I am keeping fitness a priority in my life and keeping balanced with the family. That is what true friends do and Gary Brimmer is one of the best friends I have.
As you head into the weekend I hope this article is inspiration for everyone to build balance into your life as you work hard towards your goals. I'd also like to recommend the book The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. This is an incredible book for all you hard charging and driven entrepreneurs and successful business people. It radically changed the way I work and operate.
Have a great weekend with the family!