Obviously ‘balance’ is defined differently by each person.
I need more downtime now than when I was working 9 to 5 in someone else’s shop. I sacrifice my personal time all the time for my best clients although more and more, I am demanding they give me more time on their projects. I am tired of “rush” being a given. If “rush” continues to be a given, then I will definitely have to get out of this business sooner rather than later. More often than not, because of aforementioned rush, my clients are getting price and delivery, and the quality of the work suffers. Personally, I’d rather one of the other two suffer.]]>
I think you’re pretty much on target with that comment Robert. As for Jeremy’s views – I really didn’t agree with him for the most part. It probably comes more from a philosophical point of view than anything else. I don’t know him or his work and if he’s happy w/ where he’s at, than it really isn’t up to me to say he’s wrong. But his attitude was almost slacker though that term is probably more harsh than it needs to be. Basically I’m not sure how far you can really go to be a success if all you’re trying to do is less work and go to more concerts….]]>
You’re write that the group was a bit biased on the ‘owner-operator’ side. Jeremy’s views on ‘work less’ were honest and in direct contradiction to what others were saying.
Personally, I think the ‘work forever’ ethic is nuts. It isn’t healthy and it isn’t smart. It’s also rather macho. Having kids who pointed to the computer when someone asked “where’s dad?” really made me question the value of what I was doing.
I think the most salient thing for me was a reminder that it is impossible for ’employees’ to find work-life balance if their bosses don’t.