A Dragon's view on work/life balance!
Work/life balance is something that most coaches will have to coach on at some time in their career. I recently went to the London Success Seminar held at the Excel Centre and listened to James Caan speak about how he gets the balance right in his life and it made for interesting listening.
The moment he steps on the stage he has your attention. He is calm, softly spoken and utterly charming. He never gets over excited or over-emphasises his views. He just lets you know how he became so successful and allows you to calmly reflect on your own experience.
He readily admits his downfalls and very proudly permits himself to be less than perfect. One of the most interesting points he made was about work/life balance. He absolutely loves what he does in his work and does not understand why anyone, when on their family holiday, would want to 'log off' for the entire 2 weeks. He ensures that during his holiday he only works for 2 sessions a day (2 hours per session) and joins the family for breakfast, lunch, dinner and fun in the pool. It is really interesting that he feels no guilt over this, and why should he! He works hard and enjoys what he does to make his money and the idea of not doing something that you are passionate about whilst on holiday would be off for him.
Hurrah, for someone who is honest enough to turn the whole work/life balance advice on it's head. Coaches sometimes forget that they have to work with the person not just press upon them the next idolised self-help techniques. If you love your work; do your work. If you love being at home and raising your kids; do just that. Whatever it is that will make you happy is exactly what you need to be doing.
If you ever get the chance to hear James Caan speak I can guarantee he will both inspire you and pass across a feeling of peace that will allow you to make decisions about your future with clarity. Definitely my favourite Dragon!
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