It is fantastic to teach your children to appreciate your business by taking them to work with you. For many entrepreneurs, work takes up a large portion of their waking hours. Entrepreneurs with children often have to explain to their children why they are working instead of playing with their children or attending the children’s events. For entrepreneurs who must spend a lot of time at work and miss many family events it is a good idea to take your children to work from time to time.
Often the work that parents do is a mystery to their children. The children may understand on an intellectual level what it is that their parents do, but that is very different from understanding why doing that work takes so many hours. When you bring your child to work and she is able to spend the day watching what you do, how you do it and all the people involved in the process it is often an eye-opening experience for them. It is one thing to hear how hard your job is and how much you need to do at work each day, it is a different thing altogether for them to see you at work putting out fires, doing a million tasks and missing lunch due to the work load. More »
It is fantastic to realize that when it comes to work life balance you can succeed by being your own super hero. When my oldest daughter was a little girl she watched a movie from the Cheetah Girls with words to a song something similar to this:
I don’t want to be like Cinderella
Sitting alone in a dark dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and rescue me
I’d rather rescue myself
When I think about all working women do to run businesses, work jobs, manage families and find time for themselves, I am reminded of this song. Almost every day there are articles in blogs, newspapers, magazines and conversations on television about the struggle to balance work and life. After years of research on this topic, I have come to realize there is no quick fix, there is no one size fits all solution.
It is fantastic to know there is always something new to learn to in the work life balance battle. There are always books, articles, documentaries and news reports on the struggle to balance work and life. These stories always amaze me because they are usually so drastically dismal or ridiculously optimistic. The reality is that it is hard to balance work and life, but it can be done. Like most things worth having, finding a balance between work and life is hard but well worth the effort. Most people work because they have to work in order to provide a living for themselves and their families. At the same time people want to live lives that are fulfilling, satisfying and enjoyable. More »
It is fantastic to realize when it comes to your life at work and home, reputation matters. Reputation is what people think of you, how people refer to you when you are not around. It is common for people to take care to be sure they have a good reputation at work. Often, little attention is paid to the reputation one has at home. This is a mistake. No matter if at home or at work, reputation matters a great deal. More »