Is Work and Life Balance Possible?


Is there really a routine we can develop that will devote enough time to our work and family? The discussion involving what you can do to stay organized and learn balance has a wide range of answers and changes week to week. There is a range of factors that weigh in for each individual and balance does not look the same for everyone. Even so, is it possible to achieve personal contentment with the balance in your life?

There are some that say you can. They firmly believe you can hold down a demanding career and spend quality time with your family. Take author Nigel Marsh, who spoke at a TED talk in 2010. Whether or not you think you can achieve balance, Marsh made several solid observations:

“With the smallest investment in the right places, you can radically transform the quality of your relationships and the quality of your life. Moreover, I think, it can transform society. Because if enough people do it, we can change society's definition of success away from the moronically simplistic notion that the person with the most money when he dies wins, to a more thoughtful and balanced definition of what a life well-lived looks like.”

After touching on several observations, Marsh ended with that daring statement. He believes balance is achieved by first realizing that we should stop letting others design our lives and then later make small tweaks here and there to maximize the time we do have. If we “approach balance in a balanced way” we can reimagine our entire lives and maybe even impact others in our society.

On the other hand, there are several firm believers of “there’s no such thing as balance.” Barbara Corcoran is one that says there’s no such thing as having the ability to devote adequate, quality time to family and work. Entrepreneur.com interviewed the busy businesswoman and discovered this:

“What Corcoran has learned is that there’s no such thing as balance -- that the only way she feels good about all of her responsibilities is to divide her day between work and family with as little overlap as possible.”

At first, Corcoran never felt like she was good enough for her kids or for work, the strain of trying to excel at both was too much. So instead, she divides up her responsibilities with very defined lines, lines she never crosses. To Corcoran and several other American, dividing the day into clearly laid out boxes will result in happiness and balance.

Who is right? Is balance something that will remain just out of reach or can we own our lives and spread our time out to cover exactly what we want it to? After listening to both sides, the only conclusion I can reach is this: it depends first on what you want balance to look like in your life. After you have a firm idea of what your ideal balance is, it is up to you to follow through with a method that works for you. Balance does not have a standard answer, it is just one of those things you’ll have to test out and discover for yourself.

 

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The Stages Of Your Business Ownership Journey


When considering business ownership, it is easy to think about the short-term effects it will have on your life. There are a great deal of changes that occur in the first year, but what about ten years down the road? Part of the research and planning process involves realistically imagining your life with the business you choose as it goes through its many cycles.

Cycle 1: Search

This is the exploration cycle that takes a lot of patience, time, research, and footwork. After you’ve made the decision to get serious about your business ownership goals you must evaluate your financials, research and call different franchisors, get in touch with franchisees and many other details. Thankfully your local FranNet consultant will guide you through this process. The most valuable piece of advice to heed during this phase is to be honest with yourself and keep an open mind. Oh, and don’t forget to have some fun – it’s the beginning of a new chapter!

Cycle 2: Build

Now that your business has made it through the early stages, it’s time to grow. In this cycle, you will spend a lot of energy gathering and building client relationships, increasing cash flow, hiring more employees, revisiting business plan/goals (which you should be doing constantly), increasing marketing – basically taking your business to the next level in every aspect. Lean on the support of the franchisor and don’t be afraid to take chances.

Cycle 3: Maintain

This is the stage in which you can now call your company mature and established. You’ve worked hard to promote your business, build trust, increase value, expand cliental and nurture a growing profit. Up to this point you’ve experimented and perfected how to be productive and you know who the competitors are. The goal for this stage: maintain not just your businesses success, but your passion and motivation. Many entrepreneurs get comfortable with the decrease in challenge and reach a point of burnout. Avoid this by consistently innovating and change up your routines.

When approaching business ownership, it’s important to look at all the factors. However, it’s equally important to remind yourself of this: there is a lot hard work ahead, but relax, have fun and enjoy every minute of it.

 

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Entrepreneurs: Born or Made?


If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times, “why are you an entrepreneur?” Early on you knew that the entrepreneur lifestyle was for you and overtime it evolved to be part of your personality. The idea that entrepreneurs are a “special breed” of people has been floating around for a while now. So what the final conclusion?

Some research went as far as to say its part of our genetic map. They said some members of society have a leg up when it comes to the traits needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Of course they clarified that no one is born great, and no one is born with a predetermined short cut route – especially entrepreneurs. This special group of men and women work tirelessly and are ready to put everything on the line for what they believe in. When it comes down to it, the right personality traits aren’t going to be the only things that determine success.

It’s hard to imagine a pessimistic person who avoids risk and is low energy as a successful entrepreneur. We know personality plays a large role, however it’s tough to rule out the idea that you can make an entrepreneur out of anyone. With the right attitude and approach, there’s nothing that will stop you from being an entrepreneur. The biggest barrier is a lack of courage. If you have a strong support system, proper education and the ability to conquer your fears (which anyone is capable of), that might be all you need.

One thing is for sure: the life of any entrepreneur is hard. They may not be a “special breed” of people, but they are confident, competitive and driven with thedetermination to never give up. The conclusion seems to lean toward a little bit of both. Entrepreneurs are born with certain personality traits and then influenced by their surroundings and other people. In the scheme of things, the answer can be research, discussed, and argued over but it doesn’t really matter. Whether made or born, entrepreneurship is a beautiful thing and our world would be a dramatically different place without them.

 


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