Career Expert Shares Secret on Establishing Work-Life Balance

I came to a realisation a few days ago:

There is a direct link between your professional and personal life.

I made this observations while having lunch with one of my best friends, Daniel.

I’ve known Daniel since I was 10 years old. We lived in the same estate and played football almost everyday after school.

Today, Daniel is an extremely accomplished professional. He has a beautiful family, holds a senior position at a large investment bank and he’s loads of fun to be around.

But Daniel wasn’t always like this. Growing up, he had the worst temper. In fact, most of us didn’t like him. We only tolerated him because he lived in the same block and went to the same school as the rest of us.

I recall one incident, when we were 11 or 12 years old. We were playing FIFA Soccer on my playstation.

For some reason, I was having a particularly good game. I was 3-0 up against Daniel by halftime. That’s a trashing.

Daniel got so pissed off, he turned off the playstation halfway through the game. He couldn’t tolerate being humiliated like that.

It was really childish. (alas, we were indeed children!)

But that incident pretty much personified Daniel. He HATED losing.

I could go on and on about all the terrible things he did as a child. In fact, he exhibited this sore loser behaviour well until he was in University.

But somehow, after leaving University, he slowly matured into becoming the incredible human being he is today. One I’m very proud to call my friend.

I recently asked Daniel, how did he manage this incredible transformation.

He told me it was all down to his wife.

Daniel met his soulmate, Liz, in his last year of university in London. They were both part of the Singapore club at LSE.

Now let me tell you a bit about Liz. She’s absolutely amazing. One of the kindest, chirpiest people I’ve ever met in my life. She’s always bubbly and full of positive energy. All of us really enjoy being around Liz.

Daniel told me that Liz was the biggest reason he’s managed to mature so much.

Everyday, Liz patiently (and tactfully) helped him become more self aware, more patient and more loving. She was a sounding board to all his troubles and helped him work through them. She was his pillar of strength. And Daniel learnt to be the man she needed him to be. Becoming her pillar as well.

Daniel said that this new peace, in his personal life, helped give him the platform to excel at work. Managing his temper better at home helped him manage his temper better at the workplace as well.

Without Liz, he said, none of his career accomplishments would have been possible. On numerous occasions, she helped him find new perspectives with the problems he was facing.

There is a direct link between your professional and personal life.

Either you’re doing well in both or bad in either case. These two are not mutually exclusive. And there are no exceptions to this rule.

Build up a well connected circle of friends, a partner who complements your personality and a few exciting hobbies. This is where your energy comes from!

And stability.

And focus.

And balance.

These elements are indispensable to foster a creative brain and a fulfilling life!

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