Work/Life Balance – Reality or Unicorn?

Exactly a year after I left my previous company to join my current one, I met up with my old boss for happy hour tonight. If not for him, I would certainly not be where I am today from a career standpoint. Giving him my two weeks notice (which was actually three because I bypassed the week in between jobs to make sure the transition went smoothly) was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.

I had been there for three years and despite my allegiance to him, I knew it was time to move on to new challenges. It wouldn’t have been fair to the company, my beloved boss, or myself to stay there. I was burned out and simply couldn’t produce at the level I had sustained for the first 36 months of my tenure.

It turned out that the person to whom I would be reporting at the new job was a co-worker of my old boss and several other key players on his team. <!– Cliche Warning –> Small world!

This is certainly not an indictment against my former employer, but I am very grateful for where I am today professionally. Devoting one’s life to work can only last so long. It’s simply not sustainable. <!– Cliche Warning 2 –> Slow and steady wins the race. All work and no play makes Jack physically ill. Trust me on this one.

I used to say, “I’m still young and need to focus on my job while I am able.” At 32 years of age and rebounding from a 12+ year relationship that undoubtedly was undermined by my commitment to work, I am finally starting to realize there is more to life than to reaching the highest tax bracket. Besides, if I get there within the next 4 years, I will be hit with a luxury(federal income) tax of 40+%. Steinbrenner family: I feel your pain!

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