Expand Your Horizons for Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a hot topic today! Take a look at the frequent debate about what constitutes a workaholic.  When we see someone who steadfastly pursues a goal, we may consider them to be passionate. Or, are they being self-interested? Which is more accurate? The question is, can you be too single-minded in your approach to life or a career?

I don’t believe I have the right to judge which work-related behaviors are workaholic or passionate. However, I do know that most accomplished people, those you want to be around or follow, usually have broad knowledge and experiences to go along with their passion for their career.

Let’s take a look at ways you can live a well-rounded life. I recently took a 3-week trip to Spain and had a wonderful time. Great scenery and great food; wonderful people! I will have plenty of fond memories. Beyond the great memories and photo spots, however, I think back on the wonderful things I learned about the history and culture of Spain, and how I grew in my own capabilities. How did that happen?

  1. I opened myself to learning a new language. Before the trip I knew only a smattering of Spanish, or more specifically Castilian, the language of most of Spain. I already knew a lot of vocabulary but did not have a lot of chance to speak it. I learned fast once I arrived, even though nearly everyone in Spain knows way more English than I do Spanish.
  2. I encountered new geography and new food and new ways of running businesses.
  3. I learned new things! For example, transportation is different, so much better than it used to be.  The train from Madrid to Barcelona traveled over 300 kmph, which equates to 180 mph, and was nice and smooth, and a great experience.
  4. Freeing my mind from my work-a-day worries and problem solving, I opened myself up to more new experiences and learning. I even found myself beginning to understand a little modern art after visits to the Prado, the Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro museums.

Bottom line: Whether you are a workaholic or just passionate about your career, I urge you to change the pace, see the world, and do different things. You’ll make your life more interesting and gain new insights to apply to your work-life.

Happy travels!


Beth Kelzer
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