225. Expert Interview: Work-Life Balance Is a Myth
Slava Gorovoy is recognized as one of the most valued experts in business and leadership coaching in Asia and the Pacific. He draws his expertise from over 15 years working with professionals and businesses across military, corporate and small business sectors. Slava has helped hundreds of people to unlock their career, business and life potentials, so they can experience the ultimate joy of living.
Work-Life Balance is a Myth
Despite huge advances in technology, which were expected to reduce labor, increase efficiency and leisure time, a true balance between work and life remains largely a myth for many people. Recalling his upbringing in the former Soviet Union, Slava explains, “Education and work were the top priorities for all people. I remember slogans on the school stationery boxes that said, ‘Study, study and study.’ It was so ingrained in everyone that we didn’t even know what rest means.” In his current experience Slava sees many people who are mindlessly addicted to their careers, to the detriment of their personal lives.
Why Is This Important?
People need down time to reflect on their lives. Again recalling his USSR experience, Slava points out, “It was very important to keep everybody busy. Because if a person has time to reflect and really go deeper into their being, he might discover something that wouldn’t be in line with the doctrine of the government.” This principle applies to work environments worldwide.
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
“We live in one of the best times in human history. If we don’t utilize the time for getting that work-life balance right now, when is it going to happen? I lead my clients to focus on what’s important to them right now. I ask them to take a strategic approach and really evaluate their purpose in holding onto their corporate job or whatever position they have right now, and to consider whether there might be a purpose for them to leave that position and start a business.”
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