The one thing people regret at the end of life is working too much and not interacting more with the people they love.
But the real world requires sacrifices at various stages of our lives.
Mouths to feed. Dreams to change. Goals to be met.
Let’s be honest. No one hands us a check to pay for expenses for the rest of our lives without having to earn it.
So working long hours is part of getting to where we want to be. It’s not something to be ashamed of unless we have no plan to balance that time in a realistic and doable way.
It’s not the numbers of “quality” hours we spend with loved ones and friends, it is the amount of time we are 100% present in their company, focused on them.
Long hours can be eventually rewarded by rewarding yourself and loved ones with more of that quality time described above.
Allow no one including yourself to make you feel guilty for putting in the hours deemed necessary to advance your career. This only makes life worse for everyone.
While it is almost impossible to have it all, we can have it better.
Better time together.
Better ways to spend the non-working hours.
Better listening skills so that those around us do not think that because we are working elsewhere we do not hear them – the number one need of almost everyone.
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