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The Balance Pie

Andy Armento

· Balance,Relationships,Choices,Balance Pie,Work Life Balance

Perhaps one of the misguided notions in the concept of balance is that there are only 2 areas of balance. Work and life. I can understand why that notion exists as they are seemingly the most glaring of choices to make. Do I work hard and make lots of cash (for my family, of course) or do I value relationships of my loved ones more and, at the expense of my career, neglect what pays the bills? Understanding these choices are probably both extreme, we all make choices.

I hate making choices. Butter pecan or chocolate chip cookie dough? I would rather choose a favorite child than choose ice cream flavors (for anyone who thinks I'm serious, go ahead and do me a favor and never read my blog again.) Sarcasm aside, balance is all about choices. Where do I spend my time and on what?

If you're like me, you probably have a pretty good idea on what you're good at and where you need help. I chose (see what I did there?) to break up my life into 5 major categories (Why 5? Because 7 is overdone. 5 is the new 7.) Relationships, Health/Physical, Financial, Spiritual, and Work/Career.

Now, I would say I'm pretty strong in my career. I helped build a startup company to over $12 million in sales in 2 years. I know what to do to be successful (although I learn more everyday) and I probably spend more time than I need to building my career. On the opposite of that is financial. I suck at saving. I have started utilizing the 401(k) at work, but I could use some help here. My health, I would say, is improving, but lackluster. I am down 25 pounds over the last 4 months and still working on improving.

We all love to focus on the things we are good at. I liked to try sports in grade-school. I learned early on, I was not going to be the next Dale Murphy (my Atlanta Braves hero.) Nope, I was afraid of the ball. I was the kid with the catcher's gear on at bat. I really wish I had a picture for you, you'll have to play that one in the theater of your mind. I was not picked in kick ball. I was the only one left and was assigned a team. As I grew, I learned that my weakness was coordination. I should have learned that when I failed Kindergarten for a lack of "motor skills." This kid had none.

When I entered middle and high school, I decided to focus on making money. The band instructor told me I had to be in the marching band, which interfered with my job, so I quit band to make money. I was that kid in the neighborhood mowing lawns, washing cars, raking leaves to make cash. I learned what it meant to work hard and long and kill it at the 9-5. In fact, I worked my way into a career mostly employing MBA graduates all without a college degree.

When it comes to work, I know how to do that. When it comes to relationships, well, let's just say I'm still learning. That is the whole point of this grand experiment. I'm doing this for me as much as I am for you. I want to meet and hear from some of the most successful people on the planet who didn't sacrifice their family at the alter of work. I know how to do that. I believe there is a way to be successful at work and have a phenomenal family who doesn't hate what you do for a living.

But, I also believe there is more to it than that. We need to look at the vocational and the relational, but we also need to be concerned about the physical, financial, and spiritual. Because without the other 3, the first 2 are going to suffer. Will you join me on this grand experiment? Subscribe below if you're in.

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