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Chapter 1. Do You Need Balance? A Blueprint for a Strong Foundation

Chapter 1. Do You Need Balance? A Blueprint for a Strong Foundation

There's that old adage that no one ever said on his or her deathbed, “Gee, I wish I'd put more time in at the office.” However, for most of us building a professional life, the office has a tendency to take over our lives, leaving us out of focus and out of balance.

Two other aspects come into this out-of-balance scenario. One is when our worklives are not our passions. Many of us start down a career path and find ourselves 10 or 20 years later with an enviable position and title on a business card—but somehow along the way we may have gotten into a track where we're not truly happy and most certainly not passionate about what we do. Consequently, when most of us spend more hours on the job than at home, we feel frazzled and burned out—we spend too many hours pursuing something that leaves us less than satisfied.


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