Work-life balance while making millions? You can do it!
There’s a lot of people who will tell you that you can’t have it all. Odds are, the people saying this are those who haven’t figured it out yet for themselves, so they assume that others can’t, either.
I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can achieve the work-life balance that you’re looking for while still achieving your financial goals.
As someone who has spent the last several years interviewing and hiring what seems like countless people to support and propel Cardone Ventures’ ongoing growth, I can tell you first-hand that the concept of “work-life balance” is one that comes up over and over again in my discussions with recruits.
What I’ve also come to realize is that it’s not entirely clear to many of these people precisely what they mean by “work-life balance.” Do you know what work-life balance means to you?
Get clear on what “balance” means to you
In some of my interviewing experiences, it’s clear to me that many people perceive work as an entirely transactional experience. I’m not knocking that. I’m not judging it. Philosophically speaking, I simply have a different point of view.
To me, my professional experiences have individually been a part of a larger story, where each opportunity has informed and led to the next one, and it’s because I was invested in learning more, challenging myself, and using my ability to overcome those challenges as a means for achieving the next thing.
This has got me thinking about what I really think work-life balance means to me, so much so that I began to wonder, “Well, what is the textbook definition of balance, anyway?” and here’s what really captured my attention:
“Bal·ance | a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”
Not necessarily equal, but correct their proportions.
So, to me, the question then is, “How can you find balance if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve?”
You want balance? Then identify what your goals are.
This process is really no different than how Brandon and I set goals for ourselves, or how we set goals for the Cardone Ventures brand.
I think about my 10-year vision for myself, and I think about the big goals I need to achieve to get myself there. If there’s one goal that is more important than the others, or if there’s a goal that needs to be accomplished before I can move on to the others, then that’s where I focus my attention.
From there, I set smaller goals for myself, ones that encompass the actions that will lead to the ultimate outcome I am working towards.
For instance, if I have a fitness goal of wanting to lift a certain amount of weight, I know I can’t start at that weight. There are other exercises that involve me lifting smaller weights or focusing on specific muscle groups that will eventually help me get to my goal.
Literally every goal you want to achieve can be broken down in this way.
Now that you’ve determined what you want, don’t forget about what you need — and document them both!
This is where our understanding of balance comes into play. Because when we set big goals for ourselves, it’s easy to forget that we can’t always (if ever!) put everything else going on in our lives on hold.
So I want you to document your goals — your “wants,” in other words — and I also want you to focus on your needs. In this case, your needs are the non-negotiables, like spending time with your children, if you’re a parent, or making sure you’re spending quality time with your spouse or partner.
This is where you’re going to have to get realistic about how much time there is in a day, how committed you are to your needs, and accordingly, how much time you can make for your wants.
And if you find you’re not meeting your needs in the way you should? Well, you’re going to have to readjust the amount of time you’re spending on your wants. Maybe this goal is going to take a little longer than you anticipated.
I think it’s always better to be real with yourself and adjust the timeline while continuing to make progress vs. overextending yourself, hitting burnout, and then walking away from your goal altogether.
Or maybe, conversely, your kids are getting older and more independent, and you can suddenly spend more time on your wants. It works both ways. And consistently examining these things also helps with another important factor in time management…
Look closely at how you spend your time and cut out waste
Let’s be real: You waste a lot of time on your phone, right? Listen, I know I do. How much time are you wasting on TikTok, Instagram, reading too much bad news, playing games — all of the time thieves that give us instant gratification but very little else. Cut these things out.
Don’t get me wrong, I want you to use your phone for the things that are going to help you achieve your goals — it’s certainly one of the most powerful tools I have at my disposal, but scrolling isn’t productive.
Be real with yourself, recognize your bad habits, and remind yourself that every time you fall back into a bad habit, you’re taking time away from your needs, and your needs are taking away from your wants. Adjust accordingly.
I am so excited to help you achieve your personal, professional, and financial goals. I believe that you really can have it all, especially when you’ve clearly defined for yourself what “it” really means.
If you’re ready to take yourself to the next level, then I encourage you to come to a live Cardone Ventures event! I can guarantee you that this will be the most impactful experience you’ll have this year. Don’t wait! These sessions fill up quickly. Book today!