The Concept of Work-Life Balance

The concept of work-life balance is bullshit. First, it presumes that work is in opposition to life. And the fact is that work is a fundamental part of life; who we are and what we do merge–sometimes with good results and sometimes with bad.

Second, the concept sets us up for terrible guilt. When I’m at my kids’ concert, I feel guilty that I’m not answering email. When I’m at my desk, I feel guilty that I’m not watching So You Think You Can Dance with my kid. You can’t win.

– Jerry Colonna

This is taken from a post on Jerry’s blog. I read it after listening to a powerful conversation between Jason and Jerry on an episode of This Week In Startups.

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