I have no problem with encouraging people to go and follow your dreams. I have no problem with encouraging others to explore new careers they might now be aware of. I have no problem with thinking outside the box.
BUT….I have a major problem when we put career over family. We now have a new wave of people trumpeting career and ‘having it all.’ I feel they will regret their choice.
Warren Farrell recently said, ‘The road to high pay is a toll road.” Being a careeer person who works 60-70 hopurs a week and makes high wages comes with a high personal cost.
The reality is – no one can have it all. It is a myth.
Don’t be fooled by the people at the top of the food chain telling you to go ahead and be a busy worker bee and charge ahead. FAMILY is where we all need to lean in. Lean in and pay attention to the one thing that will be there for us when we get old. Lean in and listen to those who see you as an asset and not a liability. Lean in and watch your children change day to day right before your eyes. Lean in and enjoy the wonderful relationships you have. These people are more likely to be in your life LONG after you leave the job you are on right now.
I say we need to lean back! Lean back and nurture your relationship with people instead of profit.
Sometimes, people don’t realize what is important until it is too late
The Greta Garbo of the 2008 fiscal meltdown has broken her silence with a stunning confession — and it’s not about her role in the implosion of Lehman Brothers.
Erin Callan, who has lain low since her ouster from the doomed investment bank, says she allowed Wall Street to take over her life and says the sacrifices she made to rise to the top were “not worth it.”
“Until recently, I thought my singular focus on my career was the most powerful ingredient in my success,” Callan wrote. “But I am beginning to realize that I sold myself short.”
Callan confessed “work always came first, before my family, friends and marriage.”
As a result, Callan’s first marriage ended in divorce. Now she is 47, remarried, and desperate to have children.