Choosing Family Before Work

During my initial conversation with a business owner, I will always ask:

“Why did you go into business in the first place?”

 A common response is they went into business to have greater flexibility with their working hours to enable them to spend more time with their families.

During a conversation with a business owner where this question was asked, the business owner asked me for an example of where someone had prioritsed family ahead of work.

The example I used was a personal one, which occurred when I was employed with a professional services firm about 25 years ago.

I applied for an internal promotion but was not successful.

About six months later, the person appointed to the role was not performing as expected and was let go.  I was approached to take on the role.

In the conversation with the managing partner about the role, I indicated I was happy to take on the role with one major rider.  The rider being that if my school age children were required to attend events, such as parent/teacher interviews/birthday parties/sporting events, during work hours I will attend those events without asking for permission.

The managing partner went quiet for what seemed an eternity before answering “…and that is probably why I am on my second marriage!”

To this day, I still live my life by chosing to put my family ahead of my business life.

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