A young campus administrator asked me, “How do you find balance in your life? Balance between career, family, relaxation, etc.?”
This is a good question with a harsh answer.
I replied, “Before I answer, I need to know if you want to be great at something?”
He said,“Yes, I want to be great at…”
I cut him off and said, “I don’t want to know what you want to be great at. You just have to realize that if you are going to be great at something, you have to accept that balance is not an option. The true pursuit of GREAT requires a sustained and purposeful imbalance in the area of potential greatness.”
Balance can only maintain good, because balance requires compromise.
Which makes the harsh answer, “You cannot have it all. You can either have a lot of GOOD (balance) or a little of GREAT (imbalance).”
Think. Work. Achieve.
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