PETAR-SPORTS STARS-BALANCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIFE

Postolov Kiril, Janeska-Iliev Aleksandra

Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue and which they’ll decline, rather than simply reacting to emergencies, leaders can and do engage meaningfully with work, family, and community. They’ve discovered through hard experience that prospering is a matter of carefully combining work and home so as not to lose themselves, their loved ones, or their foothold on success. Those who do this most effectively involve their families in work decisions and activities. They also vigilantly manage their own human capital, endeavoring to give both work and home their due—over a period of years, not weeks or days.When you are leading a major project, you determine early on what a win should look like. The same principle applies to leading a deliberate life: You have to define what success means —understanding, of course, that your definition will evolve over time.Several basket players (or other sports men) who admitted to spending inadequate time with their families consider absence an acceptable price for providing their children with opportunities they themselves never had. One of these men, poor during his childhood, said that his financial success both protects his children and validates his parental struggles. Another even put a positive spin on the breakup of his family: “Looking back, I would have still made a similar decision to focus on work, as I was able to provide for my family and become a leader in my area, and these things were important to me. Now I focus on my kids’ education and spend a lot more time with them over weekends.”This paper addresses the relevant

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