Why I Don’t Believe in Work-life Balance

Why I Don’t Believe in Work-life Balance

Dustin Lien
January 15, 2018

I work a lot, sometimes too much—you can probably relate. I also have a healthy amount of fun—hopefully you can relate.

With a busy schedule and ambitious goals, most people start wondering how to achieve a better work-life balance. Tens of thousands of people google that term every month to get ideas on how to work less and “live” more.

I personally never liked the term “work-life balance.” Not because I don’t believe in balancing work with other parts of life, but because it insinuates that what you do for work isn’t part of life. It’s some other weird thing you’re forced to do that is anti-life.

But then again, I know that my work situation is different than most people’s.

Most people don’t get paid for work that is aligned with their greater purpose. Most people actually DO separate work from life because for them, work has no other purpose other than money in the bank.

I know that because I used to view work the same way before I broke free.

I would punch in and punch out of a place I hated going to, with people I’d rather not surround myself with 5x/week, getting paid less than I’d like to get paid, so I could then go home and “live.”

When you’re doing work that aligns with your purpose, you stop seeing a separation between work and life, because you’re energized; you’re fired up about what the day will bring and how you can move the needle forward, because you know that your work matters on a deeper level than just the number in your bank account or who the manufacturer of your car is.

This isn’t an attack on people who like nice things or make a lot of money, it’s a plea to the people who care about those things only because they feel like that’s the only way to live. A plea to view work differently, so you can finally experience the freedom and fulfillment that comes along with purpose-driven work.

If you feel chained and held back by your job, take heart, the world is full of possibilities. It’s up to you to take action, but remember that a purpose-driven life IS possible, and it IS worth pursuing.

Cheers to not balancing work and life, but living them both out in harmony.