If you are anything like me, you tend to see success only in terms of your business.
Whereas in actual fact, success is about giving attention to everything that is important to you, not just your business.
I am gradually learning to slow down. To make loved ones, friends, and ‘shock-horror’ me as important as trying to build my business.
Here are some great quotes I found that will help you (and me!) find a better work-life balance while trying to build a business.
58 Work-life Balance Quotes When You Are Juggling ALL the Balls
“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create” – Jana Kingsford
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” – Heather Schuck
“You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. – Andrew Wilkinson
“Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers. Love those close to you: Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is.” ―Ev Williams, co-founder of Medium and Twitter
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” ―First Lady Michelle Obama
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton
“In all aspects of our lives balance is key. Doing one thing too much can cause upset, like the old saying goes, everything in moderation is the secret!” – Catherine Pulsifer
“May your work be in keeping with your purpose” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” – Stephen R. Covey
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” – Lily Tomlin
“The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.” – Wallace D. Wattles
“Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.” – Marissa Mayer
“A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton
“No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.” – Anonymous
“We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” – Zig Ziglar
“We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between, it is all a matter of balance.”– Paul Boese
“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.” – Alexander Kjerulf
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” – Arianna Huffington
“To have someone who never makes a mistake, never finds her personal life in disarray, never worries about work-life balance? I think that would be unreal.” – Sophie Kinsella
“When I think about work-life balance, I don’t imagine it as a perfect day where I got to spend the exact right amount of time having an impact at work and snuggling with my kids at home. I never achieve that. But over the course of a month, or a quarter, or a year, I try to make time for the people and experiences I value.” – Jane Park
“I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.” – Oprah Winfrey
“You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.” – Katie Thurmes
“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.”– Jessye Norman
“I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”– Thomas Kinkade
“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard
“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” – Lao Tzu
”Reconsider your definitions. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being… not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money… but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.” – Wayne Dyer
“We need to know that we are enough and not inadequate because we are not living up to some modern ideal. That we are okay with our being” ― Malebo Sephodi
“If you live for money, no amount will ever satisfy you.” ― Richie Norton
“Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“Don’t take things too seriously. I would never de-value the importance of your business; but it’s not worth sacrificing your life for.” – Ben Yoskovitz
“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities” – Stephen Covey
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management” – Betsy Jacobson
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life” – Hilary Clinton
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
“Either you run the day or the day runs you” – Jim Rohn
“Do less, be more” – Elizabeth Grace Saunders
“You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn’t make a mockery of your values.” – Bill Ayers
“We need to introduce a little balance into your life. Part of this balance means not missing out on some of the marvels of life around you, the fun, some excitement, or other challenges in life.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“It’s also important to give attention to your health and hygiene. Keep yourself healthy by exercising, eating a balanced diet, and sleeping right.” – Kathleen Rao, Self-Confidence
“We are always getting ready to live but never living” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hope these quotes made you think, laugh or re-evaluate how you currently balance your business and life!
If you want to read some more of my posts on business and balance, have a look below 🙂
- What does starting a business really look like?
- 22 ways to simplify your life to make time for your business
- 10 reasons you haven’t started your business yet
- The unconventional advice you need before you start a business
- 9 Essential Ted Talks for women who want to start a business
- How to start a business while working full-time
- 15 powerful reasons why you should start a business in your 30s
- Why most self-care tips are missing the point
- 10 Tips To Cure Burnout and Enjoy Life Again
- Is a Portfolio Career the Answer When Starting a Business?
For the last quote, I have chosen quite a long one, but the one that resonated with me the most.
It’s all too easy to think that family and friends will understand when you put your all into your business, but those relationships need care and attention as well.
Your business is not more important than anything else in your life, so you shouldn’t treat it as such.
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends, and spirit — are made of glass.
If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” ―Brian Dyson, former vice chairman and COO of Coca-Cola