The idea of work-life balance isn’t new concept. As a matter of fact it traces back to the 1800’s. In the 21st century many have given up on the idea that you could prioritize both and be happy and successful at the same time. I believe both work and personal life can have a happy balance if you understand the impact that each can have in their health and happiness. Don’t get me wrong I know surprises come up and change the path we plan on taking. Nevertheless you shouldn’t overlook the power of dreaming and planning the life you desire. As an entrepreneur I run 3 small businesses and I love every minute of it. As a matter of fact I could do it 24 hours a day and never get bored or tired. Actually, there’s been many times in the past 15 years that I’ve done it 24/7. Needless to say that wasn’t a happy balance. It never gets easier, but I love being an entrepreneur.
Before I got married it was important that I could have a game plan for being a great husband and dad as well as succeeding as an entrepreneur. I quickly realized that being happy in my personal life was the key to being successful in business. I love being a dad and husband. No doubt it’s the most important thing I do. My 3 little ones keep me and my wife, Erin, busy 365 days a year. It’s no different for most families. But running 3 different companies while being fully involved in the day to day operations of the Oliveira household can be a challenge. Before I go on I have to admit that my success in both arenas would never be possible if I didn’t have the best wife and mother to my children. She understands me and I understand her so communication is always easy. In that respect things have always been easy. We’ve been together for 16 years and it just keeps getting better.
Every year my family and I take a road trip for 3-4 weeks during the summer. We love the freedom that comes with a road trip. Stopping along the journey to explore the country without any limitations is priceless. We’re truly building some amazing memories for our kids. This year we chose to go from our home in Deerfield Beach, FL to New York, NY. While in NY I had to drive up to Toronto, ON for a 2 day business class. There’s that work-life balance. Here’s the quick breakdown.
• 20 days
• 95 hours driving
• 4,095 miles
• 5 major cities
We enjoyed family time in Salamanca, NY and hiked at my wife’s gramma’s house. Next we headed to Boston where we visited the Boston Tea Party, Sam Adams Brewery, Fenway Park, Quincy Market, Children’s Museum, MIT and Harvard. Then drove to NYC and visited the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, Rockerfeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then we headed to Washington DC where we visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Korean War Memorial, Pentagon and the Zoo. That takes us to the last leg of the trip. We drove from DC to the first exit off of I-95 when you enter FL. Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island. This was our vacation from our vacation. We spent time watching sunsets, hanging out at the beach and eating great food.
So what’s the point of this post? The point is that if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner you can definitely find work-life balance. It’ll definitely take some time to get your business to run on its’ own without your daily involvement. You’ll have to spend a lot of time creating SOP’s that are easy to understand. It goes without say that your team will be the difference maker. Sit down and figure out what’s important to you and start planning your work-life balance plan so that you can live a more enjoyable life while seeing your business grow and having fun with your family and friends.
Here are some pictures from our family road trip.