People who don’t enjoy what they do for a living are typically the people that talk about wanting a work life balance. However, what they should be striving for is work life harmony.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is worth an estimated $63 billion – making him the fourth richest man in the world.
In the book “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” Brad Stone says,
“Jeff didn’t believe in work life balance. He believed in work life harmony.”
Work life harmony is the idea that what you love to do and the work you do should blend together into one seamless, integrated life.
According to Deloitte’s Shift Index Survey, 80% of people are dissatisfied with what they do for a living. Because of this, they try to balance life out by doing what makes them happy when they’re not working, otherwise known as “work life balance.”
But remember what Picasso said,
“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life. A dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”
Meaning you should never spend more time doing what you hate compared to the things you love.
This is the key to living a fulfilled life.
According to science and psychology, a large part of the fulfillment you will experience in your life is in direct proportion to your sense of accomplishment in your field of work.
Unfortunately, how many people in this world can say that what they do for work and what they’re passionate about is the same thing?