Strive For Work Life Harmony, Not Work Life Balance

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?


15 thoughts on “Strive For Work Life Harmony, Not Work Life Balance

    1. work life balance isn’t bad, work life harmony is just the idea that what you love to do and what you do for work are the same thing. obviously you still need to make time for family, whatever makes you happy is what you should be doing though:)

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  1. Wow, first line to the last. You nailed this post hard! Indeed, passion equals perfection and happiness. I pray the messages you deliver reach far out the world to everyone. Earned my support through a follow. Cheers! – Cezane

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  2. I particularly like Picasso’s quote. I also write about introducing harmonious things like small travels, creativity and caring for the Earth to add to one’s working life. Working a job you don’t enjoy is unfortunately a necessity for many, so I hope to help them see how many hours in total they have to spend on themselves. It’s more than most people think!


      1. Hi! Well I think that many people can do what they enjoy for work, sure, but it is easier for some people than others. For example, women in countries of gender inequality, or those in poverty, domestic violence, or homeless cannot at times afford to pursue their dream work until they have afforded themselves protection with basic food, shelter and personal freedom. In some cases like these it may mean having some flexibility in your perceptions of what you do for work, learning to be grateful for what it is that is providing income for you to survive right now, and planning a way towards your ideal happy work. I just wanted to comment as I did because I have come across many people who feel low self worth and added pressure to ‘just go out and do what you enjoy and the money will come’ – these people are not in a safe position to do so, right now. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to pursue my dream of writing and creativity because I have been educated, had a great career and support from family and friends (and a peaceful governmrnt and good social infrastructure). I think definitely, like you write, to plan your way towards doing work that makes you happy, no matter how long or unrealistic a goal it may feel like – and there’s no better time to start than the present 🙂


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