The arrival of my third son following a difficult pregnancy and birth of identical twin boys two years earlier nearly put me over the edge. While life is considered a blessing, the ensuing exhaustion wasn't. And work-life balance - yeah, right! I couldn't even finish a hot cup of coffee during those years, let alone find work-life balance! Life was one big sleep deprived blur!
Have you ever experienced stages of your life where there just weren't enough hours in the day? Everything seemed out of control? And sleep was a distant memory?
Former Google CFO
Small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and entry-level workers all want the same thing. A successful business/career, while - well, having a happy life!
Earlier this year Patrick Pichette, former Google CFO, announced he was retiring to spend more time with his family. Picket earnestly described his personal struggles with work-life balance, click here to read the full announcement. While many people do not share Pichette's luxury of calling it a day upon feeling life is passing you by, asking some easy questions I outlined in my Amazon best-selling book: "Not Tonight Dear, I've Got a Business to Run! Enrich Your Marriage While Prospering in Your Business" will help you reconcile your work and family/life responsibilities. These were the questions I wish someone told me to ask myself when I was a young entrepreneur struggling to "have it all!"
Fifty Questions to Ask for Achieving Work-Life Balances
Following are Fifty Questions I've designed from my research and understanding of what successful entrepreneurial people and couples consider when venturing into an entrepreneurial business. The answer to these questions will help you avoid achieving professional success at the expense of personal happiness.
1. How much initial capital will be necessary?
2. Will you need to borrow capital to invest?
3. What proportion of your total assets will you need to invest?
4. What major purchases are required?
5. How much cash is required monthly to support the business?
Length of Time Before Positive Cash Flow
6. What is the learning curve in this business? How much time will it take before you can expect to be profitable?
7. What are the reasonable expectations for positive cash flow in three, six, and nine months, one year, two years, five years?
For the complete list of these questions, please click here.