02 Feb What big shot business celebs say on children
There’s a common perception out there which troubles me. It says you can’t be a big shot businessperson and a successful dad.
I couldn’t disagree more.
Undoubtedly, there are tensions when it comes to balancing business with parenting. But there are ways to deal with tension.
Communicate. Exercise. Set clear boundaries.
I could go on, but I wanted to share how some of the “big shots” out there have actually dealt with this themselves. I have my own list of heroes. I also asked other working parents who they look up to in this regard.
Here’s what we came up with:
#1 B.C. Forbes
“I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making.”
#2 Brian Dyson (CEO, CocaCola)
“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 it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest. Value has a value only if its value is valued.”
#3 Denis Waitley (motivational speaker)
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
#4 Steve Jobs (Apple)
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
#5 Christopher Moore (writer)
“Children see magic because they look for it.”
#6 David Cameron (former UK prime minister)
“I love Sunday morning’s cooking pancakes with the children, it’s pretty messy but I love doing things like that.
‘I’ve got a nine-year-old, seven-year-old and a soon to be three-year-old, and doing things with them at the weekend is actually a great way of switching off.
‘It’s difficult to think too much about work/politics if you’re in danger of burning the pancakes.”