I am reading Mitch Joel’s blog where he tells a story of Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google, responding to a question: “Do you have work/life balance?”
With all of the perks, gimmicks and toys that seem to be part of the life of a Googler, and their commitment to 20% time to focus on areas of your own interest… this could be an interesting answer.
Patrick’s answer: “You don’t take a job like this if you want balance”.
I love the simple honesty. It rings true.
Anything worthwhile comes with required sacrifices. I wrote last week about choosing to suffer for 15 minutes each day.
The key is that the arrangement is a conscious choice, an open accepting of the realities of life. Idealism creates a lot of suffering. Patrick could be an idealist and say “I want to be successful at Google, and play golf off of a 3 handicap, and be home every day by 6pm…” but then he would not be CFO at Google…
Reality can suck, but it is real.
What are your thoughts?