When asked the question, what is the first thing you do in the morning, one businessperson answered, “That has nothing to do with my business.” Another posted a comment on a link to an article about Kanye West’s branding that the link should be on Facebook because Kanye has nothing to do with business. These business people are looking at their lives through blinders. Things belong in one box or another. This is keeping them from being successful because everything you do and see is connected.
Do you think that if things are bad at work it doesn’t affect you at home? If you have problems at home, can you really turn it off while you’re at work? People talk about work-life balance as if they weren’t part of the same thing. Your work is part of your life. It isn’t separate. You are one complete person, you need to take care of all parts of you if you want to be successful.
Here are three things you can do to take care of the whole person:
- Watch your health: Your mind and body are inexorably connected. If you don’t keep your body healthy, your mind won’t function at its peak. To succeed takes a lot of work. You can’t do it if you’re not at your best.
- Keep your eyes open: You never know where opportunities will come from. The person you need to meet may show up at a networking event, a party, or a family reunion. Your next great idea can come when you’re watching a movie, eating dinner, or standing in the shower. Be aware of the possibilities wherever you are.
- Always be learning: The more you know, the more ideas you will have. Innovation is when you take two ideas that don’t seem to go together and make them work. You can’t do that if you’re not having ideas and not learning new things. Read, watch documentaries, take classes, or watch webinars. Keep learning.