Work to Live. Don’t Live to Work. #HRFL13

Work to live. Don’t live to work.

Each year I encounter a situation that reminds me of this very statement. That I should take more opportunity to live my life versus always dedicating it to work. Well, this year’s encounter came last week when I was at HR Florida 2013, and listening to Aron Ralston open up the conference.

Aron as you know (or you may not know) was trapped in a canyon for 127 hours and ended up cutting his right hand off to get free. The story itself is unreal, but listening to Aron tell it in person is moving and thought provoking. A statement he made through his journey with us, which impacted me was “that boulder gave me a gift; it showed me what was really important in my life”.

My boulder came at that exact moment. I am missing out on life!

I do not want to get to a point where I look back and say, “what have I done besides work”. For those of you who do not know me, I enjoy work. I often say work is my hobby because I truly enjoy it. However, what I have to do is find a good balance. I am not talking about work life balance; rather a balance where I am not living to work.

It isn’t easy to break a work-a-holic, but I have already started making small changes that have made noticeable differences for me. Yet, I know there is more.

Instead of continuing to require these encounters every year to wake me up time and time again, I am going to make this the last one. I am excited for what is to come! Thank you HR Florida for having such a powerful speaker and thank you Aron Ralston for sharing your inspiring story!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Aron’s story, I suggest you pick up his book or if you are not up for reading, check out the movie.

Here is to living life!

If you have stories or experiences where you have shifted gears to live versus always work, I would love to hear them.



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