• Ali Assareh

Don't separate work and life. Re-align them towards higher purpose.

When I was a junior associate in Big Law, there were a number of popular "tricks" to try to keep work and life "separate." These included,


- Having 2 cellphones, one for work, one for life;

- Trying not to answer emails after-hours or on weekends, and getting really upset when we inevitably had to;

- Trying to keep work friends at a distance (compared to life friends); and

- Saying things like, "I'm here to work, not to make friends!"


As I progressed in my career and watched excellent, inspiring leaders in action, I realized that great leaders don't try to separate work and life.


Rather, they try to re-align both work and life, in the same direction, towards a higher / larger purpose.


Work is part of life; and, as importantly, life is part of work, too.


If work and life are aligned in the same direction, ANYTHING you do to advance your life advances your work, and vice versa.


A friend is a friend, whether at work, or in life.


Like a rowing boat: better if work and life row in the same direction.


Don't separate work and life. Re-align them towards higher purpose.




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