First, let me apologize that the article I’m referencing for today’s inquisition was featured on Oprah.com (though I found it on CNN).Â However, I will personally vouch for the validity of the topic, at least in the business world.
The article, entitled The Price of Saying No at Work, describes the lifestyle choice each person makesÂ when drawing boundaries at work, and claims that those who get to the very top do so by always saying yes. The conclusion is that very few people can have it all.Â Â Most of us must make sacrifices in either our personal or professional lives to achieve a balance that is comfortable to us.
TheÂ quote thatÂ resonated withÂ me the most was, “You know why I never say no? … Because I think about the consequences of someone else saying yes.”Â I think this is a problem most upwardly mobile people face, unlessÂ theirÂ skillset is specialized, rare, and in-demand.
The article alsoÂ suggests that these decisions can be harder for womenÂ thanÂ men, because women are traditionally expected to compensate for men’s absence at home, but the reverse doesn’t necessarily apply.
So…do you struggle to achieve or maintain a work/life balance?Â And if so, where do you draw the line?