Im hearing a lot of talk about balance… Be careful of balance.
While I agree its important, and while I agree that having harmony across all parts of your life is a key to happiness, balance can quickly become a cop-out for not sacrificing what you need to sacrifice in order to achieve success in different areas of your life at different points in time.
The hard truth is that success often demands obsession. And obsession and balance are antagonistic; they are complete opposites.
They cannot simultaneously exist at the same point in time.
So, from a short term perspective, you have to choose one over the other. And if you want to be successful in anything you do, you have to choose obsession.
I think people can easily fall into the trap of using balance as an excuse. Using it as a safety net because they are afraid of going all-in and it not working out. They are afraid of failing at one thing, so they spread themselves thin over everything.
That being said, I do understand the importance of balancing all aspects of your life, but I take a much more long term view of balance. I understand that in the short term I am going to need to sacrifice some aspects of my life in order to be successful in others. I am going to need to go through periods of obsession. But when those periods are over I am going to make a conscious effort to focus on the other aspects of my life that have been neglected.
By doing this I am able to focus on obsession in the short term, and balance in the long term.
This is how I reconcile obsession with balance when it comes to achieving success.