It's been a busy few days. On top of my usual full docket of career counseling clients, writing my weekly AOL article and weekly USNews.com article, giving a talk to 100 people at Experience Unlimited, and responding to tons of email, I was on five radio shows, mainly questioning whether work-life balance is a goal we all should strive for.
Indeed work-life-balance activists would label me "out of balance"
and a "workaholic," evoking comparison to "alcoholic," addicted to
In fact, it's all been inordinately energizing. And amid it all, I found time to garden, play the piano,
hike every day with my doggie Einstein, help my 88-year-old mom, and
hang out with my wife. I will admit I didn't spend any time watching TV,
playing golf, etc.
In case you'd like to listen, here are the radio shows I've been on since Sunday:
Of course, I was on my own show (NPR-San Francisco) which I devoted to raising questions about three career "truths."
KGO's (ABC-San Francisco) Ronn Owens Program is among the most listened-to on the West Coast. Talkers magazine named Ronn Owens one of the 25 Greatest Talk Show Hosts of All Time. Monday, I appeared on his show for about my 100th time. The interview was an hour long and covered such topics as: When it is and isn't wise to follow your passion, the pros and cons of for-profit vs. non profit careers, and colleges that still are accepting applications for the fall. HERE is the link.
Also, on Monday, I was on WHYY (NPR-Philadelphia) for an hour questioning whether work-life balance is a goal all people should strive for. I argued that, for example, the clerk who spends workweek hours 40-50 ensuring that everyone is paid promptly should not be denigrated as a workaholic but praised as a hard worker or even a hero. I also explained why shorter hours may not address the real reason people are stressed at work. HERE is an excerpt.
Today, I was on the CBC (Canada's NPR) for an hour, also talking about the whether we are too universally extolling work-life balance and unfairly labeling hard workers with the term "workaholic." The host pretty much took the other side. I leave it to you to decide if I held my own. HERE is the link to that hour.
And as I mentioned in the previous post, today I offered very basic job-search advice to teens on NPR's Marketplace HERE is the link.
I hope you find these audio recordings useful and maybe even vaguely entertaining.