How to Make a Living and a Life at the Same Time

We live in a world where success is measured by the amount we earn and the possessions we own. People who make six figure incomes and live in mansions are looked up to… while those who earn a minimum wage are looked down on.

Because of this millions of people struggle to do well in their careers so that they can afford the finer things in life. There is nothing wrong with this and in fact it is admirable.

However, many people end up being so obsessed with their work and money that they sacrifice everything else to get to their goals. They’re so busy making a living that they forget to make a life.

They let their health slide. Their relationships deteriorate… and finally when they have their wealth, they see that they’ve lost everything else. This happens way more often than people realize.

Life is all about balance. This article will show you how you can find peace and balance in a world where everyone is talking about ‘hustling’ and ‘grinding’ just to get rich.

  • Balance is everything

The most important point to note is that you need to know why you’re doing what you do. If you’re trying to provide a better life for your family, that’s great… but don’t do it at the expense of your family. Maintain balance and set time aside to be with your partner or spouse and kids.

The same applies to your health. Watch what you eat and spend about 30 minutes a day on exercise. That’s just 2 percent of your day. Do not tell yourself that you will take care of your health once you’re rich.

  • You’re not getting out alive

Always remember that you’re not getting out of life alive. Every one of us has got to go one day. When that happens, you can’t take your wealth or accolades or anything with you.

Once you understand your own mortality, you’ll realize that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.

So, get your priorities right.

  • It’s not all about the hustle

There are many self-help and business gurus who keep ranting away that one needs to hustle and work as hard as they can to reach their goals. These gurus make it look like being obsessed with your job and business is a good thing.

This is not good advice for most people who just want a little more money to feel more financially secure. Do what you need to in order to get to a point where you feel happy and comfortable.

If your working hours is making you feel sick and exhausted all the time, you need to ease up. If you and your spouse seem like strangers because work takes up all of your time, you need to reevaluate your life.

  • Simplicity and peace of mind

The mansions, flashy cars and sexy women that’s so often portrayed in the media as the symbols of success is not what life is really about. Peace of mind is everything. There are thousands of wealthy people who are miserable.

Aim for peace of mind. Keep your work, health and relationships in balance.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, then dies having never really lived.”