Oh, that elusive life-work balance. Everybody is after it, especially entrepreneurs. Some people even succeed.
Among those who seem to have succeeded are six women doctors in Irvine, California. Five of them are mothers and they manage to balance life with their work. They do it by working part-time.
Most Americans do just the opposite — they work full-time and make their lives part-time.
A recent article in the Orange County Register profiles the part-time doctors. One of the interesting nuggets in the story is that by working less, the doctors actually contribute more to their practices. That’s because they can lift their heads up from their work and get out in the community and market their practice:
“The doctors chose part-time work to spend more time with their own children. In the process, they have become great marketers for Irvine Pediatrics because they are out in the community, volunteering at schools and getting to know their neighbors.”
It’s what others have referred to as “working on, not in, the business.”
Hat tip for the link to Bill Weber at the Thinking Big blog.