How I achieved a better work-life balance

I resigned from my job as a school head teacher recently when my income from the business eventually eclipsed what I was earning in my day job. I now earn more and I have a better work-life balance.

 

I work when I want to and I have a lot of time to myself, which I can dedicate to my family — something I couldn’t do before. It’s a win-win situation.

 

I had become disillusioned with my teaching career. The creativity was disappearing from the job. With the managerial side of running a school, there was a lot of stress, a lot of bureaucracy. I felt like a cog in the machine. With the paperwork that ensued, I started questioning whether it was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

 

Having dedicated my life to educating children, I also found I had very little time for my own offspring. I was so busy at my own school that I couldn’t attend my children’s school meetings, their school concerts, and the key events in their school lives. One of my goals was that, once I’d reached the age of 50, I’d have more time for my family. My son and daughter are both studying at University whilst my wife supports me in my new business role.

 

My motivation now is about personal development, it’s all to do with teaching people to follow their passions. My business is not about selling products, it’s about allowing people to achieve what they want to achieve in their lives. I get the same fulfilment now as I did when I was a classroom teacher which I find very rewarding.

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"I was so busy at my own school that I couldn't attend my children's school meetings, their school concerts, and the key events in their school lives" My business has changed all that.
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I had become disillusioned with his teaching career. The creativity was disappearing from the job" My business has really changed my life.

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