From Business Insider:
Taking time off for family or passions "can offer a nice life," legendary GE CEO Jack Welch once told The Wall Street Journal. But he said that it lessens the chances for promotion or to reach the top of a career path.
Welch is not the only one who believes this.
It's easy to dismiss these attitudes as outdated, macho, and unreasonable. But it's possible that people seeking work-life balance are just avoiding finding a way to work extremely hard and be very happy about it.
Marty Nemko, a career coach, author, columnist, and radio host, argues that the most successful and contented people prefer a heavily work-centric life over work-life balance.
"The real winners of the world, the people that are the most productive, think that this notion of work-life balance is grossly overrated," Nemko told Business Insider. "Most of the highly successful and not-burned out people I know work single-mindendly towards a goal they think is important, whether it's developing a new piece of software, inventing something, or a cardiologist who's seeing patients on nights and weekends instead of playing Monopoly with his kids on the weekend."
I guess that depends on one's definition of "success".
Look, people can live their lives however they choose. But to say the "real winners" are those who work 70 hours a week, and don't see their kids on the weekend — well, that's a single-minded, monetaristic viewpoint.
They may be monterily successful, but are they HAPPY? And even if they are happy in their job, is that fulfilling for life?
This Nemko guy is obviously a live-to-work guy, and that's fine. But some of us like to work-to-live. We don't want to wait until we retire to enjoy the finer things in life. In any event, we're certainly not "losers" for thinking that.