Life+Stuff: The hotplates
It’s about hotplates.
One day he is driving with his friend she tells him that if he ever wants to be really successful, he will have to start turning off hotplates.
‘Huh?’ I hear you say. No, this isn’t some obscure cooking tip. The hotplates represent areas of your life; Health, Family, Friends, Career.
The idea is that if you want to be truly brilliant at any one thing, you have to focus. The price of that focus is ignoring other things, or ‘turning off hotplates’.
My problem is that I want to do it all.
As it is, I barely see my family, I don’t exercise enough, I’m overweight and I don’t have the energy to go to every birthday party, launch or exhibition that I get invited to.
The thing is I’m really trying but I just can’t do it. I can’t give up my career (I need to pay the rent) and I refuse to give up my health. This leaves friends and family. I’ve already lost touch with loads of friends so I guess you could say I turned that hotplate down.
But then what? Aren’t friends and family the heart of a happy life? And what about time to yourself? How on earth do people do this grown-up life thing?
The ultimate question is, ‘Is it OK to be mediocre in return for a balanced life?’
What do you think?