Jeff Bezos Says You’re Living Your Life All Wrong If You Want True Happiness, and Here’s Why
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is one of the most powerful CEOs in the world. And while he has worked extremely hard to build the Amazon brand, he keeps his personal life in check, too. Now, he’s gone on the record to say that the way to keep a balanced and happy life isn’t what we think.
Here’s why Bezos hates the idea of a work-life “balance” and what he thinks we should do instead (check out page 4).
Employers often promote a ‘work-life balance’ in the workplace
Years ago, work-life balance didn’t matter. Employers weren’t concerned with how hard people worked at their jobs, and mental health days were virtually unheard of. But today, things have changed. And now, the term “work-life balance” is heard at nearly every workplace. The idea is that people who spend more time with their families or doing things they like will, in turn, perform better at work because their mental health is in a good place. But Bezos hates that term.
Next: Bezos has an uncommon approach to his own work life.
But Bezos’ approach to his work life is very unconventional
If one had to guess Bezos’ morning routine, they’d probably think he wakes up at 5 a.m., puts on a suit, and works for the next 12 hours. But actually, Bezos has an uncommon approach to work: He never sets an alarm, and he hasn’t scheduled a meeting before noon in years. Actually, Bezos hates meetings and does whatever he can to avoid them. But this keeps him happy, and that’s important.
Next: Bezos actually hates everything about work-life ‘balance.’
He recently revealed that he hates the term ‘work-life balance’
At a recent awards event, Bezos explained that he actually hates the idea of a work-life balance. He said that he tells all employees, from interns to executives, to stop trying to achieve the perfect balance between work and home life. He says the idea of creating a “balance” means that there must be a trade-off between the two. But to Bezos, living a happy life is not about drawing a fine line between work and home. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.
Next: Here’s what Bezos suggests we do instead.
He encourages employees to view their work and personal lives as a ‘circle’ instead of a trade-off
Instead of dividing work and life into two separate entities that need to be cared for equally, Bezos recommends taking a more holistic approach and looking at the two as a circle rather than a balancing act. According to Business Insider, Bezos wants his employees to look at work and life as two integrated parts that rely on each other for success. He said if he’s happy at home, he has more energy at work. And if he’s happy at work, he has more energy at home.
Next: Here’s how Bezos keeps a positive life at home.
Bezos makes sure that he keeps a positive, normal home life
Bezos’ home life is not what you’d expect. He might run one of the most powerful companies in the world, but he still finds time to eat breakfast with his family every morning. And he’s always home for dinner, too, because he does the dishes after work, according to Business Insider. But Bezos said keeping that kind of routine is what keeps him happy. “It actually is a circle,” he said. “It’s not a balance.”
Next: Here’s how Bezos helps his employees stay positive at work.
Amazon offers company perks that are nontraditional to the workplace
Bezos’ idea of a comfortable workplace has always differed a bit from most companies. His work perks are unconventional. Recently, the Amazon headquarters in Seattle unveiled new rainforest domes, which it named the Spheres Complex. The domes are meant to be calming and serve as inspiration for new ideas. Bezos is constantly thinking of ways to improve the lives of his employees in a way that still garners the most creativity possible.
Next: Is Bezos’ innovative way of life what’s drawing so many people to Amazon?
Bezos’ way of life could explain why so many cities are vying to be the company’s next location
Bezos takes the idea of a “circle” of work and home life and applies it to his company. This could be why so many locations have proposed incredible opportunities to be the location of the next Amazon headquarters (HQ2, as Amazon is calling it). Not only would Amazon provide jobs and boost the economy, but it also might make for overall happier people. Bezos has been at the forefront of both technology innovation and simplification in the past few years. And while he might not know everything, his theory of circular living could be one we should all get on board with.
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