Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Why You Can't Have It All

Katie Sweeney

If you’ve enviously looked at the lives of successful tech entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer and wondered How on earth can they manage it all?’, a recent Inc. article has the answer to your question. They don’t manage it all, because they can’t have it all. According to Randy Zuckerberg (Mark’s sister), it’s impossible to have everything—work, sleep, family, fitness, and friends. She explains the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance as an entrepreneur in one simple tweet: “The entrepreneur's dilemma: Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time w/family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. Pick 3.”

Storenvy founder Jon Crawford agrees: “It's true,” he says. “In order to kick ass and do big things, I think you have to be imbalanced. If you want to spend a lot of time with your friends and see all the Oscar-nominated movies and get good sleep at night and exercise, then it’s going to be hard to give a start-up everything it needs.” Having worked as a personal assistant to a powerful and high-profile couple, I tend to side with Zuckerberg and Crawford. While the couple I worked for had tons of hired help like myself, they were just far too busy to do it all and often had to choose between attending a meeting or a parent-teacher conference.

To learn more about this topic, read The Art of Not Having It All.

What’s your take on the matter? Can you have it all or just three of the five options?

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