This is fine if your life outside happens to be happy, full and well-balanced, but pretty disastrous if your emotional energy is focused entirely on the business sometimes simply because your personal life is going through a train wreck stage. The situation gets worse if you are very close to the people you work with – as also tends to be the case in family businesses. You become completely vulnerable at work to picking up any problems there may be outside, and completely vulnerable outside to problems at work coming back to haunt you in your personal life. Before you know it, you’re on a downward spiral of confidence in both places. Working with friends and family, I fall into this trap again and again. Coach tells me leave one at door in each case, always clearing any personal stuff before coming to work, and vice versa.
The boundaries of each have to be so clear and set in stone and never the two shall meet. As usual that is in an ideal world… but in the real world, how do people really do it?
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