I was recently reading through the internet, and I found an article about fatherhood and workplace flexibility. In the article, the father was talking about changing his life by working fewer hours, having a flexible workplace, and all the benefits he would have in child-rearing – getting to see his kid’s baseball games, having his child clearly know who he is, and all the benefits of being present.
I was grateful to read this article. I think it’s wonderful because this person has taken a path of empowerment. They’ve chosen to build a life that allows them to see their children more. They decided to make decisions based on what their values are rather than accidental happenstance. They’ve used the skills that they prepared in a plan to allow them time to raise their children and to be with them, and I think that’s a great lesson for all of us — this intentionality.
The article focused on many of the benefits of a father working in a flexible workplace, and not working in corporate America and working too many hours. However, there was trade-offs – income, possibly affecting the area the family can afford to live in, school district, career opportunities, and opportunities to work with co-workers at a certain level.
There are trade-offs in everything, and we all have to realize that. Part of what we’re doing is negotiating what’s best for us, picking a path that’s true to us and our needs. If this father’s truly going to go to every baseball game of his child like he says, he’ll certainly miss some business opportunities along the way, and that’s perfectly okay. It’s an intentional decision that this person is making based on their values and wants, and that’s what’s great. They’re building a life that they want, the way that they want. More people should do what they’re doing. They should follow the path of empowerment.
In my signature presentation, The 3 Laws of Empowerment I talk about that, and how to build a life that you love, a life that you want, and how to make sure that you achieve those objectives after all the hard work. All of us have the capability in this day and age. It’s a matter of intentional thought and action to get us to where we want to be.
What do you want your future to look like? What goals do you have? How do you truly want your life structured? Start there and work to the next thing. Let us know in the comments below what you’re working towards.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.