Nigel Marsh is the author of "Fat, Forty and Fired" and "Overworked and Underlaid."
classic corporate warrior
It was the advice that I decided to follow myself when I turned 40. Up until that moment, I had been that classic corporate warrior -- I was eating too much, I was drinking too much, I was working too hard and I was neglecting the family. And I decided that I would try and turn my life around. In particular, I decided I would try to address the thorny issue of work-life balance. So I stepped back from the workforce, and I spent a year at home with my wife and four young children. But all I learned about work-life balance from that year was that I found it quite easy to balance work and life when I didn't have any work. Not a very useful skill, especially when the money runs out. So I went back to work, and I've spent these seven years since struggling with, studying and writing about work-life balance. And I have four observations I'd like to share with you today.在我40岁的时候，我决定采纳并实施这个建议。在那之前，我绝对是个典型的业务精英——我吃的太多，喝得太多，工作太努力，我忽视了自己的家庭。于是我决定试着改变我的生活。 而且我决定，我要尝试处理一个棘手的问题： 即工作与生活的平衡。于是我递交辞呈，赋闲在家，与妻子和四个儿子相处了一年。但是在那一年中关于工作与生活平衡这个问题，我唯一的收获是：如果我不工作，这个问题就会迎刃而解。这的确不怎么管用，尤其是缺钱的时候。 所以我回到工作岗位，七年以来我的挣扎，学习与写作都围绕着工作与生活的平衡这个主题。今天我想跟各位分享四点心得。