Mixing Work with Life Makes Existence Inspiring

Choosing work over life, or life over work, is the wrong approach, says Ruth Porat, the former chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley and the new CFO at Google.


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Choosing work over life, or life over work, is the wrong approach, says Ruth Porat, the former chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley and the new CFO at Google. It's more important to maintain a mixture that allows change to take place over time, she says, meaning that sometimes life is the priority and other times work gets the majority of our attention.

If anyone would know about creating a mixture of life and work, it's Porat. Married for 27 years with three children, she credits her business success to the joy that comes with having a family. And her recent ascension to the heights of Google is Big Think Edge's case-in-point.

"If you’re just focused on work, my view is that you’ll never get enough back from any organization no matter how fantastic the role is and you have to have a full life, so that you really get enriched in a lot of different ways and that can be family and kids. It can be for others sports. ... And the main thing for me is it’s not about having balance; it’s about having mix."

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