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September 14, 2020

Work-Life Integration Over Work-Life Balance – with Mark Timm

Mark Timm

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A lot of folks can feel like rockstars in their small business or at the office, but at the same time feel like failures at home. One solution to consider is striving for work-life integration instead of work-life balance.

But what is work-life integration? How is it different from work-life balance?

To help us solve this work-life puzzle, I invited Mark Timm on the show.

Mark has been a serial entrepreneur and exponential-thinking practitioner for two decades. Today, Mark believes his most important role is as CEO of the most valuable business in the world: his family of six young adults with his wife, Ann. 

If you're interested in improving your relationship with your family, listen to this podcast episode and see if adopting a work-life integration approach could help you.

What are we covering?

Mark and I review the following:

  • The moment Mark realized he was more invested in his work than his family
  • Why Work-Life Integration is better than Work-Life Balance
  • How Mark developed a family mission statement and how it guided their family forward

A family first approach is more important than ever lately. Mark's advice and experience on work-life integration definitely gave me some epiphany moments regarding my relationship with my family. I hope it does for you too!


Interview Takeaways

1. Find Ways to Embrace Work-Life Integration

I see this as a personal challenge to look at my life right now and find ways to include my kids. 

For example, if I want to exercise but I can’t find time because I’m watching with my kids … I need to shift my mindset to “HOW can I exercise with the kids?”

During virtual school lately, I've used our collective lunch breaks to be a time for bike rides around the neighborhood. Am I getting in my typical morning run by myself? No. But I'm exercising and integrating it with quality time with my kids.

What ways can you integrate instead of separate?

2. Create a Family Mission Statement

Just like anything in life, it’s important to define the purpose, the meaning or the “why”. According to Mark, your family is no different.

Define who you want your family to be, what you stand for, and even what you stand against. 

3. Lead by Example

If you want your children to be more collaborative, helpful, kind and caring, then show them the way. 

Be the parent that leads by example so they know how to be a person of integrity, how to treat their spouse with respect, and how to put family first. 

Guest Bio – Mark Timm

Mark Timm has been a serial entrepreneur and exponential-thinking practitioner for two decades. He has started more than a dozen companies, several of which have multiplied and been sold. He has spoken professionally for more than 25 years, giving thousands of speeches to over a million people around the globe.

Today, Mark believes his most important role is as CEO of the most valuable business in the world: his family of six young adults with his wife, Ann. His own experience of dealing with entrepreneurial challenges fueled his passion for helping people balance the demands of family life and business. 

Mark Timm Resources

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“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

 Stephen Covey

What do you think of work-life integration? Is this something you are struggling with?

Please let us know in the comments below.

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Andy Hill

Andy Hill is the award-winning writer, speaker and podcaster behind Marriage, Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping young families build wealth and thrive. Andy's advice and personal finance experience has been featured in major media outlets like Business Insider, MarketWatch, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and NBC News. Trusted as a personal finance influencer and corporate financial wellness speaker by global brands like JLL, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys wrestling with his two kids, singing karaoke with his wife and watching Marvel movies.

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