Do You Live to Work or Work to Live?

I know. If you say you work to live, it conjures up images of a dutiful employee who puts in her hours, gets the job done so she can live it up on weeknights and weekends.

If you say you live to work, you are a workaholic with no life whatsoever. 

It's time we change that dichotomous notion.

I am proud to say I live to work! Yes, that’s right. You can call me a workaholic, and I probably fit that description if you define it as someone who seems to always be working. But here’s the thing. I love what I do!

I am fascinated by the process of personal and professional transformation. I am intrigued when I find leaders who want to move into greater self-awareness, grow their business, create a positive change, and see their future different than their past. I love diving into the challenges and nuances of effectively moving people and businesses forward. There is so much to learn about what makes people tick and why they do what they do. I thrive when I am invited into someone’s business and life to cultivate new ways of working, new ways of thinking and new opportunities. I get downright giddy when I can introduce two people whose lives are better because they met! Changing behaviors, stepping outside of your comfort zone and reframing the old worn-out narrative about who you are and what you do -- seeing yourself differently – wow! I eat that stuff up!

So am I a workaholic? Maybe, but I am ok with that. When you are passionate about what you do, when you are fully engaged in your work, you are in the flow. Life is more exciting, more gratifying, and more meaningful. Your work feels effortless and your results are exceptional. If that’s how you define a workaholic… then I am guilty as charged, but I prefer to say I live to work because I am passionate about the work I do.   

What about you? Do you live to work because you are passionate about it? Or are you stuck in a work to live rut? If so, it’s time to take action. It’s time to figure out how you can see yourself differently, step out of your comfort zone and recreate a work life that fully engages you.

Let us know if we can help!


Abby Donnelly