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My friend, James Clear, wrote a very thought-provoking article, titled The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance. You should go check it out.

Imagine a stovetop with four burners. Each burner represents one of the following areas of your life:

1. Health
2. Work
3. Family
4. Friends

The premise is that:

In order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners.

And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.

I found James’ article very thought-provoking and wanted to have a conversation about it with Matt.

We wouldn’t suggest taking the theory as law, but it provided some great food for thought. For instance, I find the lack of a “Personal Time” category peculiar. One could argue that would go under “Health” but that seems like stretching it.

Regardless, we really just took the theory at face value as a starting point for a conversation.

I don’t expect you to agree with everything. Certainly your priorities are unique. I just expect you to think. If I get you to think, I’ve done my job.

Thanks again to James Clear for writing such a thought-provoking article.

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