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What Matters Most In Life – Jennifer Lopez And Davido Speaks

What matters most in life_Material things are becoming useless..

What matters most in life differs at different times and for different people.

Jennifer Lopez says 2020 taught her what ‘matters most’ in life during E! People’s Choice Awards speech. But she is not the only one catching a rainbow in the sunshine. Popstar and multiple award-winning artiste, Davido also had a moment of reflection on life. He gave a good guess on what he thinks matters most in life.

“Oh, my God 2020 man, 2020 was no joke, right?” Lopez said while accepting the Icon Award.

“I mean, before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award, getting nominated for that award. We were caught up on who sold the most records or who had the biggest box office opening or crazy stuff. This year was the great leveler. It showed us what mattered, what didn’t and for me, reinforced what matters most, people.”

Lopez had a few surprises before she began her speech. Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and her children were among those who appeared virtually to share their admiration.

Is This What We All Want?

“Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch. And I realize it’s what I strive for in everything I do, to reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, shared experiences, to know that we’re not in this alone,” Lopez went on to say.

“Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going. And sometimes when I’m tired or beaten down like a lot of us have been this year, it’s my family, my friends, my babies and my fans – you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn’t lift myself.”

Lopez began her career as a dancer on “In Living Color” before finding success as an actor, singer and producer.

She spoke about perseverance. “As a Latina and as a woman, we have to sometimes work twice as hard to get the opportunity. Sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions made the people around me nervous. People would say, you’re a dancer, you can’t be an actress. The more they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to,” she said.

“So now here I stand, so very grateful, knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold but from the love that I feel from all of you and yes, I feel it.”

Material Things Are Becoming Useless

What matters most in life can change with the loss of a dear friend. Popstar, Davido, known to flaunt his wealth and jewelry on social media stated that material things are becoming useless to him. 

“I feel like material things are just becoming useless to me every day.” The Fem singer said while being featured on Apple Music Radio’s Africa Now with DJ Cuppy. 

“I just lost a friend, he is from Zimbabwe, he was my very close friend. He was an amazing, and a very great and loving guy, Ginimbi. What did he not have? He had it all,” he said.

“At the end of the day what his death made me realize is that all we have in this life is the air we breathe. You might be poor or rich but whatever situation you find yourself just be happy that you are alive,” he went on to say.

Davido’s new album release has a perky song that opens the LP, “Fem” (“Shut Up”). It recently became a protest song for Nigerians demonstrating to end police brutality and corruption. He have already proved himself across Africa and Europe, and sung alongside American and British superstars. He have been signed to multinational labels, and his music have drawn millions of streams.

Image: Jennifer Lopez, People’s Icon of 2020, accepts the award onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards. Photo by Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU/Photo Bank via Getty Images/grapejuice

Image: Davido/ghgossip

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I am a CEO with stage 4 cancer. Let me tell you about life

I’m a CEO with stage 4 cancer. Here’s what I can tell you about life

image: Getty/CEO’s major lesson after cancer diagnosis/I Am A CEO With A Stage 4 Cancer. Let Me Tell You About Life.

As the CEO of US real estate company, Keyrenter Franchise, Aaron Marshall spent around 60 to 90 hours per week at work. That all changed when he was diagnosed with stage two and stage four cancer in his appendix, colon and liver.

“After a diagnosis of cancer, it changes your entire thinking,” Marshall told Yahoo Finance. “It helps put things in perspective, and things that once were a priority were no longer so.”

I Am A CEO With Stage 4 Cancer

In the beginning, Marshall considered stepping down from his role as CEO, but his wife urged him to stay on.

“My wife gave me the advice I needed – she said, ‘you need something to get yourself out of bed in the morning’,” he said.

As a CEO, it can be hard to take your foot off the pedal and allow your staff to do the hard yards. But this is exactly what Marshall had to do if he was going to continue.

“I knew I needed to focus on healing my body, but I also needed something to get me out of bed. I re-prioritised my days and delegated many tasks to my capable team,” he said.

And this is one of those that always seems impossible. “I empowered them to succeed in their roles. And now, I meet with them one-on-one each week to ensure they are confident in what they are doing. The company has a vision and each team member is part of that.”

But while Marshall finally learned the importance of having a great work-life balance, he said his biggest lesson through it all was this: “Life is precious.”

“Even more so now, I encourage people to find their passion and follow it,” he said.

Live Like There’s No Expiration Date

Despite his cancer diagnosis, Marshall said he doesn’t believe in expiration dates. He believes everyone should live the same way, cancer or not.

“Growing up, my parents always said they would vacation and do more things once they retired and had more time,” Marshall said.

“Shortly after retirement, my mum was diagnosed with a disease that put her in a wheelchair. They have made travel work in their retirement, but it’s not the way they envisioned.”

So, Marshall made a decision early on not to wait.

“Life is about the journey, and we need to enjoy it. We need not wait until some future day that may never come,” he said. “Since my diagnosis, this drive has only increased. I want to make memories with my family, and spend time with them, enjoying life and guiding them as they become of age and make decisions on their own.”

His one piece of advice? “Enjoy life.”

I Am A CEO With Stage 4 Cancer – And I Know Being Positive Is A Choice

Marshall said he’s become something of a mentor to his peers and colleagues, and the one question they always ask him is, “how do you stay so positive?”

And the answer is simple: positivity is intentional.

“I have had many challenges throughout my life that shaped me to be the man I am today,” Marshall said.

“From birth, being born with a cleft palate, the surgeries, the speech delays. I had a drive to overcome these challenges. As I look back, I realise these were all lessons that are helping me today with my current cancer challenge.”

And while his cancer diagnosis might be out of his control, the key to staying positive is to focus on what you can control.

“I don’t just take what my doctor tells me. If I did, it would be hard to stay positive,” he said. “Instead, I focus on what I can control – my diet, my attitude, exercise, life balance, and I am not afraid to change directions if needed.”

“I still have bad days, and sometimes we need to feel those feelings, but I don’t dwell on them. I let them come and then I get up and get moving.”

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LinkedIn Is Now Having Work-Life Integrations

LinkedIn launches Stories, plus Zoom, BlueJeans and Teams video integrations as part of wider redesign

As the world continues to struggle with Covid-19, the employment market remains sluggish. Layoffs and furlough’s are still the other of the day. And those who have survived either are still managing the guilt therefrom. LinkedIn that has built its popular businesses largely around recruitment is redesigning the platform to prepare for the future.

The company is launching a redesign that pushes engagement in other ways as it waits for the job economy to pick up. The wraps is been taken off a new redesign of its desktop and mobile apps, its first in four years. And within that, LinkedIn is introducing several new things starting in the US and Canada, and then expanding globally.

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned site is rolling out its own version of Stories — the popular, ephemeral video and photo narratives. The same format that have become a major engagement engine on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.

It has also updated its direct messaging service with several new features like video chat. And rebuilt its search feature to net in a wider set of parameters.

The Message To LinkedIn’s User Base Is This: We Can Be Useful In Other Ways.

LinkedIn has been working on ways to make itself and its job tools particularly relevant to people in the last eight months. Job posting has really slowed down of late, and the recruitment network hasn’t been used very well by its 706 million registered users.

LinkedIn will very much hope to continue being a recruitment go-to, but the rolled out changes is the company’s demonstration of its other purposes.

LinkedIn’s Diversification To Bring In Social Network Conversations Style And Format

“The effort didn’t start with Covid, but over the last few years we’ve tried to diversify, by bringing the social network and conversations aspects of our platform to the forefront,” and Kiran Prasad, LinkedIn’s VP of product, in an interview.

Stories have been one of the most notable developments across all social media in recent years. So it’s not too much of a surprise to see LinkedIn also jumping on the bandwagon.

It started testing them about a while ago in a handful of countries — Brazil, Netherlands, UAE, Australia, and France. The company said that “millions” of Stories have been shared in that time, across hundreds of thousands of conversations. As you would expect, the subjects focus more on things like work life, and influencer types speaking to their LinkedIn audiences in a more engaging format.

For now, Prasad said that there are no ads in these, but the plan will be to bring these in eventually.

Messaging, meanwhile, has been one of the more popular services on LinkedIn, allowing for more private conversations between connections and would-be contacts.

Voice Of Esau, Body Of Jacob – LinkedIn Integrates With Teams, Zoom, And Bluejeans

LinkedIn is also announcing integration with Zoom, BlueJeans, and Microsoft’s Teams for video chats.

Alongside that, it is also bringing in the ability to recall, delete and edit messages. Users will also be able to respond with emoji’s, and tools that flag incendiary and other harassing content.

The search updates will improve how people engage across the platform. Search results will now include not just people and companies, but jobs, courses, events and other content. Ultimately, “making it easier for members to find what they need, and also explore other aspects of LinkedIn they may not have known existed,” in the words of new CEO Ryan Roslansky.

Keywords will still be king. But if you search on a word like “Java,” he said, results will include not just people with that skill, but jobs, courses, groups and, yes, Stories, focused on it.

Not Cold Lukewarmness, But Warmth – You Cannot Spew LinkedIn Out

The focus of the redesign, is best described as a shift to more “warmth.” The company is shifting to less of the cold “LinkedIn Blue”, to bigger lettering for more accessibility, and more images with less text.

We may still be in the knowledge economy, but LinkedIn’s new approach seems less intent on trying to remind you of that. Indeed, as work and home life become one for many of us, so too is LinkedIn trying to cross that chasm itself. LinkedIn may now be having work-life integration.

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Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis In The Making


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Since the beginning of the pandemic, Human Resources Executives have been up and doing, solving a myriad of evolving people issues. While working from home solved the problem of employees exposure to COVID-19 while in the office, or commuting; school closure created another one for them at home.

The school situation this fall is anything but normal. Parents are anxious, many are facing months of full-time or partial at-home learning. How will they juggle remote work with their children’s need for help with their virtual schooling? Will they have to choose between their jobs and their kids?

Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis Is Forcing Parents To Choose Between Their Jobs and Their Kids

The answer needs to be “no,” since these are evolving pandemic induced HR crisis. It’s on employers’ shoulders to make sure parents can continue to succeed at work and at home during these chaotic times.

By providing support to employees, companies also win in the long-term. They will have better retention of top talent and a more positive, productive culture.

This is an issue that affects the millions of parents who make up about one-third of the U.S. workforce, half of whom are currently without childcare. And it hits the more than 25 million working mothers especially hard. They are more likely than dads to leave the workforce when childcare needs can’t be met.


Are There Plans Or Support Programs To Tackle The Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis

This is nothing short of an HR crisis in the making. Yet research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that most companies are severely lacking a plan to support working parents.

“It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis.”

Those plans must include granting employees greater autonomy and flexibility. Typically, research shows that remote workers are more productive when they’re untethered from the office. They even put in more hours on average than traditional workers.

A True Silver Lining In The Storm

If companies truly want to support parents struggling with unusual school schedules, it’s not enough to simply continue work-from-home arrangements. Below are quick tips:

Have a “life comes first” attitude. The lines between work and life are blurred for us all, whether we work in an office or out of our living room. When email, chats and texts can follow us home, it’s no longer easy to find work-life balance.

Get casual, get comfortable. Kids, pets and other household members will drop into video calls. Meetings will get canceled or cut short for family reasons, and interruptions happen. These are all realities of remote work, especially when kids are home all day.

As you’re navigating these challenging times, remember that we’re all in this together. Everyone is struggling. If your company can grant employees extra flexibility, trust and help them. Build a stronger community through this crisis.

It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis. The result will be a stronger company culture and happier, more loyal employees — a true silver lining in the storm.

The above is not the full story. Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write by Larry English at www.hrdive.com. Larry English is president at Centric Consulting and the author of Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams.

Consult Gens Y And Z To Forge Post-Pandemic Workplaces


Consult Gens Y and Z/Deloitte’s 2020 Global Millennial Survey reveals top concerns for younger workers.

Following the pandemic, organisational leaders need to carefully seek and consider Gen Y and Gen Z viewpoints in the workplace. This is one of the conclusions from Deloitte’s report on its 2020 Global Millennial Survey.

The report is based on the views of more than 27,000 survey respondents. It also concluded that, “the viewpoints of Millennials and Gen Zs will be critical” when creating new, and hopefully improved workplace structures whenever the pandemic recedes.

Survey report recommendation for leaders

  • Promote dialogue with Gen Y and Gen Z employees. Listen to their concerns, and strive to understand why certain issues really matter to them.
  • Ask for input on how they can make the workplace more accommodating and flexible.
  • Help employees prepare for the future by providing training and tools. Especially the ones that will enable them to succeed and realise both their personal and professional ambitions.

Recognising the three-fold benefit to employees, businesses, and society

Deloitte said that leaders should recognise the three-fold benefit to employees, businesses, and society at large, when “purpose-led actions” are taken. These includes:

  • Showing a commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.
  • Demonstrating a purpose beyond profit. One that is focused on the needed shift from shareholder capitalism to a broader stakeholder capitalism.
  • Addressing climate change and implementing environmental sustainability programmes.
  • Providing more opportunities for employees to be engaged in their communities.
  • Ensuring diversity and inclusion across the business. Promoting compensation structures that reduce income inequality and create a fair distribution of wealth.
  • Making employee mental health a priority for employers, if it’s not already. All employers should research and understand the root causes of mental health challenges amongst workers in general, and their own people in particular. Thereafter, create or update programmes based on their findings.

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A shifting result across generations

Deloitte’s annual Global Millennial Survey has been running for nine years. Fieldwork for this year’s survey started in November. It was followed by a smaller-scale pulse survey in a reduced number of 13 countries.

The pulse survey found that only a third of Millennials and 38% of Gen Zs said their employment or income status had been unaffected by the coronavirus. There was an eight-point fall in anxiety levels for both groups compared with the main survey. The main survey had indicated that around half (48%) of Gen Z and 44% of Millennials were stressed all or most of the time.

Reasons for the shift in survey results


  • Delayed training courses.
  • More difficult to connect with new team.
  • Days were longer when working at home.
  • Worrying about at risk loved ones.
  • Deeper thoughts and consideration on if it is necessary to go to the shops or safe to go out somewhere.
  • Need to constantly measure risks of everyday activities, especially those done before without a second thought.

Stress relievers

  • Decreased stress levels because of cut in commuting.
  • Conscious effort to improve work/life balance.
  • More opportunity to spend time with family.

The above stresses the need to consult Gens Y and Z in order to forge a workable post-pandemic workplace.

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Work-Family Balance Was Tough. Then The Pandemic Hit.

Work-Family Balance Was Never Easy. Then the Pandemic Hit.

The pandemic-induced shutdown has showed us, among other lessons, how hard it really is to juggle work-family balance.

Christians Jeff and André Shinabarger started wondering about this tension long before the pandemic. “We say oftentimes that if we change the world and lose our family, we lose,” Jeff said. “And that starts with my relationship with André, our individual relationship, and how that impacts the rest of our family.”

The career on a road trip

Over two years ago, the Shinabargers—husband Jeff, the founder of startup network Plywood People and wife André, a physician’s assistant—launched a podcast called Love or Work. They were interviewing couples and relationship experts about marriage, family, purpose, work-life balance and how they are prioritizing their vocations and their marriages.

Now Jeff and André have co-authored Love or Work: Is It Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love & Raise a Healthy Family?

The Shinabargers recently spoke from their home in Atlanta with author Dorcas Cheng-Tozun. They discussed how Christians might think through the tension around work, ambition, relationships, and parenting during these unusual times.


In the book you address head-on that managing work-family balance is much harder for women. What would you say to women who are really struggling to have it all?

André: We wrote this book before COVID. And now, we’re like, “Oh, it’s even more important.” The tension was real before COVID, and now the tension is exponentially more real. If anyone feels it, it’s the working mom, and especially, the single working mom.

In our research, it was pretty evident that men did not sacrifice their work for their partner as much as women sacrificed for men. As we’re seeing with COVID, all of a sudden, all the childcare responsibilities seem to automatically get delegated to the woman.

I get that we often birthed the child out of our bodies, but the kid belongs to both of us. The male, the person you’re partnering with, has just as much responsibility for the childcare and for what happens to these kids than the woman.

“It’s hard for me to see that women are the ones who are going to pull out of the workforce.”

If it was a true partnership, men would be just as likely to pull out of the workforce as women.

Jeff and I talk a lot about moving from patriarchy to partnership. Having the viewpoint that whatever works best for your family, is what should be done.

What statistic in your research most surprised you?

André: The first is that people are so optimistic. 95 percent of people believe that you can do it all. You can both work, have a healthy family, and stay in love. 83 percent of couples say that working has made them better parents.

I thought that was really interesting too because oftentimes I think I’m not the best parent because I’m out working. I feel guilty or somewhat discouraged that I’m not with my kids more.

“It was interesting to see that the things we are sacrificing are our physical, spiritual, mental, emotional health. We’re going after it, we’re doing it all, and then we’re needing to sacrifice. We’re sacrificing ourselves, really.”

Yet there are also so many that say they’re exhausted, they’re tired, they feel overwhelmed. They aren’t able to really stay healthy.

Only 29 percent say they’re satisfied with their physical health, and 21 percent with their financial security. These are dual-income couples.

How has your faith affected the way you’ve pursued all these things together—marriage, family, and work?

Jeff: Both of us have a deep perspective that we were made to do things unique, and that is part of our calling. What’s interesting is that, pieces of our past would say that only one of our callings is most important.

And that is not true with what we believe related to our faith. How we were made, designed, and created. What’s interesting is that, if I believe those things for me and I believe those things for André, then it’s shaped how we live, not just how I live.

We’ve had to have some interesting conversations about how we were raised in our faith, and what our faith is today. Those have been constants for us—how we’re made, what our sense of work and calling includes, and how that has played out in our partnership.

Coming from an evangelical background, I can sometimes think it’s wrong or selfish to want it all. It’s like I have a voice inside of me saying, I should just be content with what I have. I shouldn’t strive so hard to have so much.

A ‘stronger’ half to work, a ‘better’ half to sacrifice work out of love or it’s just the voice of patriarchies past

André: Our faith has affected the way we’ve pursued all these things together—marriage, family, and work? And I agree with this one hundred percent. That is something that we as women who have been raised in the church have often felt. It’s been modeled for us.

We haven’t been able to speak in the churches. We haven’t been able to be pastors. We’ve been relegated to childcare and hospitality ministries. When that is your model, then what do you think that you’re supposed to do as you get older?

I think it’s so limiting to the fullness of what God has created for women to be and do. We’re limiting the gifts that we have, that God has given us as women. We are doing this by just holding onto these patriarchal viewpoints that the church has taught us throughout history.

I’m just not for it anymore.

I can’t imagine a God that would hold me back and say you’re not quite good enough for that. I don’t believe it.

Quite frankly, I think God wants the fullness of us to be lived. We never question a man if he has these huge dreams and passions, and wants to live them out. We never question him and ask if that’s selfish. But we definitely do that for women.

Jeff: Sometimes we think that voice is the right voice. We think that’s God. If André said that to me, I would tell her, “Don’t let the voice of patriarchies past define or minimize your purpose of the future.”

That is the not the voice of fear that our family will listen to going forward.

We are collectively in a really difficult season right now. Most couples I know, especially if they have young kids, are overstretched. Many families are struggling significantly with financial stress and isolation. What encouragement can you give to couples during this season?

Jeff: This is an unusual time. It’s a time that hopefully as a family we’ll all remember as uniquely different. We’ve spent more time as a close nuclear family than we may ever in our lives.

Accepting that as the new reality and enjoying the time together is the opportunity. That’s the beautiful side of it. I’ve talked to many families who feel closer than they ever have, to the people that they should be closest to.

I also would say that if you haven’t addressed things in your relationship with your partner, a lot of that stuff will come out during this time. And it can make thing very difficult.

One thing we learned through our research was that we each individually need time on our own, and we need time together.

In the midst of the pandemic, we also need to get creative, and figure out what a little date night can look like. When we do, we are reminded of how much we love each other.

Now that you’ve completed all your research and written your book, how would you answer the question in your subtitle – Is it Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love & Raise a Healthy Family – have a work-family balance?

Jeff: I do believe it’s possible. And I think it’s really hard. The only way it can work for us is if we’re on the same team and are for one another.

In order for us to both do this, we both have to give up things at times to be able to maintain it all. And we have both given up opportunities at times for the sake of the other.

It is one of the things that came out in our research. We would ask all these people this question at the end of our podcast – is it possible to change the world, stay in love & raise a healthy family – have a work-family balance?

Again, 95 percent of the people said, “Yes, it’s possible.” And then they would all say, “But…” And they would have some caveat they would add —every single one of them. So that was this commonality we saw. A lot of things have to work together, and you have to work together with the person you love to make it happen.

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, editor, and international communications consultant. She is the editorial director of the new Reclaim Magazine and the author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World. Also, author of Let There d.light: How One Social Enterprise Brought Solar Products to 100 Million People. Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, has also written about the unique dynamics around faith, calling, and marriage. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.

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Sarah Boris on why we all need to take steps back from Work

Sarah Boris on how the pandemic has changed her life, and why we all need to take a step back from work

Portrait of Sarah Boris – Photography by Lorna Allan

Creative Boom chatted with Sarah Boris about the pandemic and its impact on her life and work. They also talked about how the world is changing under Covid-19, and why we all need to think about working smarter, not harder.

Born in London and raised by French parents, award-winning graphic designer and creative director, Sarah Boris, has had a phenomenal career so far. She’s worked with some of the world’s leading publishing houses and art organisations, including, Phaidon Press, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tate and Barbican.

How have Sarah Boris been coping with the world over the last few months?

Quite frankly, I feel slightly in limbo right now. I’m craving for something out of the ordinary, a surprise maybe. Something unexpected. I might have to provoke it. I think my life has never been so full of routines than during lockdown. This new way of life has grounded me to some extent, but I’m ready for what’s next.


The main things that have kept me sane in the last few months have been exercising, cooking, sleeping, and of course designing. Also, time with some special people like you in the creative community. I was also invited to do eight talks online via Zoom, and Instagram Live during lockdown. These kept me busy and connected to people.

I was fortunate to mentor sixteen Syrian artists ahead of an exhibition of their work in Berlin and Oslo. Having conversations with people from Syria has made me put so many things in perspective.

The world is changing, has the pandemic changed Sarah Boris?

It’s changed parts of me. For one, I feel less stressed. I’ve not missed some of the stress caused by deadlines, email ping pongs or the design industry and its fierce competitiveness.

“Work has also been much quieter for the first time in 15 years, and oddly, I feel somewhat at peace and content.”

I’ve tried to see the pandemic as a moment to reconnect with what’s essential and embrace this journey into stillness.

Interestingly, I’ve found that I’ve not missed attending industry events in person. Although I know I’ll be happy to go back to some, and see people in real life, rather than on a screen.

Reasons for significant change in our worklife and workplace – in the creative industry.

Some people are relentless in the creative industries, but having been there, I understand why. The story delivered in the press is often different and hides the real hurdles and struggles faced by creatives. What creative person wants to spend life chasing numbers, targets, clients, pitches, working day and night?

We can find fulfillment by balancing work and other activities.

There have been trends talking about a better work-life balance and self-care. And then a trend demonising these very things.

At the end of the day, I feel we should all slow down and avoid the rat race.

We should take this work-life balance thing very seriously, and all be advocates for it. I am really in favour of wellbeing and looking after the planet. Looking after ourselves, and each other better. I think this pandemic and the time of reflection it has brought, has only increased that feeling for me.

Fiercely competitive to work hard, but not to live hard.

I did work non-stop for the first ten years of my career, but it was my choice.

I was racing and working all the time. It did have consequences on my social life, family time and much more. I would probably not do it any differently today. But I would say that, it is not necessary to do it that way. We should not push the next generations to work that way.

I’ve witnessed quite a few fellow creatives saying they feel like an empty shell after years of insane work. Wondering in the name of what “passion” did they put their job before life? In life, I mean love, sleep, health, eat, fun, travel, dream, etc.

We can shift working habits for the greater good. We often hear, “Work hard!” But I feel today we should say, “Live hard!”

We question what success or recognition means. What’s the point of working like crazy if you don’t even have time to see people or read a book or just chill?

I once remember a junior designer boasting that he had been working every night until 2am for a large branding agency. It pains me to see design studios still working insane hours. Making their junior staff work through weekend deadlines and late night pitches. On the other hand, I praise the studios that make their staff leave at 6pm. It’s exemplary.

I think we can shift working habits for the greater good. We often hear, “Work hard!” But I feel today we should say, “Live hard!”

I agree, life shouldn’t focus entirely on work.

People are starting to wake up to other realisations too, aren’t they? Hopefully, they are. I don’t want to speak for others. Still, my observation is that the awakening is slow. Somehow the pandemic has shown to what extent our society is dragging its feet at making the right kind of progress; be it on topics of diversity, or the planet.

For the first time, while speaking French on a bus journey in London, someone shouted at me: “Go back to your country or speak our language!” Little did they know I am also British and born in the UK.

I did not even bother to tell them. I felt acceptance of others should not be based on nationality, but purely on humanity.

Bursting the little bubbles we live in individually.

I realise we all live in little bubbles and we tend to get the information, news and beliefs from inside these bubbles. There’s so much to fix, learn, and improve.

The bubbles should burst, and we should spill, mix and regroup differently. We’ve all got an urgent role in making things better and protecting fellow humans.

I feel the education system needs to be re-visited, and the curriculum and histories we learn need to be re-written. Art and design history, for instance, still undervalue the contribution of women and people of colour.

There’s so much to be done. Will those be work? Remember, life shouldn’t focus entirely on work.

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Honest Quotes About Fatherhood From Ben Affleck

Honest Quotes About Fatherhood From Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck has some honest quotes about fatherhood and some good, real men words of advise to tell some brothers out there. Am talking to you, my man (or the young adonis), who is still acting in real life, just as Actor Ben Affleck or Tyler Perry does as a day job.

Fatherhood is the real deal, the prom is over. The game is up, the pursuit of the lady is over. Yes, you have won her. And though the love chase and romance will never be over, you have to wake up now to the responsibilities of fatherhood.

The new addition to the world needs a father figure in his or her life. Maybe it is succinct to put them as honest quotes about fatherhood. Do a little more inner reflection than the words you will read on the surface in the quotes.

Ben Affleck has three children ― 14-year-old Violet, 11-year-old Seraphina and 8-year-old Samuel ― with ex-wife Jennifer Garner. Since becoming a dad in 2005, he’s shared glimpses into his experience, from his struggles with his children to co-parenting after divorce.

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“Fatherhood has made me more sensitive and probably more caring, in a way. I always thought I was a caring guy, but it has made me feel things more acutely.”

More sensitive to what you may ask? Another life, especially young tender ones; and the woman who brought the souls to this world.

“Of course, she’s wonderful. [When] somebody’s the mother of your kids, they’re gonna be the most important, central person in your life.”

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This really get you confused, right. I know what you are thinking with that queer smile on your lips. She is so wonderful … but she is … Life is a lot of questions brother, I mean a lot.

“Kids, they see what you do. They don’t listen to what you say, and it means that I have to hold myself to account, in a way, that I think is really good.”

It is sad that most folks do not know this truth until the kid has become the man. The man you don’t want him to be. The man you see in the mirror.


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Women Outlive Men Into Retirement, With Less Money

New Zealand women's problem: Less money, longer lives

If you’re a woman planning for retirement, good news. You’re probably going to have a longer post-work life than the men around you, because women outlive men.

Wrightson said one of the most effective things that a young woman starting out in the workforce could do was to get her KiwiSaver sorted.

“I clench teeth when people say it should be taught in schools – do teachers have to do everything?”

“It’s the first and the easiest thing to do… something that gets you saving a bit of money every pay day is a good thing …”

“Women outlive men so it’s even more important to arrive at retirement with funds but there’s an issue of how every individual has a sense of their financial future. It’s not selfish… it’s still a subject that doesn’t get talked about.”

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“Managing money, being responsible with money, that’s something every child should start to pick up at home, not just from school.”

That “leaning in” to money management also set a good example for children. “I clench teeth when people say it should be taught in schools – do teachers have to do everything? Managing money, being responsible with money, that’s something they should start to pick up at home.”

Women are still most likely to stop work to look after a child, and when they come back to work they earn less – sometimes valuing flexibility over career moves or greater pay.

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Wife Adorable Comics Paint Picture of OUR Married Life

Wife's Adorable Comics Paint A Relatable Picture Of Married Life

Most wives are adorable. Some men will not agree with that statement. And if one of such men is reading this, this is a caveat so you do not miss-interpret the heading above.

Not all wive’s are naughty or comical, so please don’t think this is similar to or about your wife adorable comics. Or the reliefs or stress that you you get from them.

From watching TV together to hogging the bed, the little moments captured in these illustrations will hit close to home for married couples. Artist Debbie Tung lives in Birmingham, England, with her husband Jason. She recently published a book of comics based on her relationship titled “Happily […]

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“The best part [of marriage] for me is his company and having someone I’m comfortable with where I can completely be myself,” she said. “As an introvert, I never thought I would find someone I could build a life with. I’m so thankful that I did!” That is such a good one, give me more of such loving wife adorable comics, please.

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