Business or Pleasure? Why Not Both?

More and more people are talking about “work-life” balance. It’s not a new concept. I’ve believed in its value throughout my career in major corporations, managing a family business, and running my own financial recruiting firm.

Last week, I attended the NPAworldwide annual conference in Salt Lake City. My wife, Lyn, and I flew out a few days early so that we could have a mini vacation.

The city and lake sit at 4,300 feet, so the weather is unpredictable. But one fine day, we went out on Great Salt Lake. The lake, which is immense, has a huge impact on the weather and the economy.

Three rivers feed the lake, but there are no outlets, so the water level is maintained solely by evaporation.  Winds going across the lake pick up moisture and dump huge amounts of snow in the nearby Wasatch Mountains, which makes for great powder snow skiing. It snowed twice before we left.

The view of the mountains from the lake was incredible. We were sorry to learn that many people living in Utah have never seen the Great Salt Lake.

Lyn and I have enjoyed some nice vacations including a Viking Rhine River Cruise, but a trip like this is particularly nice, as most of it is a business expense and makes a good “break” from business.

Do you mix business and pleasure?

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