In Jeff Bezos’s words, work and life are indeed a circle, and the phrase “work-life balance” is crippling

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos believes that work and life are essentially a circle and dislikes the term “work-life balance.”

The founder of Amazon stated that he tries to teach both junior and senior employees about “work-life harmony,” and that it’s not balanced, in 2018, at a gathering sponsored by Insider’s parent company.

Bezos said to Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, “I get questions about work-life balance all the time. And in my opinion, that phrase is crippling because it implies a strict trade-off.

He claimed that if he is content at home, he will enter the business with “tremendous enthusiasm.” And Bezos contended that if he is content at work, he has the same vigor when he gets home.

Jeff Bezos; image from MSN

It’s a circle, Bezos said. “There is no equilibrium,”

Since he made the comments, Bezos’ so-called work-life circle has shifted. In July 2021, the billionaire retired as the company’s CEO. After Andy Jassy, his former AWS CEO, took over, Bezos turned his attention to philanthropy and other projects, including space exploration with his firm Blue Origin.

Bezos, the sixth-richest person in the world, has adopted an unconventional work style. He has stated that he makes time for breakfast with his family every morning, doesn’t set the alarm before bed, schedules surprisingly few meetings, and allows a small amount of time each day to wash his dishes.

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