I’m a young CEO. I started my company while I was still in college at Brigham Young University. While at BYU, I was also part of the Collegiate Club Soccer National Championship team in 1999. Playing soccer, starting my own business and being a full-time student taught me the importance of maintaining balance in life. It didn’t take long to learn that certain activities can dominate life even when you have the best intentions. When one activity consumes your life, other areas tend to suffer.
Playing soccer (or any other competitive sport for that matter) was a great stress reliever for me. It’s something I’ve done since I was a little kid and something that I still do today (though my skills have deteriorated over the years). I found that when school and my business were eating away at me and causing me stress, the soccer field became my escape. After a practice or game, I’d come away with a clear mind. I found that it was usually after stepping way from work or school to play soccer that I’d come up with the solution to a problem or have clarity on a whatever project I was working on.
I decided in college that I would do whatever it takes to be able to maintain a healthy balance between work and other interests. Since graduating, I’m still CEO of Lendio and now have a wife and 3 young children. My priorities are now my family and work, and I am as committed as ever to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
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