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Tragic death shows why work life balance is important

As a beer lover, my attention was immediately drawn to the recent headline in The Miami Herald:

Founding brewer for MIA Beer Company killed in car crash

I continued on to read the article:

A well-known brewer in Miami’s craft beer scene was killed in a car crash over the weekend.

Piero Rodriguez, one of MIA Beer Company’s founding brewers, was killed in an accident early Sunday, owner Eddie Leon confirmed. He was 34.

“We are completely devastated,” Leon said.

And then, there it was, the paragraph that stood out to me as a warning for anyone who thinks excessive work can't kill you:
 
Rodriguez had been working double shifts, Leon said, brewing in the morning and often tending bar at the brewery at night to make extra money. Friends feared it might have been exhaustion that forced him to lose control of his late-model Acura on Northwest 33rd Street at the tight curve in the 8900 block, just minutes down the street from the brewery. He struck a light pole, wasn’t wearing his seat belt and was ejected, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Kendall Regional Medical Center at 2 a.m. Sunday.

 

Clearly, the ironic part is that Piero was doing a job he loved – he was just doing it too much.

His friends and peers told The Miami Herald It was common to find him at the brewery doing the laborious, scrubbing tanks with punk rock blaring in the background while his son tagged along.

He was living the life he always wanted, his brother Ruy said, albeit cut far too short.

“People should be more positive,” Ruy said, “and pursue their dreams like he did.”

And there, right there, lies the fine line. While it is admirable to pursue your dream and do a job you love, everyone needs balance. Death by overwork is real and it can take your life in different ways. There are health reasons why work life balance is important and repercussions for thinking you can work a little longer or harder before taking time off. Over the years, I've written about people who have dropped dead of exhaustion right at their desks.

According to the Herald, the last thing Piero Rodriguez said as he left work late Saturday night was how much he was looking forward to spending Father’s Day with his young son.

He would never make it home.

That's a cautionary lesson for all of us. Sending my prayers to Piero's family….
 
 
 
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The Work/Life Balancing Act

Robin Roberts’ setback shows work life balance is a matter of attitude

 

 

What would you do if you were just about to score a big career coup and learned your health was in jeopardy? Would you forget all about work and just concentrate on your health?

The very day she was about to score a big career coup, an interview with President Obama, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts learned she has a rare blood and bone-marrow disorder called MDS.

This morning, Roberts made her diagnosis public and told GMA viewers that she will undergo a bone marrow transplant. Roberts said the disease was once called preleukemia, and is a complication from the treatment she received to beat breast cancer in 2007.

Roberts has no intention of taking it easy. She has decided to continue on at work, receive treatment, share her diagnosis with the world and believe completely that she will beat this health concern.

She told viewers: "The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.

Bottom line she said: "I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA.  I love what I do and the people with whom I do it.  Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge."

Lots of viewers took the news hard and some wrote in telling Robin to give up her job and focus completely on her health. Clearly, this is the kind of work life balance decision that takes lots of mulling over. It can have a huge impact on one's welfare.

I'm a lot like Robin. I love what I do for a living and part of getting better, for me, would mean continuing to work. So, I completely understand Robin's decision, her attitude, her public announcement.

What would you do if you received this kind of diagnosis? Would you make it public in your workplace? Would everything you did at work seem insignificant?

 

The Work/Life Balancing Act

Robin Roberts’ setback shows work life balance is a matter of attitude

Robin

(Robin Roberts (C) gives a thumbs up as she discusses her medical condition with Diane Sawyer (L) and Sally Ann Roberts on ABC's ''Good Morning America'' program in this handout photo released June 11, 2012.)Credit: Reuters/Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Handout

 

What would you do if you were just about to score a big career coup and learned your health was in jeopardy? Would you forget all about work and just concentrate on your health?

The very day she was about to score a big career coup, an interview with President Obama, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts learned she has a rare blood and bone-marrow disorder called MDS.

This morning, Roberts made her diagnosis public and told GMA viewers that she will undergo a bone marrow transplant. Roberts said the disease was once called preleukemia, and is a complication from the treatment she received to beat breast cancer in 2007.

Roberts has no intention of taking it easy. She has decided to continue on at work, receive treatment, share her diagnosis with the world and believe completely that she will beat this health concern.

She told viewers: "The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.

Bottom line she said: "I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA.  I love what I do and the people with whom I do it.  Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge."

Lots of viewers took the news hard and some wrote in telling Robin to give up her job and focus completely on her health. Clearly, this is the kind of work life balance decision that takes lots of mulling over. It can have a huge impact on one's welfare. 

I'm a lot like Robin. I love what I do for a living and part of getting better, for me, would mean continuing to work. So, I completely understand Robin's decision, her attitude, her public announcement. Robin told viewers "I crave normalcy."

What would you do if you received this kind of diagnosis? Would you continue to go to work? Would you make it public in your workplace? Would everything you did at work seem insignificant? 

Click here to see the video of Robin making her announcement

 

The Work/Life Balancing Act