Do you work to live or live to work

Working as part of living; that of “work to live” It has expired

Following a good post of Andrés Pérez Ortega entitled Who do you work really (and I recommend reading), I issued a tweet supporting it with a pair of images. Up to this point, nothing new. But tuitero (by the way, very proud of their community judging by his bio), by name Oscar Gamarra, tuit answered the question: Do you work to live or live to work? Who answers?

Do you work to live or live to work? A question that, for me, It has expired

I am firmly convinced that work and part of living. I forgive the unemployed, but if job seekers are working on a project > Find employment. The boundary between living and working is fading. and Pink identified this emerging trend 2002 in his prophetic book Free Agent Nation. but after 2002 They have passed many things that force us to reflect:

the future of work

Source: EY

  • According Kelly Palmer, CLO, the responsibility lies with each person when to take control of their professional development. That is to say, this is not the end of the training offered by enterprises, but the end of mentoring and responsibility for such training.
  • I often use the phrase Vijay Singh, former head of innovation VISA Inc.: what others say about us will be the most important metric of the future. And that highlights the importance of Personal Branding and personal reputation have and will.
  • On the other hand, McKinsey says workers who have the skills and support needed will ease the transition to new jobs. But it is worth noting that these posts will also largely to freelances.

Do you remember when undocking?

I hope the question does not offend. First began disruptions to our “extra-work life” with email. They were then SMS, those who followed other applications like Whatsapp or Telegram. The question is do we take work home? or simply because we have incorporated new hybrid habits into our lives.

One can take a trip a week in the middle of spring and continue “fulfilling” with his job description, thanks to computers, smartphones, videoconferences… The holidays will be more deconstructed. The famous month of paid vacation is history for many (I include). It is replaced by small periods away as you can.

What I'm seeing is that the work is integrated into our lives, is no longer that if you work to live, is that It integrates many living things inseparable, including an increasingly continuous connection with work projects.


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About me Guillem Recolons

Convinced that everything leaves a mark, I help companies to better connect with their stakeholders through personal branding programs (personal brand management) and employee advocacy (internal brand ambassadors programs).

Partner at Integra Personal Branding and Soymimarca, I also collaborate with Ponte en Valor, Brandergizers, MoreThanLaw, Noema Consulting, AdQualis Human Results and Quifer Consultores.

As lecturer, participated in the Graduate Social Media of UPF and UVic, in various programs at IESE and ISDI, among other. Advertising man, Master en Marketing. Grade student of Humanities.

My DNA comes from advertising 20 years in agencies: BBDO, J.W.T., Bassat Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Altraforma and TVLowCost among others.

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10 replies
  1. Jose Salgado
    Jose Salgado says:

    For there is an interesting dilemma, because if we all want to stop working means that on a human level does nothing more than money -Useful, practical and necessary, but not always fills the vital needs of people-

    • Guillem Recolons
      Guillem Recolons says:

      Hello Jose, that is not the sense of post. I do not tell anyone at any time to stop working; on the contrary, I think the current model is not working except when we sleep. We are working for others, own, or seeking, We are always with an eye half open, an alert that at any time there may arise an opportunity. Thanks for write!

  2. Fernando
    Fernando says:

    Hi Guillem, because I agree, every time the work is more integrated into our lives outside the office.
    But the good side is that you can also go to work outside the office.
    Good post, regards!!

  3. José Miguel Bolívar
    José Miguel Bolívar says:

    I totally agree, Guillem. I've always thought that the obsession with "separate" the professional activity of the rest of your life is a mistake (plus a chimera). Admittedly, considering the number of hours we spend in our professional activity, If you do not like your job means that you do not like your life…

    I think the real challenge is to "integrate", rather than "separate". What really matters is "to be what you are", being present in what you are doing at the moment, whatever it is, personal or professional, with the confidence that's that, and not anything else, it makes sense to do at that time. In GTD® we have a name for this: «Experiencia Productiva» ;-)

    A hug.

  4. Kino Ferrández
    Kino Ferrández says:

    Work Vs Life, That's the dilemma for many people
    Now that we reflect on the year ending, but above all we think about new challenges and future projects; I want to make this interesting reflection that show us, Guillem; the future (professional and life), righ now, very different from the present, As for the relationship between life and work is concerned.
    One of my favorite phrases and lite motiv, My professional life has always been “Choose a job you like and not have to work anymore”.
    It seems that society, It is finally focusing on that direction…
    Freelance work, personal training of each individual (in what we like), along with the reduction in jobs and offshoring (due to new technologies), They will determine how to work in the coming years.
    Unfortunately, there are always people who can not achieve this new paradigm of work, by difficulties in accessing training / basic qualification.
    although really, I worry much more those who can do, They are not able to adapt to change, due to widespread professional myopia in our society.

  5. Marta
    Marta says:

    However much you love your work and rest time off it is needed leisure; since eventually excessive stress which is subjected to human bill passes. increasingly common psychological illness in today's society; possible sickness absence and reduced productivity. The important thing is that you can carry a balance and combine activities. In many countries more advanced than Spain the days are smaller and people have more free time for other activities and conciliation; which translates into benefits for all. Clearly we are in the queue and each day more and worse

    • Guillem Recolons
      Guillem Recolons says:

      Today we can disconnect in many ways, even on days "working". We can even suffer an inner dismissal. When I say that the work is part of our lives, in any case I promote non-disconnection, just put a reality show. Thanks for write, Marta!


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