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Nov 11, 201311:29 AMMind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

How do you define success? Do you work to live or live to work?

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I just got back from my first real cool-weather (44 degrees) bike ride of the year. I only go out if it’s above 40 degrees, and it made me think about how I define a successful bike ride. In the summer I usually judge it by my average speed, which I track on every ride. In the fall, once it gets fairly cold, I measure success by whether or not I dressed appropriately to not freeze while I am out. How one measures success can vary.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that some people “eat to live” while others “live to eat.” I’m probably more “eat to live”; however, I have foodies in my family, so I get to enjoy the tasty treats from those who live to eat.

In the same way, I think some people “work to live ” while others “live to work.” I think most people who know me would say I fall in the live-to-work category. I’m thinking about how our company can better succeed 24/7 (well, except when I’m sleeping). That’s not to say I wouldn’t rather be musky fishing or riding my bike than be in the office, or that I neglect my family, but it’s what drives me.

On the other hand, my dad, a factory worker who built Evinrude boat motors, retired at 51 as soon as he hit 30 years of service. He worked to live (i.e., provide for his family) and he really enjoyed fishing, hunting, and socializing. So which is right? Of course, neither. It’s very personal, and also, just like nobody totally eats to live (everyone likes good-tasting foods and variety), nobody totally works to live or lives to work. But there are ways to best achieve success depending on where you are on the spectrum.


Nov 21, 2013 12:42 pm
 Posted by  Linda Abbott

Great post, Corey! I'm definitely in the live-to-work category, but recently made a career change to pursue something I'm more passionate about, which goes to your point about creating a good environment for yourself. I must admit, though, I have days when I think people like your dad have made the better choice!

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Corey Chambas has over 30 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is chairman of the board of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the board of the United Way of Dane County and the 2018 Campaign Chair.

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