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Thrive or Die

I’ll be honest – my work/life balance is a work in progress. Ok, it sucks.

It’s not lost on me that I’m writing this blog as I’m sitting on a plane, closing a client’s deal, and mapping out WME’s objectives for 2014, all while reading a script. But as soon as I land, my first call is going to be to my brother as I’m on my way to a basketball game with my son. Followed by dinner with my family. Tomorrow morning, golf with friends and some meetings.

I’m not saying that I’ve struck the perfect balance, but I do believe that it’s important to strive for your own version of it. Like anything worthwhile, it takes discipline and practice, but defining your life beyond career success is actually good for business.

Last year, we started a wellness program at our company–yoga, meditation, running clubs–to help people take care of themselves and the results have been amazing. People are happier and healthier. And ultimately, that makes them more productive and creative, both at home and at work. Like I said, good business.

Ari Emanuel

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