Live, Love, Work, Prosper

In Live, Love, Work, Prosper Michael draws on his personal and professional experience to challenge the received wisdom that there needs to be, or even can be, a divide or a ‘balance’ between work and life. This is truer than ever, given dizzyingly rapid rates of change in technology, business models and family fragmentation. He re-evaluates how ­- now and into the future – we can be liberated by an integrated approach to success at work that’s more in tune with a satisfying and fulfilling personal life.

If there is no win-win, then there is no win
Live, Love, Work, Prosper

Example chapter extract

Everything that happened made me reassess who I was and how I had been operating for virtually all my adult life. Although I trusted my core beliefs and principles, I had the chance to review my entire philosophy, especially the integration of work, life and love.

As I talked with friends and colleagues about this idea of business and family, and family and business, there was immediate recognition. As soon as I started mentioning these thoughts, their eyes would light up. ‘My God, I can relate to that.’ They had never thought about work and life and love as a continuum. It had all been neatly parcelled up, separated out, kept in discrete containers (or silos, in that particularly annoying business-speak term). Everything I said was very familiar to them. It was about family and work.

These conversations reinforced my belief that there is no such thing as the much-vaunted work/life divide. Rather than thinking in terms of a divide – something that reduces and diminishes both work and life – it should in fact be a powerful multiplier. In other words, work, life – and love – can draw on the strengths of each other to create, and enhance, an integrated, potent way of existing, a proper prosperity in the true meaning of the word: not just material wealth, but a flourishing well-being.