Book Review: The Balance Point

The Balance Point:  Master The Work-Life Balance, Love What You Do, And Become An Unstoppable Entrepreneur, by Jordan Ring

[Note:  This book was provided by the author free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I don’t remember asking the author for this particular book review, and was somewhat surprised to have gotten it in the mail, but since I had reviewed a previous book of the author’s [1] I was able to quickly read it and recognize that it (like the author’s work in general) was aimed at improving the life of entrepreneurs.  As someone who knows many entrepreneurs, even if I have always tended to be an employee or independent contractor (so far) in my own personal work experience, I can recognize that many entrepreneurs definitely struggle to find a work-life balance, and do not realize the way that things which do not pay off immediately may still be very worthwhile in order to help plan for lasting future success.  Some people may not realize there needs to be a balance and some people may at least recognize the need for a balance but not be sure of what aspects of work and life to balance in their lives.

This book is a reasonably short one at a bit more than 150 pages but its contents are certainly potent for its small package.  The author introduces the book by discussing the importance of having a work-life balance for sustained success.  After that the author spends eleven chapters talking about different aspects of the work, life balance, providing imagery, quotes, as well as stories that help to make the points about the need to find a balance between preparation and action (1), work and play (2), yes and no (3), purpose and passion (4), reactivity and proactivity (5), intention and perception (6), consumption and production, especially as it relates to reading (7), instant wins and delayed gratification (8), hustle and health (9), the 80% and the 20% (10), and potential and contentment (11).  In all of these cases the author provides quotes that support paying attention to each quality being discussed and the savvy reader should realize that these are not either/or discussions but rather both/and discussions that require a great deal of thought of how to work out a balance between all that is necessary and worthwhile in life.  After these chapters are done the author closes with a thank you, a discussion of the author’s other books, the request for a quick favor of posting a review of the book, and some notes about the author.

As people we should all admit that we have certain biases in our own personalities and in our own preferences that tend to bring our lives out of balance.  Much of the time, finding lasting and high degrees of success requires us to find more balance than we naturally have, and the first step in that is to recognize where we are out of balance and need to shift our emphasis accordingly.  This book, therefore, is quite useful as a way of reminding entrepreneurs that one cannot sustain one’s writing if one does not engage in a great deal of reading, and that one needs both quick wins as well as delayed gratification to have success, since one must win both now and later to keep going in the sort of difficult tasks that entrepreneurs often find themselves in.  Given the author’s wide reading (much of which I happen to have read myself), the book is full of a lot of surprising insights and also is written in a way that is meant to convey to the reader that the author is an entrepreneur who has managed to discover principles that are well worth sharing with other entrepreneurs.

[1] To wit:

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