I recently wrote about the need to take steps – no matter what is going on in the economy – to move closer and closer to the "right" job/career.
I received a number of e-mails from people expressing the increased need for work/life balance – especially in terms of what we've learned over the very difficult last five years. This is a great point and allows me the opportunity to expand on this topic.
While I regularly make it very clear that you should find work that resonates and feels right, your job/career should never define you. I know that may sound strange coming from a Career Development and HR guy. Indulge me for a second.
The best jobs and careers are an extension of your strengths and values with (hopefully) a heavy dose of passion in the mix. Because that's the case – that fulfilling work is a natural extension of the best of you – your life will never be defined by your work. If you do the heavy lifting that's required to figure out who you are and what you should be doing with your life, work/life balance will rarely, if ever, be out of sync.