Keeping Side Passions Central

Are you devoting time daily to that which brings you joy?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2019, Carla Harris, vice chairman and managing director of Morgan Stanley, shares how leaders can incorporate their side passions into their workdays.

“I define balance as those things that bring you joy,” says Carla. “Those passions are sometimes the things that actually push you through your ‘day job.’ And so I think that if you really want to have balance, you have to be intentional about making sure that you put some of those things in your calendar every day.”

Watch the video to hear what Carla does to keep her side passions central in her life. 


TAKEAWAYS
- Balance means including things in our lives we’re passionate about.
- Engaging in our passions keeps us going when work is difficult.
- Making time for our passions outside of work helps to keep us centered.

I define balance as those things that bring you joy. And popular business press, when it writes or speaks about balance, they really are talking about work-family, not work-life balance. And I think things that bring you passion are part of your life. That's what makes your life rich. That's what really some days gets you up in the morning. Those passions are sometimes the things that actually push you through your "day job." And so I think that if you really want to have balance, you have to be intentional about making sure that you put some of those things in your calendar every day.

For me, I may sing on my way into the office because I drive in and if I leave, you know, at 7 o’clock it could be a two-hour drive versus a 25-hour drive and I'm singing for two hours. If I have a major concert that's coming up, I'm practicing every chance I get. I'm on a four-hour flight, I'm listening to the music.

But all of those things are filling me up so that by the time I get to whatever I am going to, that might be more work-related, finance-related, client-related. I'm already pumped up because of having had that time to focus just on my passion. So that's how you need to think about it and be intentional about putting it in your day every day.
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Carla Harris

As vice chairman, managing director and senior advisor at Morgan Stanley, Carla is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. In her 30-year career, Carla has had exte...

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