I don’t literally mean your wife but I do want to ask about your home life. Since reading the Howard Kennedy research into relationship breakdown and the workplace, I’ve been thinking about the impact work has on the private lives of high earners and how success can have such unfortunate consequences.
I spend a lot of time thinking about my goals - and sometimes it feels like I’m never going to reach them - but what do we do when we have achieved them? If you’re anything like me, you start thinking about the next thing (if you haven’t already embarked on it) but my question today is, does that next thing actually challenge you?
This week I am handing over my Pluralists Newsletter to Caspar Bowes of Bowes Wine with whom we have started a Pluralists Club Wine Offer. Members get a wine voucher every month and Caspar will regularly attend our Pluralists Opportunity Club events with some wine to taste and talk about. Caspar is also an expert in wine investing so his insights below will be of interest to members and non-members alike.
People embark on a pluralist life for all sorts of reasons; to have a better work/life balance, to explore new options, to pursue a passion or to give something back. We all have different motivations and priorities but what’s interesting is that trying one new thing can so often lead to trying a whole range of other new things. Meeting new people opens doors in so many ways too, be they educational, practical or financial.
There are all sorts of things that most of us just accept without question. These things sometimes shift and change (the environment, political discourse, gender issues) whilst others are fairly constant (death, taxes, human nature) but for the most part, we accept those things which we are used to and only challenge new stuff.
I won’t surprise anyone by saying that sometimes my phone is my worst enemy. Half the icons have notifications on them and some of those notification numbers are scarily high. Text, email, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook… most of us are pretty much in thrall to these - and many more - whether it’s for work or for leisure. We have to develop skills to manage the information coming at us so that we can deal with urgent situations, keep track of our loved ones and remain on top of everything else.