As you all know, I am AZN (Asian). In spite of the recent economic turmoil, most of the nations in Asia, which are developing nations, are still enjoying a healthy growth. Some of the recent very high growth nations include Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cyprus, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and also other mineral and agricultural rich nations. One of the reasons, I believe, is that many Asians, are highly competitive people. We love to work, really hard, really really hard, to the extent that we sometimes neglect our health and well-being. It is also a culture here in most corporate that when any employee perform over-time jobs and working late nights, even mornings (2am-3am or non-stop), he or she is considered capable and hardworking in the eyes of their bosses. Some do not even witness sunrise and sunsets for a long period of time. Such unhealthy mindset is deeply embedded in the souls of many employees in corporate Asia especially for those working in giant firms.
I am personally a workaholic. I love working and I am able to perform multiple tasks efficiently at all times. However, as much as I love working, I strongly oppose the idea of working too hard to the extent that we sacrifice our time with family, love ones, and friends, well-being, and most importantly health. Many individuals spend most of their time working really hard and in return, spend most of their wealth away in healthcare, beauticare, and medical expenses. Other side effects? Broken family ties, break-ups, divorces, severe health problems, and even death. There was a time in the past where I worked so hard that I was unaware of the need of going to restroom. As a result, I was physically and psychologically deteriorated. My mood was most of the time, bad.
Beauty and health, I believe, comes from within. Our body needs a break sometimes. We need to strike a balance between work and play, but most importantly rest. If you're working with computers, make sure that your eyes take a break every now and then. You will never be benefited no matter how much supplements you take, how healthy you eat, how often you exercise, if your body is not well-rested. Well, if you think your corporate provides sufficient medical insurance to cover your life, think twice. Constantly working overtime does not make you any richer. If you do not take care of yourself, no one will.
One last quote for you:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work - Family - Health - Friends - Spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls -- family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. - James Patterson