This 1 Quote From Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reveals the Secret to ‘Having it All’ in Life

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This article originally appeared in Harvard Business Review on February 7, 2018

Many business leaders have an entrepreneurial dream, but they often might be stuck in a rut and don’t know when to do it. They fear their startup might not survive long term. Others can’t choose between their entrepreneurial passion and their executive dreams.

For all that’s been written about work-life balance, getting it right still feels hard. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg once said,

“You can’t have it all at once. Over my lifespan, I think I have had it all.”

Wise words from the justice nicknamed the Notorious R.B.G., as sequencing is one of the secrets to making this work.

The second secret is to pick an entrepreneurial venture where you build on the skills you were famous for in your corporate career. This gives you insurance that you can keep one foot in the door should your itch to run a larger organization come back.


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