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We live in a “hustle culture” that praises getting little sleep, sacrificing everything, and working nonstop. If you watch Shark Tank, you’re familiar with their advice to work 90 hours a week if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur. But putting so little priority on personal relationships and self-care is ultimately toxic and unsustainable.

We have to redefine the American Dream. It isn’t about acquiring material possessions; it’s about the right to be happy now. Establishing boundaries in your professional and personal life to protect your health and happiness and the ability to prioritize relationships is necessary to living an abundant life. Instead of a work/life balance, we should be focusing on work/life boundaries.

To dive deeper into the idea of being successful in your professional life and your personal life, I’ve brought on author, speaker and 25-year business veteran, Carlos Hidalgo. Carlos co-founded his first company in 2005 leading it to two consecutive Inc. 5000 Awards before departing and launching his second company VisumCx.  In addition, he serves as a managing partner in a health care platform start-up.

To learn how to “live life as it’s meant to be lived,” download this episode now.


“I don’t ever want to miss a last first again.” – Carlos Hidalgo

Highlights –

  • Every day we have the choice to act out of fear or anger or out of love.
  • The “pursuit of happiness” does not mean to chase happiness; it means to choose happiness.
  • We need to establish boundaries in areas of our life that affect us the most. 
  • Skip To The End: Design how you want your life to look and work backward.
  • We are wired for intimate, close, connected experience with other people. 
  • Shame Culture can have a terrible effect on entrepreneurs. When you fail, replace “but” with an “and.” 
  • Manage your calendar with “immovables” – items that take top priority. 
    • What do you value most?
    • What boundaries do you need to protect what you value?
    • What does it look like for you to skip to the end?
    • If you’re at a crossroads, what steps do you need to take? 
    • What are the reasons you say you are working as hard as you do? Are they true?
    • What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

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