Chapter 1: My Corporate Idolatry Part 6
My insight on Yom Kippur set off a chain of dominos. Once I recognized my Corporate Idolatry, I saw the world in this new way and there was no going back.
In the past, I had unsuccessfully tried to make changes in my priorities. It didn’t last. Over time I went back to the same behaviors.
This time, I went a step further, and changed my values. My family and my health had to come before the company, and low and behold the priorities in my life changed. It didn’t happen overnight, but over time it added up to some pretty big things. Even when I was working close to one hundred hours a week, I ate breakfast and dinner with my family every day. It was a line in the sand, a boundary I never crossed, and its nature as an absolute rule served as a model for the additional changes to come.
I made a conscious choice to work fewer hours. Instead of thinking in a negative way, beating myself up to work less, I focused on the positive.
My health is important. I need to stop working by 9:30, so I have time to wind down and get to sleep.
Then it became I need to stop working by 9, so my wife and I can spend some time together.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, choosing an action that reinforces a value is a virtuous cycle, because the action itself reinforces the value, making it easier to take a similar action the next time. I will discuss this at greater length latter in the book.