How Many Balls Are You Juggling?

How Many Balls Are You Juggling?

When we begin to understand the relationship between wealth and wellbeing, you will find there are a number of professionals over the years who have shared their words of advice.

I have worked with may CEO’s and leadership teams where we’ve been discussing the strategic plan for the business and the question is raised:
“What about our team? This is going to be a lot of extra work, how do I balance the workload with my family?”

Great question!

I remember working with a particular team who asked that very question and at the end of the meeting I received an email message from the CFO. The content is found on the internet and has gone viral. It is from the former CEO of Coca Cola, Byran Dyson and called the 30 Second Speech.

Once it arrived in my inbox; I did a little research. The content is actually part of a commencement speech given in 1991 to a group of students from Georgia Tech.

The visual created when you read the message will give you a snapshot as to Mr. Dyson’s words of advice and his idea of finding “balance.”

Here is the content and I quote:

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.
They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and 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.
They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for balance in your life”

“Work efficiently durning office hours and leave on time.
Give the required time to your family, friends & have proper rest.”

I love the last line in the speech which I feel represents our philosophy on wealth and wellbeing. So, as you may now be thinking about your own workload; and I ask the question:

How many balls are you juggling?

Do you have a collection of both rubber and glass balls on your desk?

Perhaps you may have a few that are already “scuffed, marked, nicked or damaged!”

Through The Mechanics of FLOW2 we share a few practical tools that may assist with you’re skills as a juggler. There are 10 modules to consider and the program is available as self study, coached or mastermind. They were developed with you in mind and have over the years given others the ability to juggle the balls with success.

We invite your comments as we launch this program with an idea that you too may begin to juggle the balls on your desk.

Here’s to you… and finding the balance between your own wealth and wellbeing.

Trish Tonaj is an author, coach and speaker sharing stories on mentorship while creating a culture of wealth and wellbeing. She is the author of Breaking Barriers 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories and A Diary of Change 12 Personal Tools. Visit

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