The live-to-work strategy
STRIVING to achieve a perfect work-life balance?
Meet one man who's got it all sorted.
Ballina's Peter Fowler has a successful career as a partner and business strategist with Collins Hume, yet he still makes time to enjoy the North Coast lifestyle.
In fact part of his job is to advise clients on ways they can improve their own lifestyles by taking a step (or two) back from their business.
And Mr Fowler's approach is working.
This week the 33-year-old was named one of Australia's top 40 young business leaders in a prestigious industry publication.
He features alongside high-profile bankers, chief executives, finance directors and managers as the one of CPA Australia's 40 Young Business Leaders in its flagship publication, INTHEBLACK.
The honour is a highly sought-after industry accolade.
For Mr Fowler, who grew up at Alstonville and studied at Southern Cross University, it was "definitely unexpected".
"I started with Collins Hume in 2001 and they asked me to become a partner when I was 25," he said.
"I have a great job.
"But I also enjoy my lifestyle. I surf, I have a stand-up paddle board, I'm involved with outrigger canoes, I like mountain biking and playing golf. I also love to travel, and every time I have holidays I go overseas.
"But I love coming home. We live in the best part of the world.
"That's why I like to help my clients improve their lifestyles.
"Some people just don't have a life outside of their business.
"I recently helped one couple work their business so that the wife could completely step away from it and have a baby.
"But I've also spent a lot of time with my clients just helping them get through the tough times."
Mr Fowler insists that work - or even your own business - should not take over your life.
"We work to live, we don't live to work."
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