Yes, They Have a View: A Male Entrepreneur’s Perspective on Work-Life Balance
“Summer time is usually office internship time for the kids. They spend a few hours in the office and learn about social media and brand building. Hopefully Raya and Avianna get to learn about entrepreneurship and I get to spend quality time with my kids…”
Entrepreneur Avijit Arya on balancing family and startup obligations
As an entrepreneur, it’s difficult to maintain a balance between personal and professional life – even for men. In the middle of building a company from scratch a good father must also make for his children. Avijit Arya, founder of Internet Moguls, the digital agency servicing the hospitality industry, writes about his experience as a busy entrepreneur and father of two daughters, Raya Arya and Avianna Arya:
Somebody many years ago told me if my passion is aligned with my purpose, everything in life falls into place. My passion is social media and I’m fascinated by how people are able to build businesses and legacies online and live richer and happier lives.
My two daughters, Raya and Avianna, accompany me on my speaking conferences and every night my bedtime story to them includes a synopsis of my day and the people I met. This allows me to align my work with my kids and my kids learn from my day and my experiences.
Summer time is usually office internship time for the kids. They spend a few hours in the office and learn about social media and brand building. Hopefully Raya and Avianna get to learn about entrepreneurship and I get to spend quality time with my kids and also get to hear their perspective on life and work.
My elder daughter has her own YouTube channel and she’s so passionate about her social media channel that she optimizes her digital marketing by getting tips from the team at Internet Moguls. Believe it or not both my kids, young as they are, already have their own LinkedIn accounts to connect with clients and colleagues. It makes me proud that they realized how important digital marketing is to a business at such an early age.
To appease my grandfather I completed by masters and then went on to learn film making at the New York Film Academy but I learnt everything about entrepreneurship from my dad who always included us in his work. And it’s very pleasing to know my daughter’s too are inspired by their entrepreneur-father.
A father’s role in society has changed over the last many years and many fathers realize that they too must balance work with family time. Todays’ generation of fathers understand more than ever that spending time with their children is very important and fulfilling for the parent and the child.
It’s true, leaving a legacy behind is important to a man, but the most important legacy is the wealth of memories you can leave behind for your kids to remember you by. It's not only about school education anymore. In my opinion, fathers too need to teach and nurture children to be change makers in this world. I 100 percent subscribe to this new wave of informed and conscious parenting and try to find balance in my own family by involving my kids in my work life.
In my speeches I always talk about my concept of staying close to the source and it's us fathers who as the source must be close to the kids so they can leverage us and live an informed life ahead.