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100 percent the Daddy

Which Do You Choose, Run A 2 Trillion Company? Or Spend More Time With Your Daughter

I came across a news article this morning about Mohamed El-Erian.

Who is this person you say? Also, why is he a big deal?

56 year old, Egyptian born, El-Erian runs a 2 Trillian dollar investment fund PIMCO with assets exceeding 2 Trillion dollars. After asking his daughter to brush her teeth one evening, she failed to do said0, but then proceeded to her room and returned with a sheet of paper and gave this to her father.  On this slip of paper she has listed 22 life events that due to the hours that Mohamed had been working, he had missed all of these events from her life.

These events included, Halloween parades, her first soccer game, a parent- teacher meeting and many school recitals.

El-Erian kept unbelievable hours for his work, often sleeping between 9pm to 1am, writing until 4.30 am and then hitting the trading floor at 9am. Now I have almost finished reading the 4 hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss (affiliate link).  The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. Explains plenty about, thinking big, doing things that you fear and working smarter with much shorter hours so your much more productive in your day than you are now. Certainly something Mohamed should be doing!

So he made the decision to quit working at PIMCO and decrease his hours dramatically to spend much more time with his wife, Jamie, and his daughter. He is working part time at Allianz. Now you may think what a gem of a bloke and congratulations on his choice. But I feel that there are many who would be saying, he was fine doing already what he was doing and don’t see what the issue is.

So he made the decision to quit working at PIMCO and decrease his hours dramatically to spend much more time with his wife, Jamie, and his daughter. He is working part time at Allianz. Now you may think what a gem of a bloke and congratulations on his choice. But I feel that there are many who would be saying, he was fine doing already what he was doing and don’t see what the issue is.

100 percent the Daddy

So, a guy works incredibly long hours, quits his post to spend more time with his family and it becomes a newsworthy item. The point I am making here, is because Mohamed used to run a large (in terms of dollar turn over) company, quit his post to spend quality family time and no longer misses out on seeing his daughter. Dads spending time with family, and choosing to be stay at home Dads, or Dads who work less hours or run their own business, are still unlikely to be seen as a standard in with today’s modern Dads.

This particular story has become an item of the news, so, to me, it means there still is a stigma with Fathers choosing family as the priority, rather than working in a position as the family’s main bread winner. It’s a growing trend, and one that many men are choosing to do for various reasons. Many of those reasons are the wife is earning much more than the man, so plain economics can also make a sensible option. Other reasons include running a business from home, working remotely from the office with fewer hours and or days. Or simply, choosing to spend time with family and accepting that, you may not have the choices or decisions to make easily from a financial viewpoint.

Dads of today and our role in the modern world is changing rapidly and barriers are being crossed as well as previous status quo. Here is also another food for thought concept, men are no longer accepting that they have to stick with or accept the traditional stereotypes of being men, who are men because they are breadwinners, play sports and love spending time at the pub hanging out with their mates. Or fathers that are the only worker in the family and the wife stays at home or has a part time job during children’s school hours. No, men are becoming stay at home, or work at home dads and find ways to work around their decision to spend time with family as the priority.

Men have much broader goals, pursuits and so many other options for earning an income (as well as their respective wives and partners do as well) and many of these men are choosing a different life, a life they are finding much more fulfilling for themselves, a quality of life more meaningful than a generation ago. I am driven to combat the standard stereotype and I find with conversations with some others, they find it difficult to understand why a man would choose family, over work.

To me, it simply comes down to deeming, what is the most important time of your day that you choose to spend time with those whom are most important in your life.

This is the original www.news.com.au digital version news copy that this article is based on as well as my own opinion. I am not affiliated with, nor am I employed in any capacity with News Ltd