It's working for Kurt Workman, CEO & Co-Founder, Owlet
"My best piece of advice would be to first, realize your family should come first. Set them as a priority. It’s really hard. Your family won’t always scream as loud as big issues at the work."
Kurt Workman is the CEO and co-founder of Owlet. He is also a father of two children. Kurt provides insight on what drives him as a parent innovator, and how he sets those important boundaries at home when running a start-up.
WHAT WAS YOUR PRIMARY MOTIVATION FOR RETURNING TO WORK OR CHANGING YOUR WORK SITUATION AFTER STARTING A FAMILY?
Since her birth in February, our baby Summer has the Owlet on her foot every night and during every nap. As parents, my wife and I understand the importance of Owlet. Being a parent has reinvigorated my passion for constantly improving it and getting the Owlet out there to all parents.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER PARENTS STARTING A FAMILY AND DECIDING ON HOW TO BALANCE FAMILY LIFE AND WORK?
I’m not sure I’ve found the balance yet!
My best piece of advice would be to first, realize your family should come first. Set them as a priority. It’s really hard. Your family won’t always scream as loud as big issues at the work. I haven’t been perfect with that, yet.
Second, make sure you define specific boundaries for general work hours. With a startup, it’s never ending, like a project that never ends. You could probably work 24 hours a day.
Talk to your wife or spouse and set boundaries. I haven’t been perfect at that, but it’s what I’m striving to achieve.