We had the good fortune of connecting with Benjamin Smithee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Benjamin, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think many Entrepreneurs and Executives find work-life balance elusive because they approach it with the wrong mindset. When you’re running an organization or starting one, it really is more of a work-life blend. Certain things are going to bleed into personal time, you’re going to think of your best ideas on your off days, etc. When you’re building and growing something extraordinary it takes extraordinary efforts and thinking. You’re going to work more than the average person, but your mind is really engaged in your end goal. Over time I have embraced the blend more and rather than try to set a “this is work” and “this is free” mentality, I have lately tried to ensure I have one day on the weekend where I am not touching emails, etc. but sometimes there are still tradeoffs that are needed. It is about being present in the moments. “Balance” tends represent a positive and negative….I see work and “life” both as positives – I want as much of both as possible! – Ben Smithee
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of the team we have built at The Smithee Group. Everyone on the team exudes excellence in their knowledge, mindset, and devotion to a high level of service. Building a successful business is undoubtedly difficult, but it is only feasible if you are dedicated to building a first-class team. A leader’s number one responsibility is people, it is what I think about throughout the day – how can I set my team up for success and to flourish in all areas of their life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, living in NYC there are unlimited options. Regardless of your interests you can find the best there is in NYC…with the exception of Tex-Mex – that i miss from my Dallas roots!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom and Dad for teaching me work ethic, drive, and humility. My mentors Tim Ishii and Pete Ochs