Balancing the Grind with Dominick Quartuccio, Author, Speaker & Thought Leader

Dominick Quartuccio is an author, speaker and thought leader, who has worked with brands like JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, UBS and plenty more.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My career background summarised in a sentence: “Dedicated corporate soldier turned mission-driven entrepreneur.”

For the first 15 years of my career, I was a devoted salesperson and sales leader for a fortune 50 financial services company – Prudential Financial.

For the last five years, I’ve followed my passion as an international speaker, author and host of The Great Man Within Podcast

My mission in this world is to help 10 million men discover and live the greatest version of themselves on the path to becoming better leaders, fathers and partners.  

2) What does ‘a day in the life’ look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Most days, you’ll find me leading masterminds of men: groups of 20-30 high-performing men actively seek purpose, meaning and fulfilment in their lives. 

My role is to set a powerful space where men can put down the armour and the performances and reveal the deeper parts of themselves – desires and fears – that they allow very few others to see.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

One of the perks of being my own boss is that I can work from wherever I want. 

The global pandemic also forced me to get innovative when in-person events were no longer viable, and these days, a lot of my facilitation and workshopping happens online.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you, and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance is a personal thing, and I find my definition evolves based on my priorities during that stage of life.

For instance, when I launched my business five years ago, I’d just come back from a 90-day sabbatical around the world. My tank was full, and I wanted to work 12 hour days, six days a week, because that felt energizing to me.

Now, as an established business owner, work-life balance means something entirely different: Working when I want, how I want, with who I want, with the flexibility to break when I want.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I’m always tinkering with habits around morning and evening routines, which are the bookends of my day and responsible for how productive I am in the 16-18 waking hours in between.

One of my favourite evening routine practices: Before I go to bed, I write down the 1-2 most important things to get done that next day and make their execution non-negotiable.

That keeps me focused on the important – vs being distracted by the urgent (emails, texts, calls, breaking news etc.). When you execute on the top 1-2 most important things every day, you accumulate a lot of wins over time. 

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Well, of course, I’d love to recommend my podcast – The Great Man Within – which is a show geared towards high-performing men seeking habits and practices to become the best version of themselves.

I’ve also written two books:

Design Your Future: 3 Simple Steps to Stop Drifting and Start Living

On Purpose Leadership: Master the Art of Leading Yourself to Inspire and Impact Others

And finally, the #1 most impactful book of my life, and I’ve read about 200, is Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. It’s the most remarkable book I’ve ever read on how to live a life of purpose and intentionality. 

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

I’m obsessed with my Oura Ring, a wearable device that’s widely considered the most accurate sleep tracking device on the market.

The insights and data from my Oura Ring over the last three years have revolutionized my sleep quality – by helping me understand my optimal sleep hours, when to stop eating before bed and when I need to pause working out to allow my body to recover. 

For sleep, I can’t live without my Chilipad, which is like a heating blanket, except in reverse. I’m a notorious over-heater during sleep, which has previously impacted my sleep quality. Ever since the Chilipad, I sleep like a baby right through the night.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

If you could somehow summon the spirit of Napoleon Hill – my favourite author who passed away in 1970 – then I would love you forever, please and thank you! 

But if you insist on someone who’s presently able to fog a mirror, I would love to see how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson structures his work-life balance when he goes from actively filming to his off-season. 

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Never forget that everything you do – the goals you set, the relationships you enter, and every action you take – is because you believe those things will allow you to feel the way you desire on the inside.

If you’ve never had crystal clarity on what and how you want to feel on the inside, then those goals, relationships and actions can inadvertently drive you in the opposite direction of how you want to feel.  Think, the entrepreneurs who want to experience freedom but find themselves working 14-hour days seven days a week.

Work-life balance means nothing until you become an expert in understanding – with precision – what feelings you desire to experience daily. Recognizing those desired feelings will evolve over time, so your view on work-life balance needs to adjust with them.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.