Jamie Pitt is the Co-Founder at Partnar.io, a SaaS platform that helps brands reach new customers by partnering and collaborating with other brands who share the same customers.
Let’s start with your background! Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?
My career probably started a bit differently to others as I was a professional soccer player, after retiring I was a little lost and tried numerous jobs. It wasn’t until I had an idea to create a clothing company that I thought of owning my own business. Once I managed to convert my first customer that I didn’t know I was absolutely hooked.
From my first eCommerce experience I’ve now managed to start and exit 4 eCommerce companies and believe it or not a beauty salon.
Now I am the co-founder of Partnar.io, a SaaS platform that helps brands reach new customers by partnering and collaborating with other brands who share the same customers.
We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?
I have 2 beautiful but crazy kids aged 4 and 2, and they like to get up very early. So most mornings they’re jumping on me in bed at about 4-4:30am, I try to be as present with them as possible in the mornings.
I generally leave to head into the office around 8:30 am and leave around 3:30-4pm
Again getting home I try to be present with the kids but with the business there’s times I get back home and have to work again.
I try to do some weights in the garage, eat dinner, put the kids to bed and then most often than not I am back on the computer working until about 9pm.
Can you define work-life balance for yourself and share with us your approach in maintaining it?
I am not the best at maintaining work-life balance. I truly love doing what I do so this means I probably work a little more than I should. However I am a startup founder and know that if I don’t work as hard as possible there’s a high chance that it will fail.
I do try to keep my weekends for being with family and trying to do at least one thing for myself like playing golf.
Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?
I’ve made my health and fitness a much bigger priority by training, eating better and making sure I get to bed earlier.
I’ve also stopped drinking alcohol since Christmas last year (now 2 months+) I wasn’t a big drinker but knew that drinking does affect me. I’d say stopping drinking has made the biggest difference.
We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?
Naval Ravikant’s podcast.
Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
If you’re working on something that really excites you I wouldn’t get too caught up in being “balanced” as you’re being drawn to it for a reason. As long as you’re looking after yourself and others that may depend on you, keep going.
There’ll be times you’re super motivated and want to work all of the time and times you’ll feel you need to take a break, both are perfectly fine. I’ve noticed personally this to be true for me.
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