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Balancing the Grind With Marcus Ehrlich, Founder & CEO of Ninox Robotics

Marcus Ehrlich is the founder & CEO of Ninox Robotics, a leading provider of managed RPAS services to strategic industries and government.

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

A bit of a mix. I am an arts/law grad (majoring in politics and international relations). During uni I was a local government politician (local government councillor, Deputy Mayor and Acting Mayor).

Following uni, I was a lawyer (construction, infrastructure and planning) and I had a small company on the side that imported beer into Australia from Iceland. I then quit the law and founded Ninox Robotics where I am now the Managing Director.

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

It varies a bit. A combination of planning, decision making, meetings (face to face and over video call), admin, some business development meetings with 3rd party suppliers and working with my leadership team. There is also a bit of travel.

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

It sure does. Remote working fits in quite easily with my lifestyle and routine. My working style is all about quality over quantity.

I would rather be happy and productive by leading a complete life not dominated by work, so when I am working, I am in the best possible mindset to make the best decisions for the company.

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

I just live, which involves me working, spending time with my family, friends and partaking in the things I enjoy. If something like work comes to dominate the other things, I change tack.

5) What do you think are some of the best habits or routines that you’ve developed over the years to help you achieve success in your life?

Show grit when times are tough.

Approach problems as rationally as possible and try and keep emotions at bay when making calls, big or small.

Also, and this is boring, but list tasks and priorities in an overall “strategic” framework and knock them off.

Exercise. That’s a good habit!

And take time to relax. That’s a good routine!

6) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?

Sure. Plenty. But from a professional perspective, probably Grit by Angela Duckworth. And in terms of “personal improvement”, most things written by Chris Hitchens. Make of that what you will.

7) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?

Sleep well.

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

I don’t think I would. I think you need to find out what works for you and what makes you most productive.

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

Read widely. It will give you perspective.

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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.