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The Importance of the Families

If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
John Wooden

A man should never neglect his family for business.
Walt Disney

Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
Martha Stewart

All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
Jack Nicklaus

I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash

A Balanced Life

It is the human condition that we need to continually prune our lives in many respects to keep our balance. For any new activity we take on, it is necessary that we discard some other.
M. Scott Peck

It isn’t success if it costs you the companionship and chumminess and love of your children. Very often, busy, wealthy men and women of momentous affairs discover too late that they have sacrificed the finest thing in life, the affection of their family.
B.C. Forbes

One thing I learned from my father is to have balance between work and family. I watched my father work 18 hours a day all throughout my childhood. He and my mother divorced in the late ‘60s and I’m sure it was because he spent too much time in the business.
Jim Perdue

I used to put so much emphasis on tennis. But now I’ve learned that the great things in life are the simple, basic things.
Chris Evert

Don’t wait to get sick to set your priorities straight. Value your health and your family and friends, because they aren’t replaceable. There will always be another deal, client, market or promotion around the corner. This approach is not only healthier, it will probably help you perform better on the job.
Joe Torre

Family First

Your family is what counts, and you must always remember that as you get caught up in your professional responsibilities.
John Wooden

I like winning money at golf and earning money in other ways – and I like to spend it – but the most important card in the deck to me is the ace of hearts – my family. They come first.
Jack Nicklaus

My father made a conscious choice to put his family ahead of his career. He certainly could have gone to Hollywood, but he decided to raise his family on the East Coast as normally as possible. My dad put his family first and he taught me to do the same – a lesson for which I will always be grateful.
Chris Elliott

If golf should ever jeopardize my family life, it would be gone in a heartbeat.
Kirk Triplett

When I was younger, before I had children and money, all I wanted to do was play golf, work at my golf, get better at my golf. But when the children came my time with them was very important to me.
Tom Watson

The Importance of the Family

You may be the world’s greatest boss or your company’s best manager, but if your spouse and family resent the inordinate amount of time you spend at the office, your personal life will suffer.
Robert Dedman

Having children has enhanced me as a person. It probably took me away from the time I needed to spend to be the top of my game, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Tom Watson

If racing had been the only thing in my life, I wouldn’t have been a very happy person. But I learned my family loved me whether I won or lost.
Michael Waltrip

Home is where my heart is right now – with all four of my girls who bring me such joy.
Ben Crenshaw

My wife and I have five children. To have their respect is the ultimate hall of fame. They see it all. They see how you treat each other. Getting and keeping their respect is what really matters. The question we must continually ask ourselves is, “How do we get to where we want to go and still remain a hero to those we love?”
Roger Staubach

A Balanced Life

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Robert Fulghum

Much of your life can be healthy and satisfying, but if an important part of it is not working well, you will not feel fulfilled. Successful living is not a matter of success in the workplace or success at home; it is the product of their combination.
Dr. David Niven

I’ve realized that there’s enough work for me to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But if you don’t have balance in your life, then you are not going to be as productive in your career.
Jim Perdue

I don’t agree with the idea that you have to live in a bubble and sacrifice all your time to something if you want to succeed. I need to be interested in things outside my sport, and I need to meet new people.
Ryoko Tamura

I don’t talk about work at all when I’m at home. I’ve learned to pick up at 5:30 and leave the office. You have to be able to accept that work will never be finished. Nothing is ever “done.” Some people think of it as a treadmill, but I know that even if I spend three times as much time at the office, there would still be more to do.
Ann Palermo

Family First

My job is not my whole life. My most important responsibility is to my family and to the child I chose to have.
Karen Hughes

There’s something else to live for, something else to come home to. I’ve got a wife, a son and a daughter and they are so much more important to me than golf.
Nick Price

Being with my daughters and taking care of my family now definitely takes precedence over winning a golf tournament. I want to win, but the time I spend on my golf game compared to the time I spend with my family has really changed.
Nancy Lopez

I am not willing to make my family number two to get to the Super Bowl.
Joe Schmidt, on why he resigned from the Detroit Lions

I am sure it was after Nan arrived, our third child, that my unhappiness really started to grow whenever Barbara and the kids were not with me on the road. Taking them with me created an additional workload and responsibility that sometimes left me with less energy for golf, but it was a price I happily accepted. With them around, I felt so much better. If golf had ever seriously jeopardized our family life, I would have quit the game cold.
Jack Nicklaus

Family First

Strive as valiantly to work and succeed with your family as you do with your career.
Phil Mulkey

Near the end of his career, Payne regularly turned down appearance fees of $50,000 to $100,000 per day, simply because he valued his time at home with our family.
Tracey Stewart

I think success in life is being a good parent. I want my kids, when they leave the house, to want to come back and visit us – that would be the ultimate. When your kids want to fish with you and have dinner with you, that could be the biggest kick anyone could ever have.
Nick Price

Before I had a child, I was driven by work, especially this job at the Today show. Until I got married, it was the most important thing in my life. Now it’s a distant third. I don’t experience the highs I used to with work but it’s nice because I don’t experience the lows, either. I used to define myself by what happened in my career. I now define myself by what happens when I walk into the apartment at night.
Matt Leuer