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054: Alan Buttery: The Balance Myth

Alan Buttery, financial executive, discusses why work-life balance is a myth (and how you should approach it instead), thinking about your career differently, and lessons from being a musician, black belt, and Boston qualifying marathoner that we can all apply to our careers (even if we’re none of those things).

(Read the post that inspired this conversation: The Balance Myth)

What was your most important takeaway or a-ha moment from this conversation? Email me at or tweet to @brocedwards and let me know.


Alan Buttery, Financial Executive, Black Belt, Musician, Marathoner

Alan describes himself like this:
My background is unusual and diverse. I am a Senior Vice President in a Fortune 500 company with which I have worked for many years. I am also an entrepreneur operating a growing financial services business inside the company.

Outside of the corporate world my background and interests include time as a professional musician, as a bi-vocational pastor and church planter, as a karate sensei and demonstration team leader, and more recently as a runner and a marathoner. I have also been involved in various volunteer and philanthropic efforts for many years.

My volunteer efforts include experience as a charity fundraiser; work on industry, non-profit, and charity boards; and work on social and child welfare projects locally and around the world. I have helped support efforts in Haiti, India, Lebanon, and the Philippines. More recently, I have been focused on finding ways to help some sweet kids in orphanages in Honduras (pictured above.)

I believe that linking high performance with higher purpose leads to out-sized success and the ability to make a 10X impact. Whatever the endeavor, my goal is to make it 10X “better” as a result of my involvement. I am occasionally asked for my personal mission statement. It is simply to use my God-given abilities and opportunities to change the world and to help others do the same!

Connect with Alan:
Facebook: Alan Buttery

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