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Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Founder and CEO, Care.com

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As an entrepreneur and as a manager, the hardest part of the job is always the responsibility of having to let people go. I’ve always felt though that I would rather be upfront and honest, since sometimes the relationship just isn’t the right fit. Throughout my career though, I’ve always made a point of maintaining my relationships with people I have worked with in any capacity.

Describe what work/life balance means to you:

I think the best way I have managed to achieve work/life balance is by realizing it is okay to ask for help and sometimes admit to myself that I can’t do it all. Balancing work and family is tough, and I’ve reached a point where I know it’s impossible to be super-mom. What’s important though is that my kids are well cared for, and they are growing up and learning. And best of all, our family genuinely looks forward to the time that we do spend together.

I also know that it’s important to take some time out occasionally to take care of myself. Whether that be exercising or treating myself to a manicure, I no longer feel guilty about putting myself first once in a while. You will be a much better mom for your kids in the end if you learn to do that.

One piece of advice for other entrepreneur moms:

My one piece of advice is to focus on the importance of developing meaningful long-term relationships whether with colleagues, partners or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions, but to me, the most important aspect of my professional life is the relationships that I am building for the long haul with those around me.

And of course, don’t sweat the small stuff! There have been circumstances in my professional life that have seemed like a big deal at the time, and I later have realized it was just a bump in the road.

1 comment so far...

  • sheila ,
    great interview, wow this give me a rush of ideas.... i hope i can do half of wht u have done or ur doing right now ....
    thank u again

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by shwe on 5th April 2011

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