We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?This is something that I will always struggle with. I am going through a very busy season of life, and I feel like I am constantly saying “NO”. I am saying no to golf, trips, dinners, meetings, etc. My children are 3 and 5 years old, and they get all of my attention when I am not working! I will have a social life again someday, but I am totally happy spending all my time with my wife and kids! (She prefers that I make the distinction of “second wife” lol)
Sarah… The second wife… Is the only reason I am able to make it through the week. She is so supportive, and she understands what it takes to be successful. I am so thankful that she listens to my ideas, that she doesn’t mind talking about work and that she is willing to be flexible when work changes our plans!
The biggest thing that I’ve changed about my work/life balance is that I turn off work when I am at home… Or at least I try my best… I don’t look at the cameras from the different businesses, I don’t check on sales and I try my best not to look at my phone or micromanage my people!
If you have to have tunnel vision, and totally focus on work. Then it isn’t worth it. I am not willing to sacrifice my family to have a successful career, and I don’t think you have to. I want to have great kids and give them every opportunity in life. That includes a dad that loves them unconditionally and supports their dreams!
Your business is bound to suffer if you have a lousy spiritual life and a lousy personal life. God has got to come first; your family has to come second and work has to come third.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am very proud of the people that I work with. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of talent, but I’ve been able to surround myself with people that do! They are the reason we have had success, and they are the only reason we will be able to grow!
I want the world to know that attitude is everything. People want to follow someone who is positive and tough! It’s the easiest thing in the world to be negative. Things will go wrong every day. But it’s your ability to pick yourself back up that determines success or failure!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would go to as many ford fry restaurants as possible. That’s really what I look forward to when I am headed into Atlanta! They are all fabulous and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m going to give all of the credit to sarah! she helped me make it through the last year and I am so thankful she is in my life
Instagram: @andrew_loren_williams / @eatsilverqueen
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