My main piece of advice would be to stay grounded. When the family is the most important thing to you and when you have a company or job that you love, it becomes easy to make them intertwined and find the time for both. If you love your work as much as you love your family, perpetual balance is simple. It’s not the load that breaks people down, it’s the way you carry it.
As a part of my series about the strategies that extremely busy and successful leaders use to juggle, balance and integrate their personal lives and business lives, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Gottfurcht.
Jeff Gottfurcht is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cyber Dive in Mesa, Arizona. Jeff grew up in Los Angeles, California, and after graduating from the University of San Francisco, spent fourteen years working on Wall Street as a Senior Vice President for two leading global financial firms. At the age of 27, in the middle of his Wall Street career, he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Doctors told him he would inevitably be in a wheelchair by the age of 40 but instead, he was standing on the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. He was selected as Man of the Year by the United Nations and their International School for the philanthropic work he does speaking around the country, inspiring kids and adults to push through their obstacles and achieve success.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit. Can you share with us the “backstory” behind what brought you to this particular career?
After returning from summiting Mount Everest, I followed the story of a young girl who had been sexually assaulted and exploited on social media. This is when it became obvious to me that social media companies were not doing their due diligence to protect children online and something needed to be done. In 2019, I partnered with ex-military intelligence officer…