How Netflix’s Co-Founder keeps his work-life balance in check

Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix, considers his greatest achievement as spending Tuesday evenings with his wife, despite his hectic schedule.
By: | January 9, 2023

Increasingly, the lines between professional and personal lives have become more blurred as a result of the unpredictable and under-pressure working environment. To adapt to the hustle culture of today’s world, achieving work-life balance has become increasingly challenging for many employees.

A different perspective, however, was shared by Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix, who took to LinkedIn to elaborate on how he maintains the balance between work and his personal life.

“I’ve worked hard, for my entire career, to keep my life balanced with my job. For over 30 years, I had a hard cut-off on Tuesdays. Rain or shine, I left at exactly 5pm and spent the evening with my best friend,” he wrote.

The American techpreneur recounts the challenges he has faced in balancing his work with his personal life throughout his career, and highlights that he would not miss Tuesday evenings with his best friend and wife, Lorraine Kiernan.

“Nothing got in the way of that. No meeting, no conference call, no last-minute question or request,” Randolph wrote. “We would go to a movie, have dinner, or just go window-shopping downtown together…Those Tuesday nights kept me sane. And they put the rest of my work in perspective.”

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Randolph concluded by emphasising his definition of success, “The thing I’m most proud of in my life is not the companies I started, it’s the fact that I was able to start them while staying married to the same woman; having my kids grow up knowing me and liking me, and being able to spend time pursuing the other passions in my life,” he said.