Soledad O'Brien Nails The Absurdity Of 'Work/Life Balance'


In the second episode of Pioneers, a new HuffPost Originals series talking with people at the top of their fields about what success and fulfillment mean to them, Soledad O'Brien discusses how she finds balance in life. The idea behind "work-life balance" is a "false dichotomy," she believes. She believes the important thing is to focus on finding a good balance of what moves you and you're able to be fully present in your home and work life. O'Brien also talks about her new media business, what moves her and more. Click through to watch the video. - Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien has all the traditional trappings of success: She's an award-winning journalist, founder of her own company and mother of four.

But for her, daily life is about something more simple.

"You have to be about the business of doing good work," she said. "That to me is success."

O'Brien's philosophy led her to the top of her field, and became a key factor in helping her reach new heights. She founded Starfish Media Group in 2013, a production and distribution company that creates documentaries about people who are often overlooked, and whose stories are interwoven with difficult, complex social issues.

"Telling stories through people, really trying to understand human beings... that makes me happy, I like to do that," she told HuffPost. "If we can continue to do that and grow that, I'll be really happy."

Because she focuses her time on things that bring her joy, O'Brien said that she doesn't experience conflicts between work and life -- to her, the idea of work-life balance is a "false dichotomy."