Some Mormons teach music to high school students. Some work as career counselors. And some are in the process of revolutionizing the health care industry. Well, at least one of them is.
Harvard professor Clayton Christensen’s work on health care is featured on the cover of the newest edition of Forbes Magazine. The story paints a picture of a man of great accomplishment. But it also touches on his family relationships and explains what a big part his Mormon faith plays in his life.
I’ve gotten to interact with Clayton as part of my volunteer work for our church. What impresses me most is how approachable and warm he is. The Forbes article describes how he is extremely careful about how he uses his time. And yet when I once asked him for some suggestions about sharing God’s message of love with others, it seemed like he had all the time in the world to help me out. I greatly admire his talent to focus on those around him.
In my work as a scientist, I often find myself faced with intense time pressures. Like many of us, I struggle to find the right balance between work, family, and service in the church and in the community. Having gotten to know Clayton has helped me in two ways. First, his example of serving others inspires me. But perhaps even more importantly, I have benefited from hearing him comment on his struggle to balance his different responsibilities. If he is still learning and yet has done so much good, maybe I should be patient with myself and trust that God will gradually teach me how to best use my time.
I would be interested to hear your perspective on time management. How do you choose how much time to spend at work, with the family, or serving others?