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Why this Silicon Valley CEO doesn’t believe in work-life balance

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Self-professed "crazy-entertainment officer" Hiroshi Saijou still doesn't think of work as 'work' despite spending more than 20 years at Yamaha Motors innovating and developing new technologies.

But by giving himself only two weeks of vacation each year, Saijou bucks the trend of Silicon Valley chief executives striving for the perfect work-life balance.

"I really don't like the term 'work-life balance' because work is part of my life. Private is also part of my life. I want to enjoy both."

"I want to enjoy my life, that's why I'm here," the CEO of Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley added.

Saijou says the key to thriving in your career is to not think of work as "tough" or "painful," but rather as a process of inspiration and creativity.

"I want to get more diversified ideas and a new kind of inspiration that stimulates me to think about things differently."

"Work is part of my life. Private is also part of my life. I want to enjoy both." -Hiroshi Saijou, CEO of Yamaha Motor Ventures

Another crucial point is surrounding yourself with great people. Saijou says the favorite part of his day is meeting with co-workers in the office, which helps him "feel motivated and ready for a new journey."

The Yamaha boss admits that he needs to have a bit more discipline over his life, but he thinks he's almost there.

"My time is my own, as long as I have control to switch on or off, that's okay for me."

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