Patrick Pichette the 7 year CFO of the search engine Google has announced his retirement via a post on his Google+.

In his announcement he left a great note on work/life balance or lack there of.

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.

The whole post is definitely worth the read and provides a look at Patrick’s a glimpse of his time at Google but more importantly events that occurred over that time frame. Touching on very personal milestones in his life from his family to the very story that started it all the climbing of Mt Kilimanjaro. As of yet Google hasn’t announced a replacement but Mr.Pichette will stay in place until the transition occurs.

It reminds me of the great quote by Alain De Botton

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.