“We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else.”
Exactly seven years ago, Michael Deeb, left the corporate world in a bold move to live a full life with his family and pursue his passion for photography and travelling. He was only 57 years old; but he had decided it was time that he left his jet-setting corporate life behind to start another adventure. This time with a focus on quality of life.
“I guess it was time to focus on some “me” time,” he said. Now 64, with homes on four continents, Deeb has settled comfortably into a new lifestyle which includes going to the market with his wife, taking his two children to school, cruising on their yacht and photography. “I retook to the skies travelling this time with my family but I replaced my briefcase with my cameras,” he said. The family spends three to four months travelling each year and Deeb has been to more than 400 destinations worldwide.
Deeb previously held five CEO positions various sectors and founded two companies. He had devoted most of his adult life to working 16-hour days and travelling.This left little time for a social life and as a consequence, friendships suffered. “When you are taking 100 flights each year, friends simply stop calling you as you are never around,” he explained.
“There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner.”
“I was moving at an exhilarating pace. So, when I finally hit the stop button, the silence was deafening,” Deeb says. “It took me nine months to plot out a different course and transition fully to a new mindset,” he said. He started to enjoy the joys of being a parent for the first time.”There is a time for everything and I have no regrets making the change. If anything, I wish I did it sooner,” he said.
Today, he still sits on the boards of some companies in a non-executive role with an investment portfolio to manage. He also has a dedicated 4,000 sq. ft. personal studio where he focuses on portraiture, fashion and travel.
Deeb believes that one should always treat others how they wish to be treated themselves. “We should always appreciate that good fortune and success does not make us better or more deserving than anyone else,” he said.
七年前， Michael Deeb 做了一个大胆的抉择：抽身离开企业界，长时间陪伴家人，并全情投入自身热爱的摄影和旅行。他只有 57岁，但已经决定脱离全职公司工作生涯，开始人生另一场冒险，而这一次的重点是落在提升生活质量。
“这是时候聚焦在“我”个人生活。现年64岁的他以四大洲为家，舒适地融入了全新的生活方式。其中包括与妻子一起去菜市场，送两名孩子去上学，周旋于游艇巡航和摄影活动。“这次我带着家人重新航行，但我用相机代替了公文包。”这个家庭每年要花3到4个月的时间在旅程中，他的足迹已经走遍全球超过 400 个风光名胜。
Michael Deeb 此前曾担任过5家公司的首席执行员，并创立了两家公司。他成年后一天长达16个小时在工作并航行，社交空间受限，也让生活中的交友情况受到影响。他解释说，当你每年乘坐高达 100 次飞机时，朋友们就不会再给你打电话，因为你根本就不能在他们身边。
如今，他仍在一些公司的董事会中担任非执行职务，负责管理投资组合。他还拥有一个专属的 4000 平方英尺的空间作为个人工作室，专注于肖像画，时尚和旅行。