Work Quality, Family Time, Beijing Chronicles

Embarking on the entrepreneurial journey often demands a delicate balance between professional pursuits and personal life. One defining chapter in my entrepreneurial story took place in 2016 in the vibrant city of Beijing, where I learned valuable lessons about the importance of quality time at work and quantity time with family. Join me as I reminisce about a memorable moment spent with partners in a Beijing restaurant and share insights from this experience.

Quality Time at Work

Being an entrepreneur is synonymous with dedication and hard work. In Beijing, our team immersed themselves in the fast-paced business landscape, fostering innovation and cultivating a collaborative work culture. Quality time at work, for us, meant not just putting in the hours but investing our energy into meaningful projects that aligned with our vision. It was about creating an environment where passion and purpose thrived, laying the groundwork for success.

The Beijing Chronicles

Refreshed for the a new year start.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of business meetings and strategy sessions, there came a moment when we decided to step back and appreciate the cultural richness of Beijing. The city’s historical landmarks, culinary delights, and vibrant atmosphere beckoned, offering a perfect backdrop for bonding outside the confines of the office. It was during one such exploration that we stumbled upon a quaint restaurant that would become the setting for a memorable evening.

Quality time at work and Quantity time with Family

As entrepreneurs, our partners in business often become an extended family. The dinner in Beijing became a celebration of not just our professional endeavors but of the bonds we had forged on this entrepreneurial journey. The camaraderie among us was palpable as we shared stories, toasted to milestones, and relished the flavors of Beijing cuisine. In that moment, the distinction between quality time at work and quantity time with family blurred, reminding us that both are essential ingredients for a fulfilling life.

Insights and Takeaways

Striking the Right Balance

 The Beijing experience underscored the importance of finding a harmonious balance between work commitments and personal relationships. As entrepreneurs, recognizing when to immerse ourselves in projects and when to step back for rejuvenation is key to sustained success.

Cultivating Meaningful Connections 

The bonds we formed during that evening in Beijing extended beyond the professional realm. Investing in relationships with business partners can enhance collaboration, create a supportive work environment, and contribute to the overall success of the venture.

Embracing Cultural Experiences 

Beyond the boardroom, embracing cultural experiences enriches our lives and broadens our perspectives. Exploring the local cuisine, landmarks, and traditions not only fosters personal growth but also fuels creativity in our professional pursuits.

The Beijing restaurant rendezvous stands as a vivid reminder of the delicate dance entrepreneurs perform, balancing the demands of work with the joys of personal connections. As I reflect on that evening, I’m reminded that the success of our endeavors is not just measured in financial gains but in the quality of relationships we build along the way. Beijing, with its mix of tradition and innovation, served as a perfect backdrop for this realization, and the lessons learned continue to shape my entrepreneurial journey today.


These moments never get old. 

I’m thankful for having the chance to spend some quality time with family.


Yannick Tchoum is passionate creative, who is the Founder, Chairman & C.E.O. @ The Tchoum Group. He leads the vision and oversees the management of all subsidiaries companies under the holding's umbrella