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"I love technology and writing. They complement each other."

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Aran Erel was able to combine his passion for technology with his love of writing thanks to the support and help of his wife. His day job is F5 Networks’ Country of Israel, Greece and Cyprus. Errell says his first book would not have been published without the help and trust of his wife. He says it’s also essential to support her passion. has become a fun family activity. Erel explains that his novels involve technology, and his day job at F5 is also storytelling. He advises everyone to not only find a job they love, but also a hobby to fulfill them.

I have to say you have probably the most amazing work background I have ever seen.

tell my wife This is actually one of the benefits of being married to an interior designer.

Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do, and your career journey.

There are two areas that I can’t let go of. I’ll talk a little bit about my career and then I’ll talk about writing and how it all works together for me. After that, he joined an integration company as an information security engineer. i love technology. Everything I do is grounded in my love of technology and building solutions with people. After that, what I really did was switch to the business side. Within Cisco, he managed the private sector. Then within F5, for the last three years what I’ve actually been doing is Country Manager for Israel, Greece, Cyprus and the Palestinian Authority. This is also interesting. Palestinian authorities.

My hobby is writing books. I have published two best-selling novels. What really inspired me to write my first book was a start-up company I started right after I left the military. It ended badly. And when it was over, I had two options. Take some legal action or sit in front of a blank page when you start writing. It took me 49 days to write my experience, five years later, through various iterations, into a 500-page completely fictional novel. I need both in my life because I think they complement each other.

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Aran Erel, Country Manager for Israel, Greece and Cyprus at F5 Networks

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How do you balance these aspects of your life?

They are different, but they are not. they are intertwined. Both my books contain pieces of some kind of technology. My actual day job is telling stories. I tell stories at conventions, presentations, team meetings, strategy meetings. Everything we do is a story. It makes things much more interesting. These two things are intertwined. Lighting with technology and lighting with technology.

How do they fill you differently?

Writing is very lonely. As I write, I find myself locking the door to my room. Don’t go out for 12 hours straight. I am just writing. On the other hand, we are always talking about technology and business. It is the opposite of loneliness. Sometimes you want to be alone. This is how I explain to myself when I need both pieces.

How do you know what to do when? To do either well, you need to approach it with a clear mind.

You can’t write a book while actually doing your daily tasks and routines. You have to disconnect, clear your mind, and just write. If you are very disciplined, it may take you a few weeks to write a book. Worked 14 days in a row. I plan to do 10,000 words a day. I will be well prepared. But when I’m writing, there’s no interference whatsoever. It looks like a sprint.

But the problem is that it’s not done. I need to let this go in order to pass it on to someone who reads it and gives me feedback. This is a marathon. Now you can do your daily work. Please allow at least 2-3 months for feedback. When you start editing and changing your book, you can do it overnight. It can be done in the morning or on weekends. That way, you can finish the book while you’re actually working on it, and nothing will get in your way. The sentence itself should be a sprint.

I think this speaks to a larger trend that we are growing up in a more interdisciplinary world. I can only assume that most people in the world are at least excited about two things. Have you ever thought what this means for different people?

I think people should have hobbies. Follow up on your passion. you have to love what you do. If you’re not really interested in what you do every day, you probably need to change roles or change jobs. But love what you do. Then find a hobby that actually satisfies you.

I think every person should have this hobby. We live here in Israel and everything can be very, very stressful. we work very hard. Sometimes we forget to relax a little. Everyone can definitely find this passion. Also, everyone should follow this passion and find a framework to make it work. you know how to make it work. No one else knows how to make it work.

How will you communicate those decisions to the world and your family?

I am lucky here. The only reason I was able to actually publish this book was my wife. She was an integral part of the conception process for what we were about to write. We have been working together for days to resolve these issues. The best solutions actually come from her, not me. You need a partner who believes in you and can run this marathon with you. But you have to remember that your partner has passions of their own too, and you need to make sure you support their passions too. It works only if

I’ll give you a few examples. My wife has been her interior designer for the past 5 years. Before that she worked in retail. One day she came to me and said, “I don’t want to do this anymore. I love design. I want big changes.” she actually did it. She studied for several years. she changed our lives. Now she has a successful interior design business. We support each other. If you don’t have this support system in place and the other person doesn’t want to support you, it becomes even more difficult.

How do you take what you have learned about yourself, your wife, and reaching personal fulfillment through a structured framework as a father?

First, I try not to put too much pressure on my children. If they like it too, I try to do what I like with them. We actually write short stories together. If my son has an idea, he’s 10 and just wrote a book. If you like music, play music with your child. You love technology, so you bring your kids to team meetings, department meetings, and conventions. What you do is becoming part of the whole family. You try to enjoy what you do as a family.

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Forbes 30 Under 30, Michael Matias is a Venture Fellow at Innovation Endeavors and an Investing Venture Partner at Secret Chord and J-Ventures. He studied artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction at Stanford University and was an engineer at Hippo Insurance. Matthias previously served as an officer in Unit 8200. 20MinuteLeaders is his series of interviews on tech entrepreneurship, featuring his one-on-one interviews with engaging founders, innovators and thought leaders. Share their journeys and experiences.

Contributing Editors: Michael Mathias, Megan Ryan