When people ask Brent Saunders how he became so successful at a young age, he said he often notes his ability to not chase the next job while he's in a job.
"I always try to do the best job I possibly can and let the rest take care of itself," Saunders said on "Off The Cuff," a series that features top leaders in candid interviews about life beyond the corner office. "It's also about doing a good job, and then having time for what's important to you — whether it be your family or other activities."
At 42 years old, Saunders is president and CEO of Bausch & Lomb, a 159-year-old company that makes eye care products such as contact lenses and solutions, pharmaceuticals, and surgical equipment.
When Saunders was tapped to run Bausch & Lomb in March 2010, the company was still trying to regain its footing. Several years before, the company's ReNu with MoistureLoc disinfection solution had been linked to a potentially blinding eye infection, and the product was recalled.
Under Saunders' direction, the privately held company reorganized and sales rose to $2.8 billion in 2011. Earlier this year, there was speculation that the company could go public, if wasn't pursued by a rival as an acquisition target.
Saunders emphasized the passion he has for both his job and his family, noting that a perfect vacation would be at a destination where he can balance spending time with his wife and kids and staying connected to the office.
He also gets a kick out of watching his two daughters play sports.
With more than 30 Bausch & Lomb offices around the world, Saunders does his share of traveling. He relies on technology to keep him connected and make his life easier. But to stay healthy despite numerous traveling itineraries, requires true discipline, he said.
"I always bring my sneakers and exercise clothes and try to spend some time in the gym, immediately when I land," Saunders said.
When out of the office, Saunders' guilty pleasures are playing golf and being outside to recharge his mind and batteries. He also relaxes by attending his daughters' events and helping them out with their homework.
"I think when people truly have wealth, they have happiness in their life," he states. "For me, it's about having a great family and two wonderful kids — to me, that's great wealth."