24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Gabriela Deantoni | Baker and Designer

Definitely it has become harder to balance life and my business, but because it is my own business and I am my own boss I am able to be more flexible. Balance meaning managing everything all at once in the proper way. Read more>>

Debbie Gonzalez | Public Speaker, Executive Coach & Trainer, Author

I’ve come to understand balance, not as equal parts of time between work and life, but as an intentional choreography of the most important things to me. When I align my activities to my values, I experience more joy. Through assessments and personal development, I discovered my character strengths are love, love of learning, and spirituality. Therefore, engaging with family and those I love brings me joy. Learning something new excites me. I believe in a power greater than me and the enormity of the universe. Being immersed in nature refuels me. Read more>>

Leslee Fontenette | Health & Wellness Coach

Balance is so important to me and is a huge part of what I help other people do. At the end of the day, it’s knowing my boundaries and how to stick to them in a respectful way. When I first had my daughter I was only starting out building my own business. As most people know having a newborn is something no one can really prepare you for. After the initial shock, I realized that my ‘balance’ was going to look a lot different from everyone else. Read more>>