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.
Ronnita Huff | Hair growth professional
Being a Wife, mom and business owner i had to create a great work life balance. After the pandemic l decided to focus more on my digital hair care plan which allows me to work part time in the salon and have more time freedom.
Working smarter is the best feeling. I have a ebook on how l did it. The 2 day work week. Read more>>
Kelly Stevens | Small Business owner & Full time Salesman
I think work life balance isn’t achieved unless you actively put forward an effort to achieve it. It can be easy to get swept up in the many roles we play in our lives whether it be motherhood, daughter, partner, employee, employer … etc. Work life balance for me is making time for myself while also managing the other roles in my life. Last year I focused a lot on work. This year I’ve dedicated more time to travel and just enjoy my fruit of labor. I’ve even planned a solo cruise just to focus on me, unwind a little, and just take my mind off of the world for a little while. The balance for me is definitely a work in progress and it is something I am mindful of. Read more>>
Amber AlMasri | Yoga Instructor and Fitness Instructor
I spent many years pushing myself to an extreme until I hit burnout in late 2019. I had pushed so hard and for so long to the detriment of my health and the relationships around me. I had no choice but to make a change. I also had to take a really hard look at what I enjoyed most about my business and begin to eliminate the things that did not serve me. Read more>>
Todd Miller | Business Leader, Professor, Actor, Writer, and soon to be Producer
The work life balance question is an interesting one because I think we tend toward balance meaning equal time or equal components. I think this “equal” idea is why so many of us have difficulty finding balance. When my kids were younger, work/life balance for me meant making sure that my work allowed me the time to spend with my family. I never missed a game, a birthday, a concert, a first word or first step. I knew that this stuff was all temporal in nature. Once it is gone, it is gone. Now that my kids are more grown, I am able to put more time into work. Read more>>
Sarah Crosby | Owner of Hair by Sarah Croz
I’ve always been a goal setter and a goal achiever. I make a goal and come hell or high water, I’m going reach that goal. It was easier as a kid. If I was going to finish a school project by a certain day, it would be done by that day. In college, I had my eyes set on competing and touring with the Ballroom Dance Team for my university. I worked and worked until I reached that goal. Read more>>
Erik Williams | Freelance Photographer
It’s a struggle at times to find balance between my work life and my personal life, but over the years, I’ve found that taking time for myself is absolutely necessary. Personally my balance was out of whack for a few months, but I made changes to insure that it was restored and as a result, my emotional and physical states improved greatly. Read more>>