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.

Shaquinta Richardson | Life Coach & Consultant

The concept of work/life balance is the foundation of why I built my business. I see balance as a fluid concept rather than a stagnant one that can shift and change as our lives shift and change. The issue that many people have is that work heavily outweighs the life aspect within the balance when work is only a part of what our lives encompass. It’s often at the center of people’s worlds and takes up the majority of the space. Read more>>

Daphane Carter | Co-Founder of Cashid Beverages (Daphane Limoncello)

I think we need to find a new paradigm for work life balance which is beyond an aspiration for an equal weightage on the scale of work life and personal life, and beyond the more accepted work life integration paradigm, we need to look at integration plus boundaries plus joy. I have coined my own personal term for this…worthy wholeness. I am worthy of being whole at all times. After a battle with breast cancer and burnout as an executive, what I found to be satisfying and worthy of my time and energy evolved. Read more>>

Carla Hartman | Marketing and Revenue Growth Expert

As I have grown in my career and my life I have really found the importance of boundaries. There was a point in time where I would make myself available at all hours of the day and every day of the year but as I have grown in my career, I stopped answering emails and calls during hours that I have not dedicated to work. Being too available can create a constant state of stress and I make my best decisions when I can think through things calmly. Being able to truly decompress is extremely important. Read more>>

Jorge and Daniela Cauich Inverse Art | Artists and Jewelry Designers

Daniela: I would say they’ve become more interwoven, but not in the sense that it’s overwhelming. Art is a way of life for us both, and it only feels natural to do a little something each day. We have two children, so sometimes, we can do a lot, sometimes we do a little where we can, and sometimes nothing gets done- and that’s okay. We are done beating ourselves up about it and it feels good to simply create for the sake of creating. Read more>>