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.

Sonny Fernandez | Professional Dog Trainer

After 12 years of active duty military service I learned the importance of balancing work and home life. In the first couple years there was no balance and the military’s needs always took priority while my family humbly took the back seat. Adversity often came in the form of deployments, long distance moves and unpredictable working hours. After a few years of service and marriage we learned to balance what little time was given between training and deployments. Read more>>

Taryn Natzic | Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

Trying to balance work and life has been at the core of each decision I have made over the last 2 years, including the decision to open my own business. After 13 years in the corporate world, I knew I didn’t have the balance in life that I wanted. I wanted less time in the office, behind a monitor and more time to enjoy fitness and family. Starting my business has allowed me to dictate my work hours and freed my time and energy for the things I am passionate about. Read more>>

Helsa Thompson | Yoga and Meditation Instructor

For the majority of my life, I suffered from “Superwoman Syndrome”. To be honest, I still do. Superwoman syndrome is the idea that you have to do it all, and do it all to perfection. Its the belief that you have to juggle all the the balls without dropping any. So in an effort to keep all the balls afloat and fulling all of my roles and responsibilities to perfection, I neglect myself, leading to stress, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. This was my reality for a long time. Work-life balance did not come natural for me, and it still doesn’t, but overtime I realize the importance of work life balance and prioritizing self care. Read more>>

Greg Garcia | Owner & Founder, Proletas Protein Ice Cream

Balance is a simple concept, but a tricky execution. I’ve learned that balance doesn’t necessarily mean the amount of time spent, but rather the quality of the time. For example, my kids, especially when they were younger, needed more time together, and as they’ve aged, they need less. I have learned and work to spend my time intentionally. Its not easy, its always a battle with all of the calls and distractions of modern living, but I try. Read more>>

Julius Boatwright | Black Mental Health and Wellness Advocate

Throughout the pandemic, how I think about and approach work-life balance has evolved for the better. I recently started doing yoga multiple times a week and it’s transformed my perspective on wellness. I’m learning that it’s necessary to prioritize my mental health while serving as an advocate in the field. In fact, my yoga practice is showing me how important it is to slow down, breathe, and meditate. If my mind, body, and spirit aren’t nourished, I can’t be a supportive husband, leader, or friend. Read more>>

Rasheda Bell | Epidemiologist & Business Owner

My work life balance has changed drastically. Between working full.time and running a business full.time it can be very challenging at times but I am grateful to be doing the two things I love. Read more>>