What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Seerel Meadows | Content Creator

The most important factor behind the success of Dallas Discovered has been putting relationship-building first. When I was just launching Dallas Discovered, my biggest focus was engagement with my audience. I made it a priority to respond to every comment and question, which resulted in more authentic interactions with people who were truly searching for the best experiences Dallas had to offer. Dallas Discovered followers came to trust the quality of our content as they tried and loved our recommendations. Every time I showcased a new experience or locale, my audience was eager to share the information with friends and family, creating an even wider net of exposure. Even as our audience grows, I still focus strongly on quality engagement with people looking for the hottest spots in Dallas. Read more>>

Lon Barrera | Actor & Director

I listen to other people and glean what I would like to be and what I want to insure I avoid. I try my hardest to make sure everyone is heard and considered in every decision I make as both an actor and as a director. It’s important for me, particularly as a director to create a fun, safe, creative place for people to work, on both sides of the footlights Read more>>

Hadassah Warren | Founder & CEO Flying Colors Farm Equine Services

“If your heart is not in it, your downfall is already at your door” I think this phrase stretches vastly beyond the world of sports or business. In the challenging world of equine show preparation and management, one fundamental truth stands out: if you are not wholeheartedly invested in this endeavor, your downfall is already waiting at your door. As an equine professional, the passion for horses and equine sports is not just nice to have; it’s an absolute must if you are going to succeed. Without an unwavering commitment, genuine care, and a deep-seated love for these majestic animals and the equestrian world, your journey is destined to be a losing battle. Your heart must beat in rhythm with the hoofbeats, for it is this devotion that will fuel your persistence and ultimately define your success in this demanding and rewarding journey! Read more>>

Jasmine Bledsoe | Scholar Athlete & Entrepreneur

The most important factor behind my success is my work ethic. I am committed to doing my best in all areas of my life. In sports, I believe that I must work hard to show my teammates that I am willing to do the work that is needed for us to be a successful group. I apply that same work ethic to my education which is reflected in my grades in school. Not only am I leader on the court, but I am also a leader in the classroom. Ultimately, my work ethic shows up strongly with my business. Along with my creativity, as a designer I create custom jewelry and clothing apparel to enhance people’s self-confidence. Everyone deserves to feel good about who they are and what they wear. Read more>>

Pasha Carter | Owner at VIP Global Network and Magazine

The primary driving force behind my entrepreneurial success has always been an unwavering commitment to being the absolute best, a mindset I’ve carried since my early years. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I understood that being a young black kid in Alabama added an extra layer of competition. It was clear to me that I couldn’t settle for merely being good; I had to be the best. I’ve noticed a shift in mindset in the younger generation, with phrases like “everyone is a winner” and the prevalence of participation trophies. In my opinion, this approach can set young individuals up for failure in the real world. The competitive edge I cultivated from a young age has proven invaluable in my entrepreneurial journey. Read more>>

Mike Martinez II, D.O. | Director, Pain Management Asst/Asso Prof of Anesthesiology Dept of Anesthesiology Baylor Scott & White

The success of my brand can be attributed to the profound art of conversation. Whether it involves dedicated discussions with patients and their families, or seamless communication with fellow healthcare collaborators such as referring providers and hospital systems, the ability to engage in meaningful dialogues has been instrumental in my thriving practice. In today’s digital age, the invaluable skill of conversation seems to have diminished, as people increasingly gravitate towards digital interactions. However, I firmly believe that human connection through verbal communication remains paramount. While some may excel in crafting a brand image through keystrokes, I have thrived by embracing the power of spoken words. By incorporating genuine conversations, I have not only strengthened our in-person relationships but also enhanced our digital efforts, creating a synergistic effect that bolsters our brand presence. Read more>>