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.

Mairim Neves | Mujeres Omega Founder

My family of four includes two teenagers, my son is attending business at University in Canada, and my daughter is graduating High School this year. Between my husband and I we balanced our careers and our lives as immigrants in Canada since 2008. I persuaded my engineering career while wearing so many hats, as hockey mom, soccer mom, cheerleader mom, dance mom, driving kids all around town and managing school activities, sports, as well as working in my career.. Read more>>

Alyssa Perry | Owner and Principal Photographer at Alyssa Morgan Photography

Work life balance, to me, doesn’t exist. At least not the way we think of it, with set work hours and off days. And that’s not because I believe in a 24/7 hustle; quite the opposite actually. I think entrepreneurs – especially those of us with kids – live in a constant state of flux. Some days, sure, I’m in my office until midnight, eyes bloodshot, considering sleeping under my desk. But other days, I don’t even look at my inbox. Read more>>

Aline Faro | Healing Chef, Consultant, Health Coach

As a guide, the standard chef position demands 50-plus hours a week, including nights, weekends and holidays. For a chef job in a restaurant, expect to work 7 days a week for 12 to 14 hours each shift.Depending on your position in the kitchen hierarchy, you could work even more hours, especially if you’re a young cook still proving your mettle. In other words, as i started to grown on my field it became more and more demanding. Read more>>

Janelle Leo-Boyd | Maternal Support Practitioner, Certified Fertility Birth and Postpartum Doula and Traditional Doula Trainer ,Belly Binding Practitioner, Womb Steam Practitioner

This is such a great question! I’f I’m being honest, finding balance between working and resting should be top priority for women, especially because of our cyclical nature. Just as like the moon, women are cyclical beings and we must learn to operate around our cycle and that is something that I have found to be very beneficial in running a successful business. Our bodies require different things during the different phases of our cycles (follicular, ovulation, luteal, menstruation). Read more>>

Crystal / Betsy Baron / Osterholm | Crystal: co-founder & creative director of chaos & tonic; Betsy: co-founder & chief tonic officer of chaos & tonic

Balance, is like a unicorn. You want to believe it’s real but you don’t know that you’ve actually ever experienced it, or seen it for yourself. And if you have, you blink and poof! It’s gone. The truth is we’re all too busy to really be balanced or balanced for any real length of time. So the question for us, isn’t so much, how does one achieve balance, but rather how can you dial up your energy, the vibrational frequency of your being, Read more>>

Wrendly Mesidor | SGA Lieutenant Governor & Brand Representative

Well, My work-life balance has changed significantly over the past few weeks. As a student, it was difficult to maintain a full-time work and school balance.
So I was going to school during the daytime, and I was working multiple long hours on weekends. It was hard on my body and it took my fitness motivation away from me, but I find a job as a brand representative in my career, and I’m working 30 hours on top of making more money than before. Read more>>