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.

Gaby Viteri | Jewelry Consultant and Stylist

Work life balance has been a key factor in my career since day one Bc I have been a mom since before my career began, so both have always been very important. . All my jobs have in a way been shaped by my work/life balance or lack there off. I only accepted jobs that allowed me to have enough flexibility. On that same token I passed in a lot of opportunities Bc it was not a good fit for my life at the time. As children grow and as their needs shift, this balance has also changed. Today I’m in a stage in life where I can devote so much mire time to my business than I ever would have before. My takeaway is that there is no recipe for the perfect work/life balance. It’s something that flows and changes depending of what stage in life I’m in. Read more>>

Melissa Lovio Sanchez | Behavior Analyst & Lifestyle Blogger

I used to think that a balance was laughable, but I’m not starting to realize its true importance. I think this honestly is something you need to figure out on an individual basis and learn what you need as an individual in order to feel at peace, while also being productive. For me, I know I need to include self care in my daily routines. I make sure to carve out time for a workout, meditation or a bath within my every day. If I include some “me time” in my work days where I give to myself, I find I am better able to give more to others. Read more>>

Valentina Costa | CEO. Production & Beauty Industry. She/Her. Immigrant. 1 degree. 5 languages.

Coming from Italy, I came from a reality where the standards were very high but most employers would try to not pay or not pay accordingly to the standards that I found here, which are what makes my job a actual job and not a hobby. In addition, here the flow of opportunities is so much more dynamic. Nowadays the scenario is different than then considering how the internet and the opportunities created by the new media have broken geographical boundaries for younger generations. My first stage was: No more starving artist, I will take anything that comes my way. Then I came to realize that I was working all the times but a good life for me is, yes, about growth, fulfillment and finances in great shape, but also about balance. Family, social life, making memories, working out, keeping my body and soul active and feeling energetic, cultivating hobbies are very important to me. Since I love my job and and I get engaged for work by a lot clients, it is easy to fall in a spiral of workaholism because it feels fulfilling, and the adrenaline can be addictive. Read more>>