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.

Annie Horcasitas | Founder, Pom Vida

My work life balance has had many variations over the years. I’ve worked while single, in a relationship and then while married with kids. I’ve also held full-time positions, part-time jobs, worked from home, endured long commutes, left the work force, and been self-employed. Each one of these combinations require a unique work life balance mindset and I’ve always done my best to find a way to give the most possible to my work, my family and myself. This doesn’t mean I’ve always succeeded, however. Currently, I am in one of my most challenging moments of finding work life balance to date. I started my own business last year and within months of launching, Covid hit. This not only meant that I was struggling to keep my brand new business afloat, but it also meant I was suddenly doing it from home…alongside my husband and three kids who were also suddenly working and studying from home. Read more>>

Jeremiah Caleb | Actor, Author, Activist

My view of balance in life has evolved over the years. As a little boy, I was obsessed with finding a way out of the trap of the predictable evangelical upbringing that kept me in a box. As a young artist in New York City, I became consumed with getting opportunities in my craft, as a young professional, I devoted most of my time to creating content and leaving an artistic legacy. Then, last year, I became a father. Since then everything I do and hope to be centers around my son. In light of that, I have finally come to see how a balance of work, spirituality, play and rest create a healthy lifestyle I want to model for my him. Finding balance between my calling and the living of my life has taken the pressure of my obsession with succeeding. Rather I have come to realize that by waking up every morning, loving well, serving well and working hard, I am already succeeding. Read more>

Victoria Franca | Founder of Omne Wellness & Functional Practitioner

I used to always strive for balance in my life but came to the realization that it is not maintainable for me personally. I believe in having seasons in life and there are seasons where I will devote myself more to my career, business and clients and others that I will take more time for myself, family, and rest. Regardless of the season, I make sure to always prioritize in at least 30 minutes in the morning and evening for myself that is non negotiable. By looking at my life through the lenses of seasons, it has taught me to take off the pressure on myself to have a balance because it just wasn’t something I was able to accomplish and then felt frustrated about it. With that, I have learned that it is important to notice the season that you’re in and make sure that you don’t extend a certain season. If my career is in a growth period I need to make sure that in those 3 months I do all that I can to push it’s growth, but that push has to be scaled back in the following season which helps me prevent burnout as well. Read more>>

Noah Pantaleon | Group Fitness Manager

This is a great question, especially in the times we are living in. I belive in balance. Mind, body and soul. This can’t be acheived without a work/life balance. Pre pandemic, I was a work a holic. Whatever needed to get done, I was willing and ready to give more. Many times sleep, food, exercise and self care would be set aside, if I needed to meet a deadline or teach an extra class. This is what I thought “high perforance living” was. During quarantine, I had an opportunity to re-evaluate what balance means to me. At Equinox, we have a 3 tier philosophy that fuels “high performance living”. MNR represents Movement, Nutrition and Regeneration. The big missing piece for me was regeneration. Once I made sleep and recovery a priority, my body started to change and my stress level went down. I felt better in general, and my performance at home and work improved. Read more>>