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.

Marcus Stokes | Dj

My balance has gotten better, at times it gets hectic especially when you dedicate certain seasons to the business. What helps is having people around you that understand your vision, keep you grounded, and continue to be a positive influence through the ups and downs. Read more>>

Emilia Olsen | Painter

Understanding my live/work balance has been a process. When I worked at an office regularly, I made it to my studio at least a few times every week. I tried to aim for quality through quantity, as in working long hours at once. The hard thing about that is it caused a lot of high highs in the studio and low lows, because not every day you go can be a good studio day, and taking the failures can be hard when you only get limited time to be there. I was also attending studio openings often and balancing the social part of being an artist. Like for many people, the pandemic changed a lot for me. I wasn’t making it to my studio regularly, and my world shrunk to the size of my apartment and my neighborhood. I drew almost constantly, filling sketchbooks but not painting, which is normally the focus of my practice. Read more>>

Val and Alan Rueda-Ramirez | Lifestyle Photographers

When we first started, we knew was that we loved taking pictures of people and documenting their most special moments. We decided to really take a leap of faith in starting because we had limited business experience and also full-time jobs. At first, we took it step by step and faced trial and error as we went along, so it took up a lot of time. We were committed to learning and getting better, but that also meant long nights of online research and endless editing sessions! Now, we have a better grip on our time and scheduling when it comes to our photography business because we have systems! Now we are able to manage editing multiple galleries while also not killing ourselves with work loads after our day job. This seems like a minor and almost given thing, but it took a while for us to be able to manage our time better in order to be able to work a day job, run to shoots, edit galleries within a time frame, and also still have time to ourselves and our social lives!. Read more>>

Stacy Letrice | Professional Dancer, Dance Entrepreneur & Dance/Movement Therapist

In 2020, my life completely fell apart and I lost everything because of my unbalanced lifestyle. I was not mindful of work life balance prior to the pandemic because I was very career driven and put my career before my health, relationships, spiritual life and healing. The world stopped when the pandemic began and I had no choice but to look at all areas of my life. My relationship with my boyfriend at the time ended. My relationship with my best friend of 20 plus years ended. Majority of my meals consisted of eating out and eating fast foods. Going to church no longer felt like a fulfilling spiritual practice. And, my anxiety and depression made life feel unbearable. Read more>>

Adam Mopsick | CEO & Co-Founder of Amicon

While “work life balance” is becoming a more popular phrase in the business world, it is a concept I have always taken very seriously. I approach everything I do – whether family, work or personal – with the intention of being purposeful and fulfilled. What does this mean? It’s easy for people in our industry with Type A personalities to be so absorbed by the demands of work that they lose focus on the purpose. Undoubtedly, there are strenuous times in everyone’s job, but I reached a realization in my career that I decided to place more importance on truly enjoying the work I do and the people I do it with. Life is too short to work with people who don’t bring out the best in you. Once I changed that mindset, it massively shifted into my personal life as well. I am fortunate to be working in an industry with a team I love, and it is that positivity that flows into how I spend time with my family and friends and into my own personal hobbies. Read more>>

Daenne Dolce, MBA | Woman of God, Writer & Entrepreneur

At the beginning of my journey, I did not know what balance was. I was always working nonstop. I didn’t realize how unhealthy it was until it took a toll on me physically. I suffered from extreme exhaustion and I was put on bed rest. From then, I realized that my well-being is more important than any business. I didn’t stop working completely, but I started to have more of a balanced life. I made time for self-care and I couldn’t be any happier. Read more>>

Shaun Curry | Entrepreneur and Podcast Host

Covid-19 has affected us all tremendously. Before, I thought nothing of putting in long work hours during the day, staying up late to beat a deadline. Life BC (i.e., “before-Corona) was very busy. Sure you make time for friends and family, exercise when you can, etc., but the demands of family and professional obligations was a constant struggle. As crazy as it may sound, the pandemic did have its blessings. Although I have worked remotely for 5 years, this time I allowed myself a little extra grace and patience to navigate the transition we all were feeling. It allowed me to establish a routine of self-care that incorporated yoga and meditation, getting out in nature and preparing more healthy meals from home. Life is really about balance so I check in with myself periodically and ask ‘am I happy and fulfilled?’ This simple question allows me to tweak what I can for my wellbeing and health. Read more>>