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.

Starr Nathan | Film Director

I’m a hard worker. Yes, it’s noble but my mind, body and creativity have all paid the price when I don’t boss up and establish boundaries to create balance. Early 2021, I removed myself from the matrix of productivity. It’s been the best investment with my time thus far, and it really propelled my business and visibility once I knew how to navigate things I couldn’t control. Read more>>

Yana Polshina & Jacquie Aphimova | Partners in Vespera Floral Studio | custom floral design in and around Los Angeles, CA

Thankfully, Vespera Floral Studio is a mother-daughter project rooted in creative expression. So although Vespera takes up a lot of what would be called our “personal” time, we don’t feel a lack of freedom/rest. Vespera inspires quality time where we get to collaborate together. Either we’re discussing the look of our business cards, or brainstorming a design for a floral order, or setting up a photoshoot, or hanging out at a pop-up shop…no matter what, we’re doing what we’ve always done as a family: engage our curiosity and create art. Read more>>

Raquel Hernandez-Meyer | Life Mastery Coach & Reiki Master

That’s a great question! Work life balance first became significant to me when I became a mom in 1996. The idea of not being a part of my son’s life because I had to work was unbearable. I chose in favor of my son and had the privilege of being able to stay home with him and later have his little sister in 1998. Read more>>

Alex Edwards | Touring and studio musician

I feel like the balance is always changing and evolving. In my life I’ve found the key is to always be ok with having a healthy mix of both. The pandemic really showed me what works and what doesn’t when balancing. The older I get, the more importance I put on the healthier side of not taking on more work than I can handle at once. It helps me focus and make whatever I’m currently working on less distracted and I think helps me keep my quality of output higher! Read more>>

Crystal Gonzalez | Social Entrepreneur – Chief Changemaker

Work/life balance is something I’ve had to really work at over the years. When I founded RevComm Consulting in 2017 I worked around the clock and lost sight of “my WHY” – which was to spend more time with my newborn (now 4!) son and to never miss a milestone. The first year and half was spent juggling a full-time job and building up the business at night (combine that with baby nighttime feedings and this mama was a zombie most days). Read more>>

Lamar Banks | Banks – Musician

This question hits home for currently, because trying to maintain life & working on my career is tough for the mental because you have to still make a good amount of time for your loved ones. As a musician I tend to work everyday rather its writing, recording, performing, creating content or traveling. And that time randomly it isn’t a set schedule so it can be tough. Read more>>

Michael Young II | EP & Host of NERDSoul

I see the Work/Life balance as something with ebbs and flows through life. As I get ready to step into uncle status I see the weight of decisions (personal and professional) differently. Running at full blast at building, learning, engaging and creating is paramount in your 20s. Do NOT waste your 20s. They’ll build your future. Now though, as I look at my 40s I see the my focus is not only on myself and my professional moves but also how I begin to pour into the next generation. Read more>>