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.

Amber Wolfe | Baker, Small Business Owner & Mom

Balance is kind of huge when it comes to my life and my business. I am a wife to my husband of 20 years and a mom to my 4 kids. I am also the small business owner of For the Love of Cupcakes by Amber. When I first started my business my youngest child was starting kindergarten. I figured I would just work when my kids were in school and it would all work out perfectly. I soon began to realize there just isn’t enough hours in the day and the struggle to balance running a business and running a household of four kids and all of their extra curricular events is Incredibly tough. In the beginning I felt absolutely terrible telling people no. And to be honest I still struggle with this. But in order to have balance it must be done. I love making peoples events, birthdays, special occasions memorable. Part of me felt so guilty having to decline an order. However, I realized that in order to have balance in the crazy life of mine It was necessary to say no sometimes. Read more>>

Miranda Daigneault | Elite Business Coach & High Performance Coach

I don’t really love the phrase “work life balance” because I feel like it sets people up for failure. The word balance implies that things need to be exactly 50/50. That’s not really how balance works for me or my clients. I think balance is more about choosing how much time and energy you want to spend on each area of your life and then setting out to do just that. When I talk to my clients about balance, I push people to re-consider what they assume has to be true about work life balance. We are all living within in a system that says we are going to work at least 40 hours a week, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. So many of us don’t agree with this idea, but don’t take the time to clearly articulate that. So, we keep working within a system that feels like it’s taking too much from us. When people say they want a better work life balance, they almost always mean they just want more time for life. Read more>>

isaac hanson | Palms and Cycads

As our company has grown, so has my family. With four children it became very apparent that there was going to be a very important decision to be made. Time is our most precious commodity. In our industry we say you are not buying a tree, you are buying the time it took to grow that tree. So I look at my children and time the same way. I can either try to buy the time later or invest the time now. It has been a struggle at times, but with an amazing partner and great business partners, Dad and Step Mom, it has been an absolute pleasure! Read more>>

Rachel Burton | Cake Pop Arts & Academic Advisor

I think everyone struggles with finding a healthy work-life balance at times, and I am no exception to that. Honestly, I am still trying to figure that out one day at a time. Opening a new business made that balance even more challenging. It took me several months to finally differentiate between what makes me happy and what makes everyone else who is important to me – my kids, husband, customers – happy. I think sometimes it’s easy to see social media and photos of one part of someone’s life, in my case, baked treats, when really there is so much behind the scenes to not only balance the time to bake, but also be Rachel. Read more>>