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.

Paul M Reyes Jr | Ciao Down Pizza Chef & Owner

As an entrepreneur work is woven into every hour of my life, the best part is I wouldn’t want it any other way. Early in my career in the food and beverage industry I was 20 years old with hardly any real “adult” responsibilities. I would practically live at work simply because I loved the atmosphere of restaurants and the life lessons and great food experiences to be had. Arrive early in the morning and chef was always sure to be making something delicious for a “family meal”. Stay late after the restaurant closes and the team was sure to be heading out for a night on the town filled with many great bites and plenty of cocktails to help wash it down. The last thing on my mind was “work life balance”. Read more>>

Phil Shearon | Award Winning President and Principal Landscape Designer at Shearon Design Collective

Great question, especially in 2021! We know that timing is everything and clients have expectations that they want to see their hired partners meet. Equally as important, our company, no matter the size, has clear working hours that we’re available to work with our clients. When we are working with a new potential client, it’s our goal to include a conversation to discuss and set fair expectations around our timelines and communication turnaround expectations. Plus, we work to keep our clients in the know with their project progress each time we talk with them. Read more>>


Honestly, I was raised with discipline and order coming from a family of a military background. Balance has been a theme in my life growing up and continues to be something I would identify as progressive vs a destination. It is not in my DNA to give up so once I have my heart set on something, I crave it. I wont settle for less; I Manifest! Over the past 2 years, the pandemic challenged me in various ways physiologically, financially, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, etc. This setback truly helped shape my character, thus, shifting both my focus and my faith. Read more>>