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.

Jeremiah Conley

I think that at the beginning stages of everyone’s life there isn’t a good way to quantify balance. In my case, I did not have a balance until my second year of college when I truly figured out what major was right for me. I switched from mechanical engineering systems to Organizational leadership with a focus on Project management. This new major has brought more balance into my life as it allowed me to work on different skills that were more personal to me and allowed me to not only find what I was confident in but also allowed me to experience different opportunities to use that experience. This New balance is generally very important to me and it has become essential that I find different methods to uphold that. Read more>>

Montana DeBor | Violinist/Aerialist/DeBurk Studio Animation co-founder

Chris and I are not only a work couple but a life couple so our work/life lines get blurred. But it also means we get to spend time together and are able to be creatively vulnerable (and give maybe too-honest critiques). Our house is a living space upstairs and a studio downstairs. We like the commute. Read more>>

Leslie Jespersen | self love entrepreneur & speaker/author

My balance with work and home life has ebbs and flows. Some periods of time I am fully immersed in work for a specific project or event, mostly in the summer. Other times, I don’t have much work and allow myself to slow down, rest, and relax. It took me a while to be okay with this because I used to hold all of my worth in alignment with the work I produced. Read more>>