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.

Linda Goldenstein | Gallery Owner, Art Curator & Business Consultant

My thought process in starting my business: I have started a few businesses including my long running art business and in each case I was an opportunist. I saw a need and a market and created a business to fill that need. In all cases I needed to earn a living so I created a way to make that living. One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is that you need money to start a business. Money certainly helps but it can be done without it. Risk taking: I wouldn’t have my business if I wasn’t willing to risk and just as importantly trust. The art business is very difficult to predict. I never know who’s going to buy what piece of art and when. Unlike most businesses that can create a budget from a steady income, sales in the art business are sporadic. Read more>>

Allison Maldonado | Performer & Artist

This year specifically I’ve realized more than ever how precious my time is, especially when it comes to ‘me’ time. The more balance I have between my work life, my creative life and relaxing, the more I see benefits in all areas. Being that I do all my work from home (as most of us do) I’m unafraid of saying no to certain opportunities. If something doesn’t feel right or fit into my schedule, rather than being a people pleaser, I simply say no. This has allowed me to maintain balance, have more time for what’s important and not overfill my cup during an already overwhelming time. Read more>>

Jessica Hudson | Speech Language Pathologist

This question really hits home for me. I was taught at an early age that hard work built character. I started working when I was 15 years old and continued through college and grad school, usually working two jobs at a time. This was my norm. Work, and more work. When I opened my clinic five years ago, I knew it would take hard work and a lot of time. I didn’t leave much room for anything else. Thanks to some wise people in my life, podcasts, and books, I have realized this train can’t continue this way and rest and balance have to be part of the picture. I preach this to my clients all the time but don’t always walk the walk. Lately, my husband (also a small business owner) and I have made rest more of a priority in our lives. We try to make time to eat dinner together every night and find time to take trips where we unplug from work. Read more>>

Ben Baldwin | PGA Professional & Director of Sales

I work to live, I don’t live to work. But I want to enjoy the work I do. I watched my father despise his job for 20+ years. I chose to enter a field that I am passionate about in an effort to better balance work enjoyment and thus quality of life. I’ve been fortunate enough to find that through a couple of different roles in my career within the Golf Industry. Read more>>

Kat and Brad Moore | Owners

Living a balanced life when being a small business owner always seemed impossible to us. No matter how hard we tried we could never get that life /work balance. You are always on when trying to keep up with things. If its not an employee issue its inventory or social media you need to create. Always something. When you do events for a living you are always working when your friends and family are going out. We have missed birthdays, weddings, funerals. When Covid hit we thought, well we will sleep for a little while and then get back to it. But what actually happened is it made us see how unbalanced we have been and how much we have been missing. It literally took us having to close down in order to see how unbalanced we have been. We are committed now to finding more free time and keeping this forced schedule change in place. To take time and be with friends and family and go camping and get out of our own head. Read more>>