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.

Evo Terra | Podcast Strategist and Professional Contrarian

I got off the proverbial corporate ladder several years ago, after clawing my way to the C-Suite in my early 30’s. While I rarely took work home, I always had side projects that took up at least another 30-40 hours a week. Both the work and the side projects were satisfying, but I didn’t have a lot of downtime. So I quit. All of it. My wife and I had what we like to call our shared mid-life crisis and sold literally everything we owned for a self-funded one-year sabbatical of traveling the globe. We loved being abroad so much that we stayed away for over three years. During my time overseas, I decided to adopt an abundance mindset, living much more simply. Not frugally, per se. But certainly not extravagantly. We’ve been back in the States a few years now, and I’ve tried to keep that simpler pace going. My business is successful, but I’m very happy with it being a “lifestyle business”. It gives me what I need and leaves me with plenty of free time to do what I want to do with my life. Read more>>

Abby Reczek | Potter & Owner of Craft Gallery

The balance between my personal life and work life is something I am always considering. I think this happens a lot for artists and small business owners because it never feels like we have totally left work for the day. What helps me so much with not getting overwhelmed by this is how much I love both of my businesses. I am a potter and very grateful to have a space in my home that I am able to work out of. I am alone in my studio and have the option to listen to whatever I want to or be as quiet as I need. When I am in my craft gallery I am with the public and always have to “be on” and socialize. This in itself creates a really great balance in fulfilling two types of needs I have. And then of course I make sure to find time to get outside, totally leave work behind and be active. Read more>>

Julianne Mahoney | Gear Designer & Small Business Owner

In the beginning of my business and until recently, I put it above everything else in my life. I worked 7 day weeks for 12-16 hours a day, only taking days off when absolutely necessary. This past year, my body and mind couldn’t handle the overload. My health declined as well as my mental well-being and I realized something needed to shift. As much as I love my business, I love my life, family, and well-being more. I can’t take care of my customers and community if I’m not taking care of myself. Creativity also starts to run dry when you stop giving your mind time to wander. Now, I’ve relax a lot of my tight-deadlines and put mandatory rest into my daily schedule. It’s difficult to stop working when there’s always so much to do but it’s always worth it. Creativity and innovation come not when they’re forced but when they’re given freedom. More rest has also given me new life and excitement in my business. Since I’m not working round the clock, I appreciate the time I do have in the studio. Read more>

Dana Stanford | Mindset, Health & Nutrition Coach & RN

I have started a business focused on helping people be happier about their lives by having a healthier mindset. Mindset is everything, no matter whether you want to change your career, find a life partner, or lose weight. I’ve always been very structured. It was a requirement during my time in the Air Force and as an officer in the United State Navy. On top of that, as a nurse, structure is critical in my taking care of children who have cancer. That being said, that structure nurtured the perfectionist in me to so I never gave myself permission to relax. This meant all work, not much play. I finally decided that this was not the way I wanted to live my life. It wasn’t making me happy. So, a couple of years ago, I took some time away from everything and became certified through the Health Coach Institute, which helped me with changing my mindset and how I view my life. Frequently our balance is off because of the stories we tell ourselves and the judgments we make about our lives and decisions. I think work-life balance will always be skewed a little heavy on one side or the other. Read more>>

Eric Cheroske | Talent and Event Management

Work life balance is a perfect place to start. This has changed quite a bit since the pandemic happened. Being shut down completely in spring of 2020 gave us plenty of time to evaluate this. Got You Covered Entertainment is now in our 18th year and we were working around the clock 7 days a week to keep growing the company bigger and bigger. 60-80 hours a week was common. Now as we are ramping back up we are focused on spending our “work” time on the right things in oder to have “free” time for things outside of work that enrich our lives. Read more>>

Tishana Richards | Entrepreneur and Owner of Coco and Seed

It’s taken a long time and experience to understand the fine line between work and life outside of work. For many of us that are entrepreneurs work can take over your identity. There is no clocking in and out when you can do work in some form from anywhere. So it’s easy to have a typical 8 hour day turn into a 12, 14, 16 hour day if you let it. Then burnout can happen and sometimes it feels unavoidable but it can be prevented. I’m still learning to really set boundaries, like no emails after 6, or knowing the main goals for the day. If it looks like what I want to do will take longer that’s when reaching out for help is vital. Balance isn’t about how much you can do on your own, but rather understanding that you don’t and shouldn’t do it alone. Knowing your limits but also knowing that even if you can do it yourself that managing your efforts is part of that balance to enjoying life more. Read more>>