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.

Salvatore Giordano | Baker & pastry chef

Sometimes I felt like I was walking on a wire with a blindfold on holding my family with one hand and my job with the other. I was always hoping to give the right importance to both without falling. Starting a new business is like a puppy that constantly needs care and can’t be abandoned. That’s been my first thought every morning. But the birth of my son changed everything. It broke the balance and I fell. It was one of the most stressful times of my life because I would become a father and an entrepreneur. Both for the first time and both at the same time. Read more>>

Arianna Negri | Recipe Creator & Food Photographer

I started my business from home in the midst of the pandemic, so it took some time to establish a work life balance. For a little over a year, I was working from my kitchen table and shooting in my living room. Having no designated work space made it extremely difficult to establish a clear work life balance. I found I had a hard time “turning it off”, and often worked seven days a week- even if it was just for a few hours on the weekend. Countless times I would hop on my computer just to answer a quick email or edit one gallery, and suddenly I would be consumed by work. Over time, it became clear that this wasn’t sustainable for me and only lead me to burning out. Read more>>

Mia Lynch | Author

I’ve realized that work life balance changes over time. Balance doesn’t mean that all activities are weighted equally each day – it goes in phases. Some days, I’m able to give more to certain projects than I am able to give to others. I had a baby a few months ago, and so now life has become a huge balancing act that I’m still learning how to juggle. Some days it’s a win to even think about writing, let alone to actually put words down on paper. Balance means prioritizing, and it’s ok when or if those priorities change. Read more>>