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.

Victoria Kuang | Food Blogger & UCLA Grad

I used to define success solely through academic and professional accomplishments. When I was in high school, I was tunnel-visioned towards getting into college. When I began undergrad at UCLA, I was tunnel-visioned towards securing a post-grad job offer. While placing such value on school and career did prove to be effective, as I am very grateful to soon be graduating from a great university and working for my dream company, I also realized that my definition of success was way too narrow. Read more>>

Andrew Gould | Saxophone Player

I definitely think that the balance between work and life has changed and evolved over time. Right when I got out of school, I was just trying to hang out, go hear music, sit in at jam sessions and meet people in NYC. That was already a huge change from just locking myself in the practice room when I was in college (not having a life at all…. zero balance, haha). I think in time, as things started to get rolling and I started actually working more frequently, Read more>>

Kimberly Marquardt | Owner and CEO of Body Food® body care.

Balance is defined based on each individual’s perspective. Ideally, it should also be defined based on the input from the circle of friends and relatives closest to that person. Each of us will be driven to what balance looks like based on our individual drive, work ethic, interests, passions, talents, and family life circumstances. I have to balance a full-time job as an RN, my at home body care manufacturing business, a husband, and two teenage sons. Read more>>