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.

Danny Spence | Video Editor & Owner of Austin Boogie Crew Records

Workaholism is an immensely prominent way of life in our society that I’ve felt the consequences of throughout my video editing career. Employers regularly expect 12-16 hour days (60-80 hour work weeks). Early on, the fear of opportunity loss kept me from saying “no” and demanding healthy boundaries. When my mental and physical health declined I learned this wasn’t sustainable. Read more>>

Amy Meadows | Owner/CEO of Elite TC Pro – Virtual Services for Realtors

When I started my company I was working at all hours of the day and night. I didn’t schedule lunches with friends or family vacations because I felt like I had to focus on launching and growing. Read more>>

Cory Gautereaux | Sporting Goods Store Owner

Going from 12.5 hour healthcare shifts to running your own business is a big change. Working long hours at the hospital is tiring but predictable. Nothing about being an entrepreneur is predictable and the hours are 24/7. Read more>>

Alyssa Couture | Fashion Author + Fashion Entrepreneur

Work-life balance to me means being able to have a lifestyle that is safe, healthy, and comfortable. At times, my health condition forces me to slow down. Working a 4 to 8-hour day is enough for me. As a solopreneur, I can make my own schedule. I don’t need to work full-time. Read more>>

Ryan Ashe | Musician/Vice President Ashe Brothers Entertainment

Pursuing the privilege of enjoying your profession is a key component in having a stable work/life balance. The “life” aspect of the balance my brother and I have established over time involves escapism and retreat into the natural world. Read more>>

Cayly Conger | Mother, Travel Blogger, Sugar Cookie Artist & Baker

When I was early in my career, I believed I had to be all things to all people in order to be successful. I was everyone’s “yes woman”. Living & working that way ended up pulling me in a million different directions, and over time, a realization that I didn’t really know who I was or what I wanted and needed. I also burnt myself out and spun into a depression. Read more>>