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.

T. Jay Santa Ana | Artist & Designer

Given the pandemic and quarantine of 2020, the balance of making art, promoting that art, doing freelance graphic design, and spending time with my family and friends has definitely shifted. Having almost all of the art events of last year cancelled, I found myself home and in the studio almost everyday. Early in the quarantine, amidst the fear and uncertainty, I had a vision for myself as an artist that I would lock myself away everyday and “work on my art,” in solitude. But I soon discovered that even with something I love to do, such as making art, breaks and time away are necessary. I think about that balance in terms of acts of self-care that allow me to recharge back to 100% (sometimes even more), so that I can spill a little of myself into each of those categories again. Read more>>

Frank Rogozienski | Commercial & Advertising Photographer

Since my 2 sons are college aged now, this is something I can reflect on. I always knew that I would be very involved in my sons lives, especially when they were young. That was really important to me when my wife and I decided to start a family. So as an entrepreneur, sole proprietor, you have a double edged sword there. You need to work your ass off and be relentless, especially in the early stages. However, working for yourself affords you the ability to make your own schedule. It gives you the option to spend time outside of your business. I always made sure to make time for my boys, possibly, in retrospect, to the detriment of growing my business as rapidly as I could have. But no regrets at all. I was able to coach my boys sports teams, see them play and grow and stay really engaged. There were a few events I missed along the way, but not many. I find that I have more time now that they’re young adults to really dive into my business. I think I took the opposite path of what you would traditionally think of as building your business. Read more>>

Ana Gomez | Journalist & Influencer

At first I tried to keep my fashion blog separate from my personal life and my professional life. But then I realized that it took a lot of my time trying to have everything separate. My blog actually represents me, and not only my fashion preferences, but it represents my personality and my style, so it cannot be separated from my professional life or of my personal life. Then little by little I began to unite my worlds that I had separated, and everything began to flow easier. I realized that everything is about balancing and not separating. My advice is to always follow your gut and find that balance. Read more>>

Leopoldo Sena | San Diego Wedding Photographer

I try not to separate it – work is life and life is work. Working in a field that involves a lot of passion is quite different. There is this constant need to evolve to keep up or be ahead of the trend. In a creative field, I’m required to always come up with new ideas. Pulling inspirations from every elements in my everyday life, from movies, anime, fashion, graphic designs to the simple things like the food you eat, the book you read, or things you collect… the list goes on. I think having a mindset that my work is part of my personal development as opposed to just merely completing a task makes me excel in what I do and still live a healthy personal life. I’m also not a fan of “faking it til you make it”; i actually dread it. When people try to project the fake success, it can easily take over your life, especially in wedding photography industry where social media plays a big role in our business. From small things like projecting false personality because potential clients might not book you or colleagues might talk shi*t about you, there are also those who aren’t transparent on how on their rates because they wanna be labeled as “expensive photographer”, or doing things for the sake of likes and follows to the point that it’s actually hard to be yourself anymore in public. Read more>>