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.

Patrina Wisdom | Author, Speaker & Wealth Mentor

Work life balance is bullshit! A focused entrepreneur becomes consumed with their business. We are always noticing what’s working and not working in business and strategizing new ways to serve. As a widowed mother of four children and entrepreneur for two decades I’ve tried everything possible to create work life balance. What I’ve learned is that when family life feels in balance, business suffers. When business is in flow, family tends to suffer. And romantic relationships… OMG! The biggest gift I have given to myself is GRACE and PERMISSION. Grace in times when my business or family needs the majority of my attention and permission to fully and unapologetically give it to them. Work life balance is simply giving 100% to whomever or whatever you are focused on in each moment. Read more>>

Travis and Ann Bushard | Photographers

Work life balance is a huge aspect of how we run our business. Prior to having two kids, we would work as much as we could. We both had full time corporate jobs and ran the photography business full time as well. We didn’t mind it at the time since we got to spend time together working. Once we had children this completely shifted. We scaled back on weddings a little bit and 2 years ago Ann quit her full time job. We believe fully in hard work and early mornings and late nights but also spending as much time with our kiddos as possible. We normally take a few trips a year and we are lucky enough to do that. In order to be happy in life there has to be a balance between work and fun. Otherwise, you will burn yourself out even if you are in the job you love. Read more>>

Shelly Mullin | Owner

Work life balance is so incredibly important to me. I’ve grown up with an intense work ethic as far back as I can remember, and held my first real job as a lifeguard at age 15. From there I enlisted in the Marines at age 17 and learned even more about commitment, sacrifice and selflessness. I settled down in a few long term corporate jobs after that, the most recent being a Marketing Director for a local CRE firm and found something was severely lacking after about 7 1/2 years. I worked tirelessly with my team to help them achieve their goals yet the balance became very one sided. Work started to consume my energy and time. Monetary reciprocity wasn’t exactly a driving force any more or equal to the amount of effort I was putting into the job. I began to examine my level of happiness and quickly found I was using my talents in the wrong manner. I determined these talents and skills were given to me to HELP OTHERS, hence the formation of Shellz Dezign, Photography & Dogs, LLC. Read more>>

Ronald Preston Clark | Writer & Educator

There is a space I have often lived in. It’s the space where I am either doing too much or doing nothing at all. This, by definition, is not balance. It is chaos. It is prime for issues with mental health. It is a space to heal from. And I have done the work to do so. It is rough at times, but recognizing that being productive without taking the necessary steps to take care of oneself defeats the purpose of the original productivity. I want to work hard but play just as hard. I want to benefit from the fruits of my labor. I want my family and friends to benefit as well. Setting aside time to meditate, read, write, burn incense, take bath bomb baths, get a pedicure, workout, get a massage and travel, these are things that make the long nights, lack of sleep, tireless days, all worthwhile. Read more>>

Sheena Rae Dowling | Artist

I would say that I have a bit of an addictive personality and being a workaholic has fallen into that category. I do feel like over time I have been able to accomplish a better work/life balance. I see my rest and down time in which I’m not creating as a necessary part of the whole creative process. It is integral in the development of my ideas. For me what works best is scheduling time for myself just like I would schedule other meetings or project deadlines. I keep the commitment with myself just like I do with other people. Read more>>

Heidi Thompson | Wedding Business & Marketing Strategist

I look at work/life balance as less of a balance and more of a blend. I’m not a big fan of compartmentalizing my life so I structure my work so that it allows me to have the freedom I want to have. Sometimes that means I work more, sometimes it means I work less, but the point is that I always have control. Read more>>

Cyndi Janetka | Wellness-focused Interior Designer & Artist

I feel as though work/ life balance is of the utmost importance for long term success. Often times we get so caught up in to-do lists, things we want to accomplish, current projects, that we get to the point where our brains won’t turn off. When you work for yourself the list is never ending. Over time I have realized that being “on” 24/7 only leads to burnout, frustration, and lack of ability to focus. Taking a hour break in the middle of the day to go for a run or take a yoga class lets me step away for a minute and recharge, allowing me to be more productive in the long run. I also have started taking one day every weekend to completely unplug from all electronics and spend the day doing something completely non-work related. Allowing myself this time away from work has been a life-changer. You need to stop and refuel the tank so you don’t run out of gas in the middle of the freeway! Read more>>

Jason Gould | Owner, Artist, Painter, Muralist & Curator

The balance shifts often, some priorities are more important at different times. Sometimes making money is more important and other times spending quality time with my family is more important. working for myself, I get to decide what I prioritize and when. Also, what used to be really important to me is less important and new ideas and directions are more interesting for personal growth and looking at success in new ways. Read more>>