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.
Rob Jordan | Illustrator
Over time I’ve learned the importance of allowing myself to step away from my work and relax. Early on in my pursuit of a career as an illustrator I struggled to let myself have other interests and felt that I needed to dedicate all of my time and energy to my work. As time has gone on, I’ve realized the importance of having a balance in life and the effects it can have on my mental and physical health. Read more>>
Anna Hultin | Artist
I am constantly in the process of fine tuning my work/life balance. I go through seasons where I’ve got it down and others where suddenly I’m juggling too much and some of the plates start to fall. I think the biggest help in figuring out work/life balance is flexibility. What I mean is that I’m constantly having to stop and assess if that balance is working for me and for my family, and if it’s not then I need to pivot and adjust (that’s where the flexibility comes in). Read more>>
Nicky Eggert | Marketer/Content Creator/Model
Work life balance is something that I place an immense amount of importance on. As an early career professional my balance has changed from working during college and constantly having to cram time to work, study, and have a social life to now balancing my career as a marketer with my social media business and modeling. Ironically, my work life balance has improved since graduating and I have managed to make more time for me. Work wise I think it is most important to ensure you’re in a career where you are working to live not living to work. If I ever find myself with no time to dedicate to my personal passions then I know I know I’m in the wrong role. Read more>>