A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Steven Norber | High-fidelity audio design/manufacturing, yoga instruction, massage therapy.

I’m not sure where the imprint came from, but the principal of paradox and learning how to learn (hence, making learning a lifelong practice) has helped me to accept that in cadence with balance, an inherent imbalance within life exists–and no matter how much I might idealize the concept of balance, it remains an intellectual concept separate from my day-to-day experience. I mean, the body I live in is not balanced or symmetrical. I have one lung that is slightly smaller to make room for my heart (just like most of us). And it is easy to see the difference between notes written with my right hand versus left. Read more>>

Ezekiel Cortez | Meal Preparation Entrepreneur

The balance shifts based on growth, as you grow, more time has to be put into the business. It’s elusive. I don’t believe in balance all that much. Read more>>

Jim Wong | Scientist & Photographer

My work has defined my identity from the moment that I pipetted for the first time as an undergraduate biology major. The balance has always shifted in favor of my career as I progressed from a graduate student studying how cells divide to a postdoctoral fellow adding to our knowledge of neurodevelopment and into my professional career as a research scientist in drug development for unmet medical needs in oncology. The work gave me greater and greater purpose, but at the same time, I realize that other aspects to my life also need to expand. My photography is an exercise in experiencing the world through travel, and the creative outlet is a needed and welcome respite when the science becomes just a bit too all-encompassing. Read more>>