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.

Kerry Anna Lemasters | Founder of Tower Treats by kerry anna

I don’t believe in work life balance. The idea of simply living life to the fullest, in all ways, is an idea I learned from my father. He taught me that there is just life, period end. We are not victims of work, but we get to decide how to fill the time and spend our energy. The life of an entrepreneur is unique. Not only do you wear an astounding number of hats, but an entrepreneur never really stops working. After starting Tower Treats over a year ago, my life changed from a standard 9-5 to an all-encompassing passion that grows bigger each day. Read more>>

Mary Papetti | DJ & Promotions Director at Album 88

Right now everyone at Album 88 is working hard to grow our success back to how it used to be the past few decades. I think a huge part of that is our long-time listener base. Many people have been tuning in since the 1970s and still make the effort to support us! As a non-commercial station, we feature a lot of smaller artists and unique music that you can’t find on a lot of other stations, which is why people still listen, even when radio isn’t as big as it used to be. We also give students the opportunity to express themselves and learn more about music and radio by volunteering as DJs, and without everyone here we wouldn’t exist. Read more>>

Sagan Morrow | Anti-hustle Productivity Strategist & Success Coach

I’m a solopreneur with anxiety and chronic insomnia/nightmare disorder, so work life balance is something I used to struggle with a lot… It felt like one of those elusive things that was beyond my capability. But one of the beautiful realizations I’ve had over the years is that work life balance doesn’t need to be nearly as challenging as we think! It got to the point where I was so frustrated that I decided something needed to change. Read more>>

Nicole Gates | Founder & She-EO

Let me reference my favorite quote for my entrepreneurial journey. “The Hustle is a hoax!” There is no true definition of work/life balance. I used to believe that in order for my business to be a success I had to give my business 24 hours a day 7 days a week, no social life, very little family time, not to mention zero “me-time”. Read more>>

Ashley Marie | Photographer

When I started Ashley Marie photography mke, it started after I had my daughter, with the support of family I was able to start my business. I started answering ever message, even if it was at 2:00 a.m. I felt like if I didn’t answer them they would go to someone else and I wanted to give as many people the opportunity to see my work and be under my lens. I wouldn’t sleep I would wake up in the middle of the night scrolling thru my phone answering messages, making sure I could respond to people, writing adds on Craigslist with “specials” . Over that year I burnt myself out no going out with friends just working when I was at home not spending time with my family and spending quality time “watching football” which was really watching me and I would miss the big plays because I was editing photos or in my computer or phone writing up how to get the next client. Read more>>