Some seasons require sacrifice, we're not "doing it wrong"
Thank you so much for this. As a mom of three kids in an executive role at a hyper competitive and hard-driving tech company, it felt like you were actually describing my life. It’s really hard. And it is also a season that will pass. I’ve been trying to keep the guilt at bay, but sometimes it makes me feel like I’m drowning a little. I love the concept of filling your bucket in small ways. For me, that is having breakfast with my kids or doing yoga stretches with them before bed. I am going to bookmark this post for the really tough days!
Yes, this: Work was hard, and the sacrifices to my mental downtime, family and relationships were real. It was a tough season with many sacrifices. But it earned me experience that gave me options to rebalance my work-life in other jobs and later in life.
That's how I "came up" in my career. And I don't regret it. But I find it's becoming more difficult to find people who feel this way about their future when building my teams. To some extent we see a lot of younger workers really bought into the work life balance thinking, and it's difficult to help them see the value some sacrifice now can bring them longer term.
Woah, I did not expect this! I always felt a little embarrassed to reveal that I worked too hard and that I had pretty much a non-existent work-life balance (by choice). I worked 80 hours a week for a full year with almost zero vacations and it gave me a tremendous amount of experience. This is a pretty refreshing take. (Leaving a comment as a way to bookmark!)
Thanks Carilu. Very real and true to my experience.