The other day I was browsing LinkedIn and one of my former co-workers shared an article called, Work 9 to 6 for Salary and 6 to 9 for Career. The article states that it is unlikely for people to advance in their careers simply by doing their day jobs from 9am to 6pm. It is how they spend their time after work (from 6 to 9pm) that really makes them shine. In that after work time that’s when they increase their education, network with others, and improve their skills.
After reading this I wondered, how can I make this work for myself? I work long hours, then come home after a long commute to tend to my family. I cannot even fit in time for the gym or a ladies night out, so how would I be able to spend time on these extras to further my career?
And then the answer came to me in the next article I read about Rachel Freier, the first Hasidic Jewish woman in U.S. public office.
She started her career at the age of 40.
Not everyone can devote time to their careers in their 20s or 30s when their kids are young. It’s OK to start things later in life when you can be devoted to them. It may be harder, but the motivation will likely be stronger.
Until next time,