Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Debbie Roes. It’s part of my monthly series Stories of Transformation.
I was raised to be a high achiever and to excel at everything I did. It started with getting good grades in school and progressed on to graduating with honors from high school, college, and graduate school. This work ethic transferred from school into the work world and I found myself rapidly climbing the corporate ladder in Silicon Valley during the days of the dot-com boom.
Although I liked my job, it took up far too large a space in my life. For years, it was common for me to work ten to twelve hour days during the week, and I frequently spent time at the office on the weekends as well. In the high-tech world, it was completely normal to work this way and such a schedule was basically expected of any employee who wished to get ahead.