I've been thinking a lot about this lately. Work-life balance is something that I used to care a lot about but now am questioning that.
Quick context. I currently work in finance for a mega tech firm out in the west coast. My work-life balance is fantastic: 45 hour workweeks, no work on weekends, super casual work environment, laid back team, nice people. However, I'm bored and feel like I'm not at where I need to be. I look at friends who pursued rigorous jobs at top banks, consulting firms, etc. Yes, they work pretty grueling hours, but when I ask them about how they are handling it, no one regrets their career choice. They are making great money, find the work interesting, and know that it's setting them up for life. One friend recently switched from F500 corporate finance to megafund PE, and he said he's never been happier despite working 80 hours/week.
This make me wonder whether work-life balance is overrated. Is money, prestige, and demanding but interesting job, more important than just the sheer hours worked?