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What is the best career/life investment that you’ve made in yourself?

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Since others shared life investments, I’ll share my “career investment”. I spent a year interviewing, attempting to get out of my corporate insurance job that had a slow and limited career progression. That time investment I spent over 12 months researching other companies, roles descriptions, learning about new industries and jobs I never knew existed, undergoing 100 interviews, learning how to decline opportunities that weren't a fit, to negotiating a significantly higher salary, is the best gift I gave myself. I eventually succeeded moving out of industry into Consulting, and over time tripled my previous salary. The following best career investment was and still is Deloitte. I have learned so much. I will forever be grateful that Deloitte took a chance on me, an immigrant without an MBA, and has continued to support my growth. I am proud to work amongst so many smart, ambitious and driven people. Whether I make it to Partner/Principal or I exit somewhere else, I’ll always know I can achieve anything with perseverance.

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Early in my career, I would have to say Cisco and Microsoft certifications really helped my professionally trajectory and then used those skills to advance in industry. That experience really paid dividends when moved into consulting. I was someone who could do the work and not just manage the work. I could interact with my client peers on many levels as I often dealt with the same challenges they had when I worked in industry. As others mentioned, finding work life balance, and trying to maintain it. It was impossible for me at Deloitte which led to my second best career decision; leaving Deloitte. I now have WLB, can actually take my vacation, and have a much clearer career path surrounded by very supportive people. From a personal perspective, I believe in living life with no regrets. I found ways to take the roads less traveled and it has given me an incredible life and opened up some amazing professional opportunities. I travel every chance I get and look for international engagements when they present themselves as much for professional opportunities as well as personal growth. The other tenet I follow is invest in my family. Without the support of my amazing partner, and wonderful kids, consulting could be miserable. So I've spent millions of air miles and hotel points I've accrued taking my family to some pretty incredible places. I can at least show my gratitude for their support and tolerance of the demands my work places on me. It definitely helps my wife was in consulting as well for some time. Investing in my family can also mean sometimes not taking an opportunity that might make it too hard on them. I passed up a 6 month engagement in Europe because it would have been almost impossible for them to go with me. In the end, so what if I take an extra year to make MD, better to keep my family intact than make promotion faster and be without the ones I love.

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This is a fantastic question, and I’m looking forward to the answers. I would say committing to a healthy diet and exercise. It has an enormous impact on my energy levels and productivity, which positively impacts all areas of my life.

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Have been focusing on sleep and also cutting alcohol. Recently learned one drink can impact your quality / ability to get deep and REM sleep for up to 5 days

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Always choosing work life balance over professional advancement. Every time. I have family and friends I love and hobbies I find fascinating.

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@EYP2 Your life sounds incredible. Super into BJJ as well, but worried that the stressors / time sucks of rising in the corporate world will make it unfeasible sooner than later :/

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Going to an in-patient rehab program. $168k over 92 days. Saved my life, no doubt a career, allowed me to be in my kids lives, helped me find happiness, and gave me a new outlook on life. It was too late for my marriage, but it has allowed me to build a new relationship with my ex-wife who I now have in my life as a close friend.

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Thank you for sharing. ❤️

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Therapy

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Same. Helped me address the issues that were limiting career (and life). Mainly self confidence.

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100% prioritizing WLB. Promotions and comp increases were a bit slower/lower than they otherwise would've been, but still quite comfortable and I got to have an actual life with family, hobbies, and friends before I exited.

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I stepped back on this track. Gave up 225tc for 150k at the time and haven't looked back. My work and having WLB plus being satisfied with that level of pay is more important to me at this point in life than the career progression. Never been happier though sometimes I feel a tinge of wondering what colleagues think/that i should be farther in my career. Pretty easy to remind myself of how good I have it though which sets me straight

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Neither here nor there but I've always abided by the motto "you never regret doing things; only not doing"; in my life, that has meant saying yes to opportunities and living / studying / working in a variety of different countries over the past 5 years. I have a semi-firm belief that in life you can only *really* learn by doing: e.g. you can never really grasp what 'prioritize work-life balance' means until you've made that mistake once; and it's these kinds of mistakes I think I want to make when I'm young rather than waking up at 40 with a creeping sense of dread.

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How did you work in different countries? Asking for a friend :p

Learning how to say no and sticking to boundaries

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Yes! But it's very much on you to initiate, mainly because boundaries look different for different people. They will support though (and set examples top down)

MBA - but mostly because that's where I met my partner!

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Low key that’s a 2nd degree motivational factor for pursuing my MBA too.

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Regular exercise, healthy eating, books, networking, learning what to invest in. Therapy probably takes top spot though.

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Marrying an man who supports and respects me and takes pride in my achievements and is an equal partner in running our home . Indian culture makes it difficult to find men who prioritize your interests and desires ahead of themselves. Single best decision.

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Focusing more on life than work. I know it definitely has slowed my advancement up the corporate ladder. But, I’ve been able to do a lot of stuff that I know I won’t be able to physically do later in life.

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Joining a MMA/boxing gym at a young age. It’s instilled the importance of fitness oh physical and mental health and given me confidence that has carried through my life

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Graduate degree

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Only fans

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I LOL’ed at this

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Grad degree to change careers

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Out of network, extensive therapy program.

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What did this look like? Why did you choose to go out of network?

Not settling when searching for a significant other. Love my husband and wouldn’t be here without him.

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What qualities does he have that were not present in other men you dated?

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Putting myself through an undergraduate program. Accepting consulting for the trade-off in pay even though it isn’t the “dream” job.

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Deciding to leave the US

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