From the Economist:
On a good week, I'll probably work around 50 hours a week. On weeks with 2 on calls for example, this can go up to say 80 hours. I don't want to calculate the hours of those who do not get postcall off. This doesn't include the hours spent studying for professional development while some others are ridiculously termed as being on "study leave with pay".
A complication of inflation and professional life eroding into that 24 hour limit. You need more time to earn money that buys less and less.
The struggle to succeed means that there's always someone who will work just that bit harder, pushing the rest to compete almost just as hard. The cycle is never broken. And this especially illustrates the stereotypical helicopter (east) Asian parent.
There's joy in the masochism. But only for those with the success.
Balance in life is a myth. There's always something that is sacrificed. You get to only partially choose which part to sacrifice. Or you can try to balance everything but sacrifice sanity.
In many ways, only professionals understand the good and bad of others' high-octane professional lives.
The finishing food for thought, for all of you professionals in your own professional field.