In what feels like ages ago, I led a corporate life. Meetings, cubicles, blackberries (the smartphone kind, not the fruity kind), stifling tan walls, repetitive processes …

The 9-to-5 can get a lot of flak (especially online, where you’ll find oodles of articles from creatives who naturally shudder at being so boxed in), but it wasn’t completely dreary. I met amazing people who became my mentors. One of them opened my mind to the power of working to your strengths.

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When I mention working from home to someone who has always done the traditional 9-to-5, they immediately picture sleeping in every day, skipping out to the beach, having a spotless house, and/or never leaving their pajamas.

The flexibility of working from home sounds like nirvana — especially to introverts who crave solitary confinement during the workday — but successfully doing it takes discipline. It’s AMAZING to be home, but it’s also much harder than it sounds.

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