Few people work-life balance their way into something special.
We can love our family and friends, have a lot of fun, and at the same time, give a little more than we take.
In fact, that last point can help us with the first two in so many ways.
I've lived 55 years and worked almost 40. I've worked hard and been lazy ... succeeded and failed. I've talked with thousands of people and studied hundreds of success and failure stories.
Be comfortable with less balance at the appropriate times of your career and you’ll likely find yourself in a better spot when you need the balance to go the other way for you.
Appropriate times of your career? It's different for different people and different circumstances.
Try not to let the desire for an absolute get in the way of your something special. Make the choice to Cross The Line and enjoy serving others. It's a better bet.
(If you're in your 20s and responsible only for yourself, have more fun but let work be the priority. You'll likely set up a much better set of future decades.)