Success.

Everyone wants it, yet the road to attain it is anything but easy. Some will devote their entire lives to this escapade, and it is far too easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of tasks (I am guilty of this).

However, it is highly important to remember to include free time into a busy schedule. Any high achieving person will tell you that a balanced, successful lifestyle does not consist of just work. In fact, taking up a hobby can contribute to boosting your overall success– and who doesn’t want that!

To illustrate my point, let me give you a few examples. Entrepreneur Richard Branson spends his free time playing chess, Meryl Streep knits, and Ray Dalio practices transcendental meditation (fun fact: Wall Street Bankers are now signing up for these lessons).

So, are you seeing a trend yet? You bet you are! Successful people don’t just work all of the time (although it may seem like it). Instead, they dedicate themselves to activities and practices that make them feel good. After all, when you feel good, you work well (and in the case of our #GirlBosses, you look good too).

Not all hobbies have to be educational. In fact, Angelina Jolie’s favorite pastime is collecting knives with her family (let the record show that I am not attempting to motivate you to begin collecting weapons). Other more non-conventional hobbies include, sky-diving, playing polo on a segway (I highly recommend you look up photos), learning the ukulele, baking, and sailing.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find something exciting that you’re passionate about. Take an art class if you’re artistic, or go Bungee-jumping if you like getting your adrenaline pumping (Sorry, but I think I’ll have to sit that one out)

You’re new hobby awaits, and believe me, your work (and success) will thank you.