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Make Room in Your Work Life for the Rest of Your Self

by Brianna Barker Caza, Lakshmi Ramarajan, Erin Reid, and Stephanie Creary

Shonda Rhimes, the television producer and creator of shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, is an entertainment industry titan. In a TED talk, she described her deep passion for her work: “When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling…. It is hitting every high note. It is running a marathon. It is being Beyoncé. And it is all of those things at the same time. I love working…. A hum begins in my brain, and it grows and it grows and that hum sounds like the open road, and I could drive it forever.”1

Yet, despite Rhimes’s passion and success, her single-minded investment in her work drove ...

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