Although I've damn near circumnavigated the globe, I've never been on vacation. Work was always waiting for me when I got somewhere. I'm not complaining because I love what I do. But I rarely took the time to appreciate where I was.
As women and minorities rise in business and organizations, the increasing upheaval may shift the dynamic that's been perpetuating the unhealthy attitudes, behavior and way of life of both the workaholic and traditionally successful male.
In my work as a research psychologist currently studying women in the workplace, I hear women describe this sort of near-obsessive commitment to work with increasing frequency. For many, it's how they develop feelings of self worth. This can be both empowering and dangerous.
I could not comprehend why anyone would be obliged to have a "career track," at (what I saw as) the tender age of 27. In fact, I had never entertained the concept the way my American friends were referring to it.