We've all been at that point where we think we won't get ahead if we don't give it our all. But nothing that has a dollar value is worth your all. Health. Experiences. Love. Joy. Peace. Those things are worth your all. If it doesn't bring you those things, it's only a means to an end.
The real question is "Are you shortening your life for something that isn't going to help supplement what you bring to the table when you no longer can?"
You need someone who knows what you do for a living, what you're looking to do in the future, who can make your hair look like it's a part of your personality, and still make you look great for a night on the town. Your grooming professional should be your friend who you just happen to pay (and tip well) to make you look awesome. Someone who, if you're looking for it, can hook you up with the corporate sauce.
Make up whatever scenario you must in your mind to motivate yourself to keep grinding. Life happens. Stretch toward your goals and don't stop.
Stop competing. Start working together, building, and watch what can come if, as opposed to a two way street, everyone’s lane builds a highway.
You never know when what you're reading will add credibility to your brand. My suggestion is read as much as you can on the topics that influence your industry or the industry you serve and, eventually, it will pay off.
Make sure you're presenting yourself in the most intentional manner possible, while paying attention to whether or not your look aligns with what your target market is looking for. And, if you're having a tough time doing that, reach out to me or someone else who takes their brand seriously. I'm definitely here as a resource.