Like so many working women, Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, admits that she struggles when it comes to making time for herself. Saujani recently joined Arianna Huffington on The Thrive Global Podcast, in partnership with iHeartRadio and Sleep Number, where she opened up about prioritizing self-care—and how hard it is for her to do that when she has made a career out of her devotion to helping others.
Saujani is truly moving the needle by bringing girls into the technology sector and changing the image of what a programmer looks like and does. In just six years, Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 students, working tenaciously to close the gender gap in technology. But while Saujani is making waves at Girls Who Code, she admits that taking time for her own well-being can be a challenge. “I still think that we’re taught, especially for me as a daughter of immigrants, to be selfless, that it’s a luxury to think about your own self care and your own self health,” she explained.
Saujani told Huffington about the challenge of putting work away and avoiding burnout in the business of justice. “Your work is never done,” she admitted. “That’s why I think that a lot of activists and people in my world really burn out and are really bad about self care, because they’re never really given permission to be joyful about what they’ve achieved. I definitely suffer from that.”
The challenge in recharging and prioritizing your well-being is an issue that so many working women face, and Saujani is no stranger to the feeling of needing to do more. She explained to Huffington that as much as she has accomplished, she never feels that her work is complete. “In some ways, that drives me,” she revealed, describing her constant itch to do more and make a greater impact. “But in some ways that’s my Achilles heel, because then I never give myself a break.”