Chris Bowler wrote a great blog post about ambition and family.
…[M]y purpose here is to simply encourage those with families. Please do not spend your time endlessly comparing your accomplishments or progress with those who have no family. Your setting yourself up for guilt at best, and resenting your family at worst… [P]eople who do not have a family to care for don’t even realize how much free time they have. They can even afford to waste some, because they have it in such abundance.
I can’t agree more with Chris about this. As a father with a wife and two small children every day is a balancing act between family, career, church and side projects. I think it is possible to succeed across the board, but it takes patience when you have a family. The people you care about most expect your best. They don’t deserve to settle for leftovers.