10 Truths: Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan

  • Something about you that might surprise others?
  • I cannot drive. Driving with me is a life-threatening experience.
  • Favorite age so far and why?
  • 4​4​. Right now, definitely. My mum has always said that every year gets better and better and that’s really true. I do think the decade of your 30s, particularly as a woman, is hard. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of balancing. In your 40s, for the first time you start to be more comfortable and relaxed.
  • What do you admire most in others?
  • People who have the courage to find their own path.
  • Immediate turn off?
  • Know-it-alls, people who think they have all the answers.
  • Something that makes you smile?
  • My kids. When my kids laugh, that’s the best.
  • Biggest insecurity or fear?
  • Oddly enough I would probably say failure, even though it’s what drives me. I love failure, but that doesn’t mean I’m not as scared of it as the next person.

  • When do you feel like the best version of yourself?
  • When I’m running.
  • Words you live by?
  • “Without risk does not come great reward”—something my dad always used to say.
  • Something you haven’t figured out yet?
  • How to be more patient. That’s something I’m working on. I’ve come a long way compared to where I used to be, but I’m relentlessly impatient with small things and big things. I don’t like standing in lines. I need to be moving forward and progressing and people who are farting around drive me crazy.
  • Something you have figured out?
  • What I have figured out is that work-life balance is equally about the work as it is the life. I think we talk about it in the way of: “How do you get to not work as much, so you can have more of your life?” To me, it’s the work side that makes the life side so much more fulfilling. We’ve all had those experiences in our life where we’ve been working our asses off for whatever period of time, and you finally get to go on vacation and it’s the best vacation of your life because you’ve earned it. I can remember periods of my career when I wasn’t working so hard and wasn’t feeling challenged, and those are the times when you go on vacation and you’re like, “I’m kind of bored.” I feel like the two go hand-in-hand together, and people sometimes forget that, you know? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to work and enjoying it. That’s OK.