Your #Hustle Culture Is Toxic and You Need To Stop
You might have noticed there was no blog post or email last week. That wasn’t an accident, I didn’t forget or anything. I chose not to post anything. There are a lot of things going on right now and I decided I wouldn’t stress myself out with trying to write a blog post and schedule the email. The trendy, hip, cool thing, to do would have been to stay up #grind and #hustle to get it out and to publish something–anything. That’s the cool thing right now. #Hustle Culture. Honestly it’s toxic and I wish it wasn’t the cool thing to do. Instead I chose to focus on the important things that I had going on and make sure I took care of myself and my health, which isn’t cool.
What is #Hustle culture
You’re probably wondering what the heck is #Hustle culture. #Hustle culture is the mindset that you have to pour every single second of your day into “work.” it goes past being a workaholic, because workaholics at least eat and drink and sleep. They just spend all waking hours thinking about work, wanting to be at work, or working. #Hustle culture takes it a step further. Sleeping as little as possible is celebrated. Working so much you forget to eat or choose to skip meals is celebrated. Having too much work and not enough hours in the day is celebrated. #HUSTLE #GRIND #TEAMNOSLEEP #GETIT #DOWORK #HUSTLINGHARD #OUTWORK blah blah blah.
You might be reading this and thinking to yourself “Didn’t you just post not too long ago about how you were outworking me?” I did and I was and could still be outworking you. But it’s not because of the hours I’m working or because of the meal I’m skipping or the sleep I’m not getting. It’s because I’m making time for work instead of using all my time for work.
Why It’s Toxic and you need to stop
Brands like fiverr know this, Apple knows this, everything is about grinding and hustling. Check out this ad for Apple’s latest show “Planet of the Apps”
Now I don’t want to bash this guy because everyone is allowed to make their own choices on how they live their life, but I personally will never sacrifice time with my children for work. In fact my overall goal is to make it so I never have to choose between a recital and work. I always want to be there and present and available for my children.
Check out this Fiverr ad.
“You might be a doer.”
I consider myself a doer. I get my projects done on time. Coffee is not lunch and I love sleep. Am I not a “doer?” According to Fiverr I might not be.
People who #Hustle and #Grind all night and celebrate not sleeping and skipping meals are usually pretty unhealthy. From my experience they crash and crash hard. The king of #Hustle himself Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) says often how important sleep is. He knows it’s important to take care of yourself. He’s also probably out working you and me right now as you read this. Why because he knows how to use his time.
What #Hustle Culture Really Shows
What does your #Hustle culture really show? Not that you’re working, not that you’re busy, but that you’re inefficient. Whether it’s time, workflow, or decision making. You’re doing something wrong. I understand sometimes you may need to pull an all-nighter to hit a deadline or work a little later to finish a project that was due yesterday. But if you’re doing this constantly, on a daily basis, something is wrong.
You don’t look like a hard worker you look like a bad worker and to be honest if you really audited your time you might not be as “busy” as you think. You might just look busy or feel busy. You could be bad at managing your time and focusing at one thing at a time causing you to never get anything done on a timely manner. You might have taken on too much at one time and now you’re struggling to finish everything at once. The way you work might not be good to the deadlines you’re setting. Something needs to be adjusted. Eat food, get some sleep, take care of your body and your mind before it all falls apart. No Fiverr deal, no freelance contract, no dollar is worth your health and wellbeing. Take care of yourself and those around you. Focus on what’s important. Like my man Gary Vee says, “1 life.”
Working hard is good. Working smart is good. Working to look busy and looking like you’re grinding and celebrating not taking care of yourself is not good. It’s toxic and we shouldn’t perpetuate this idea that it’s “cool” and “trendy.”
I love you guys. Be well.
Final Notes: I know this is really ranty, but it’s something I’m very passionate about. Don’t try to stay up late, instead audit your time. Maybe you don’t need to watch tv every night. Maybe you don’t need to play that video game for 2 hours, just 1 hour. Focus on what is important. Do me a favor and share this with someone you think needs to find their focus.
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