I’m writing this post the day after a long holiday weekend.
I saw several posts over the weekend from people who were working – by choice – on this particular holiday.
The common message was “to get ahead, you gotta hustle, gotta work harder than anyone else.”
I’m all for hard work, and a little hustle never hurt anyone, but what I’ve learned for myself is that rest and rejuvenation does WAY more for me than hustle ever did.
I’ve also learned that life really isn’t a competition – that’s nothing but scarcity mentality.
“Hustle is the name of the game” is a very dangerous message. At least it was for me. When I adopted that mentality, it may have lead to a temporary bump up in productivity and/or revenue, but the long-term effects were sometimes devastating — burnout, depression, and a drain on my most important relationships.
I’ll admit, it took me years to learn this lesson, so I can’t be too quick to judge. Which leads me to one more thing I’ve learned on this journey, and that is this: to each his own. Some people probably thrive on the hustle, and that makes them happy.
For me, though, hustling for the sake of hustling has never led to happiness. It has only led to the insatiable need to hustle even more.
As I pondered this all weekend, an interesting insight emerged:
If we would simply rest as hard as we hustle, we probably wouldn’t need to hustle so hard.
Just a thought.
I know this might be a polarizing post. Would love to hear what you think. How do you feel about “hustling”?