For a long time, I’ve made reference to wanting to talk about hustle. More specifically, my hatred of the term. And my dislike of how prevalent it is in any kind of online business these days. Most of the time my articulation of this is rarely better than a scream/groan so this is my attempt to start talking about it.
Hustle, Part One
This really started bothering me in the past few years. Basically, it was incredibly frustrating to want to do so much, and yet be struck down by combinations of tonsils and low iron, as well as a full time job, studying postgrad part time (in 2016)… I gave up on doing anything online that could make money.
Part of that was that the easy money of sponsored posts died off (a topic in itself for another day) and part was that I didn’t have much interest in products to talk about in sponsored posts anyway. I was uncertain what I wanted to do, but did want to do something.
The problem is, even if I had known what I wanted to do, I couldn’t do it. Iron and tonsils aren’t the most serious of conditions but they do have an impact on your life.
So it was grating to me to hear the word hustle. I couldn’t hustle. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t do it. What does hearing that if you just work hard, you can succeed do to your ..self esteem? Your perception of what is possible? Does hearing that all success needs is hard work end up wearing you down?
What about events such as hackathons? What if you can’t work for 24+ hours? Can’t subsist on takeaway? Need a real bed and real rest? What is the obsession with unhealthy, work yourself to death as “proof” of your skill as a business owner?
Is ignoring it a solution? Can you ignore it when work yourself to exhaustion at all hours is the thing happening at all the meet ups for your industry? Are there meet ups for people who can’t or don’t want to subscribe to working all hours to build a business?
Why part one? Well, I still don’t even know what I want to say about this. I’m asking more questions than I can find the answers for. Becuase that’s where I’m at with processing this.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on hustle and the work at the expense of your health attitude?