11 Jun 2021
I see people working 18-hour days, working on weekends, and then boast about #hustle on Instagram. Hustle harder, side hustles. These terms are so common nowadays. The hustle culture seem to portray a high-energy-motivational movement that comes with expected rewards. But it could be promoting burnout culture or toxic productivity. Are you pro hustle culture or nah?
Pro-hustle. But within limits.
IMO it's not so much about glamourising it but more about knowing when are our best years to do so and just working towards our goals. I wouldn't want to be 50 and still going out there to compete with fresh grads in their young 20s who have far more energy and focus in their prime.
Plus people post things on social media for many reasons, e.g. validation or just to keep themselves accountable. I wouldn't read too much into what others have to say about what I'm doing as long as I hold myself accountable.
Overall, I'd rather work hard now and hustle WHILE still giving myself time and space to relax and focus on the important things in life like my loved ones and my hobbies.
It's inevitable that some kind of prioritisation has to take place, but I always remind myself to weigh the importance between what's happening in my life and to remember that work isn't always going to be like this.
As long as we're smart about it and work towards the future we want... we won't have to clock 18-hour days forever.
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If you claim to be pro-hustle, and then you start adding caveats to it, then sorry that isn't pro-hustle. You want your work life balance, you want space and time to relax, you want the best of both worlds.
That's not pro-hustle.
The hustle culture is wrapped around the idea that every moment spent should be productive and value-adding to bridge the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be.
It's the constant chanting of "you need to want success as much as you want to breathe".
It's the reading your book on commutes, ridding your social media, don't take naps, sleep at 10pm and wake up before everyone else to start your grind.
It's the spending your weekends upgrading your skills, heading to the gym, doing work in advance of the week, and then attending a few courses on Udemy or Coursera to be ahead of competition.
There is no room for entertainment, and every thing you do should be intentional. Success is, and should be the only goal.
Y'all still pro-hustle?
TLDR; if you still have work-life balance in mind, that is not pro-hustle. Here's what hustling really looks like. My perfect example: Kobe Bryant. He recognised that there are going to be sacrifices, and he was okay with it. Y'all should really watch this proper before saying y'all pro-hustling. True hustle looks like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSceuiPBpxY
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I guess it really does depend on how you define hustle culture...
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