With the rising popularity of people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, and other hustle enthusiasts, it’s become a common mantra to “just work harder”. The fact of the matter is that we can only work so hard. We’re not robots; we’re humans. I do believe working hard is essential to success. However, I believe it is egregious to work hard for the sake of working hard. Work without purpose just makes you busy while wasting time.
As someone who is already naturally hard on themselves, being told that you need to work harder on top of your already tiresome schedule can seem like a kick in the ribs. When you come across a problem, the advice you always seem to hear is that you need to work harder.
Anti-hustling is not being lazy. It’s being smart and methodical. It’s doing the work when the work has a purpose. Why would anyone put themselves through the physical and mental torture just because someone with some money told them they needed to?
When I first started this journey of sharing my story, my mind was clouded with the ideas of others. I was so much into content consumption that I forgot to think for myself. As I’ve experienced more things in life, I’ve concluded that we can have the things in life that we want without making ourselves miserable in the process.
For me, the first step to ditching the world of hustling was to find my true purpose. I’ve hustled almost all my life. I’m no stranger to 80+ hour work weeks, late nights, early mornings, and sleep deprivation.
Being miserable has become a badge of honor in the entrepreneurial community. Who can become the most sleep-deprived? Who can work the most hours? Who can wake up the earliest and go to bed at the latest? NEWSFLASH: IT DOESN’T MATTER! It’s about the output, not the input. If you’re getting a good ROI (Return On Investment) on your work, you should be proud!
I feel as if I missed out on a ton of amazing opportunities because I was so tunnel-visioned. Hindsight is 20/20 but I had so many people telling me the same thing I’m sharing today.
There are more important things to life like family, friends, and experiences. Do you work to live or live to work?
Hustling is almost like holding a knife to life’s throat and demanding that you take charge. It’s forceful and doesn’t often yield the best results. Life happens. We can’t change or control the outcomes. Stop worrying about things you can’t change or control. Instead, focus on the present and do things that have a purpose. I try to go about life as a paddle to a canoe. A slight change in paddle angle changes the entire trajectory with little more than the turn of a wrist. It takes far less effort but yields tremendous ROI.
I would have never written about anything like this 6 months ago. The past few months have been a wake-up call. As Ed Mylett told me, “Pass the time with life, not life with time.” We all only have a certain amount of time in this life. What are you going to do to make it the best?
Challenge: Are you open-minded or are you only open-minded to what you want to be open-minded to?