Why I will never tell you to hustle #5TTT

Hi all,

How many times have you heard the word ‘hustle’ recently? Because I keep hearing it more and more.

‘Create your own side hustle’

‘In order to achieve all you need to do is put in the work and hustle’

‘Winners hustle’

Just some of the examples I am hearing on a daily basis when it comes to this word.

I must admit I never really saw it as a positive term – using it only when I wanted to explain someone or something that was pushy, frantic, rapid. So why do we now use the word as a way to describe someone who works hard? Who puts in the grunt work? Who goes above and beyond what they need to?

I for one will never tell you to hustle. For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I will explain to you why.hustle - chase the red grape

Sometimes your life is enough

‘You could be more if you just were to hustle’, ‘Be a stay at home mum with a successful business on the side, if you hustle’. Well sometimes my life and your life is enough the way it is thank you very much. Life should be easy and fun. Yes we all have to work hard to achieve our dreams and some people could do with a little nudge but as a whole one word should not dictate how we live our lives. It’s ok for our life to be enough. We may not have all the money we want, the house we want, our own perfect side business or the exact career we want but if it makes you happy then it’s enough. No hustle needed.

Sometimes you need time

Hustle = rapid and fast paced. Well sometimes we all need a bit of time. Time to grow, time to learn, time to gain experience, time to think so we don’t make mistakes. Sometimes we aren’t cut out to hustle. Sometimes we want to take our time. I am not going to force you to go faster than you want to. We cannot blend together the term hard work and hustle. Hard work is what we need to achieve our dreams. ‘The Hustle’ is the next step. The extreme if you will.

Taking away the fun from your hobbies, interests and passions

I have listened to many podcasts over the past few weeks that have looked at the subject of turning your hobbies and interests into side hustles. But why? Yes if you want to, yes if it will bring you joy or you want to test the waters to see if it could bring you a viable income stream. But I fear that allowing it to become a side hustle (aka a small business) may take away the reason it brought you happiness in the first place – because it allowed you to relax.

Pressure

We have so many pressures put upon us to be perfect in all we do. Now we have to add hustle to the list? So if we aren’t running about, working day and night and pushing then we can’t live the life we want? Do the hustlers out there realise the pressures they are imposing upon us to have to do the same? Some personalities thrive from the hustle, others are intimidated by it. Many hate the sound of it. Whatever type you are just don’t be pressured into it. It is your choice.

Comparison… yet again

This links back to the pressure we put upon ourselves when we, once again, have something to compare ourselves to others. Maybe I am not good enough because I don’t strive like her. Maybe I’m not good enough because I don’t work late nights and weekends. Maybe I just don’t know if I want it enough. Stop and reflect. I work hard but I know I don’t have it in me to hustle. Yes I want to be successful. Yes I want to live my dreams. But do I want it bad enough to hustle for it? Maybe not. And that’s ok.

Most importantly, it’s up to you. I’m not going to pressure you into having to live your life hustling. If you feel you need to, I will support you, but I am not going to force upon you that the chances of you living your dream depend on your level of hustle. For me, life goes fast enough anyway without having to hustle it away!

Are you sick of being told to hustle?

Or are you motivated by it?

Do you like to go ‘all in’ or are you a ‘live and learn’ type person?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

8 thoughts on “Why I will never tell you to hustle #5TTT

  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Everyone wants you to hustle hustle hustle and you know what? A) the hustle is exhausting and b) why can’t I just live my life? Why must I be doing 452462456 things? Stop making me feel bad about myself!
    The hustle can be great, but life is enough of a hustle as it is.
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    • Jen says:

      I’m so glad you loved the post – the subject was grinding me so much I just had to write about it! Life is tough enough as is, let’s not make it harder for ourselves!

  2. Cora says:

    Ugh. Just thinking about this word as I started reading your post gave me all the icky feelings. I think because “hustling” is something i revert to and have been pressuring myself to do for years. Im only now letting myself let go. Its like doing things and getting things done as fast as I can is a coping mechanism for me to bring me out of the present moment and face what I really need to face. We think hustling will make us more productive or get our goals, but in my experience its only ever resulted in a lot of half-ass achievments and not being in the moment to actually enjoy any of it.
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    • Jen says:

      I am so glad you are learning to let yourself go. Life is too short for the hustle, it only wears us down and leads to burnout. And, as you mentioned, means that time flies so fast we never get to enjoy any of it!

    • Jen says:

      The past couple of years for me have been so rewarding. I too am a lot more laid back and so much happier for it. Hooray for letting go!

  3. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    I love this post. Why can’t we just be happy with what we have and who we are. Why are we as a society always so focused on doing more? Being more? Hustling, if you will. That mentality teaches us we’re never enough when we most definitely are.

    Also, when I think hustle, I hear the song, “do the hustle. Do. do. do. do. dooo. 🙂
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    • Jen says:

      Well now all I can think about is ‘do the hustle’ too! Ha!
      You are spot on though – we ARE ENOUGH just as we are. If we constantly strive to be better or more perfect (when perfection never really exists) then we simply loose out so much on life and living.

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