This “Hustle guilt” is the latest and greatest in the slew of awesome issues founders face. Margo Aaron describes this as “what you feel when you’re not sure you’ve hustled enough that day.” This brilliant post explores how the hustle mentality can be doing damage.
The path to long-term success is not paved with a presence that shouts “look at me!” It’s forged from a humble mindset of “how can I help you?”
That’s the real hustle — solving a problem better than anybody else, faster than anybody else.
Entrepreneurs are still enamored with “hustling,” says one writer. Too bad it’s not how great work gets done.
Many people get the idea that performing their best work on projects and tasks requires them to work non-stop on it, to “hustle” as the ubiquitous Gary Vaynerchuk amongst others has promoted. Miles Austin says, don’t listen to that advice – in the long run it will turn out badly. It most frequently will lead to lower-quality work and damage your profitability, credibility, and reputation.
Misery means we’re doing the wrong work. We’re doing work that we don’t find meaningful and rewarding. We’re grinding away at something that’s not aligned with who we are or what we’re good at – and yes, then every day will feel like pain and suffering.
So, hustle? Yes. Work hard? Without a doubt. Have big goals and big dreams? Go for it. But make sure that as you do, you enjoy the journey as much as you strive toward the destination.
Usually, doing the bare minimum is something to be apologetic about—but what if it was the goal? What if doing the least amount of work possible, was actually an objective? And what if you were to consider re-wring the rules about what constituted a day well-spent?
Perhaps hustle is only honorable when you don’t have to give up the rest of your life in exchange.