I’m all for hard work, I sincerely believe that we cannot reach our full potential without working hard, I don’t buy into the #passiveincome bull we are fed.
I very, very much believe in working smart and doing work that fulfils you so that you don’t feel like you are working, but essentially, I am old fashioned in my beliefs that hard work pays off.
HOWEVER, I am 100% anti-hustle. Not only do I hate the whole culture around it, and the buzzwords trotted out by anyone who has ever watched a Gary V vlog (no offence, Gaz, you have built a great business on the back of your confidence and… well, confidence), but the whole notion of working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day is frankly, RIDICULOUS.
Having started working in the catering industry at the age of 13, then going into bricks and mortar retail and restaurant businesses, my weekends were never my own. I worked 7 days a week for 5 years, and very nearly killed myself in the process. It is not sustainable, effective or in any way productive.
I now make sure I have my weekends off, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. If I do work at the weekend, it is to plan my week ahead out on a Sunday afternoon, and I love that time. I love going into the week knowing what I have ahead and having a plan, so that to me isn’t work – it certainly isn’t ‘hustle’.
The #hustle principle, only really serves to make us feel like we are not working hard enough, not achieving enough and ultimately, not good enough.
Well I am here to say enough is enough.
When was the last time you sat and thought. I don’t mean sat and scrolled through Insta while deciding what to have for tea, I mean really sat and thought.
Effective thinking takes peace and calm, which in today’s information overloaded society with the seeming weight of judgement coming at you from every angle, is increasingly hard to achieve.
But if we don’t have time to sit and think, how do we plan? How do we have time for active ‘creative thinking’. Have you ever left the house then stopped to think ‘have I locked the door??’ because you were replying to a message on Whatsapp or uploading an Insta post because it’s 8am and THAT’S WHEN ALL MY FOLLOWERS ARE ONLINE! (I know you have)
Well, imagine a whole life like that – ‘hustling’ so hard, you forget to stop and think. Forget to plan, and intending to end up at X point, instead end up no where near your dreams or goals because you had your head down ‘hustling’. Is money in the bank more important than a life of fulfilment?
People have fallen into this trap of humble bragging about working weekends, working evenings, and burning the candle at both ends. When you see this, you get that nagging feeling of “oh shit, to be successful I need to be working my butt off!”.
I hope we are starting to see a turning point in the ‘hustle & grind’ culture, but with the glamorisation of entrepreneurship and the rise of industries who rely on perpetuating this message and the insecurity that comes with is, I fear it will continue until we have chips inserted into our brains that will sleep for us so we can work 24 hours a day and negate the need to EVER stop!
My tips for creating calm and space for thinking:
- Find dedicated time to think. Set aside an hour or two a week and treat it as a priority
- If you struggle to keep your mind from wandering, try using an app like Headspace
- Journal! This is such a great way of getting your thoughts onto paper. Get a blank piece of paper and start with the words ‘I feel…’ then just see what comes out.
- Be ruthless. Think about the social accounts you follow that make you feel anything less than motivated or inspired. Unfollow – it’s as simple as that.
- Join a group. There are some fabulous groups on Facebook with positive, uplifting communities – aside from my own, my favourite is The Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business, run by Leona from Lucky Dip Club. Zero hustle, zero judgement, maximum support and good vibes ✌🏼
Please tell me in the comments your tips and tricks for finding moments of peace and calm.