Society teaches us that if we work hard, sacrifice sleep, ignore our family, pass out at our desk — That THESE are the success markers we should aim for. But here’s the thing – hustling to a point where you’re sacrificing your life and well-being will actually take you FARTHER AWAY from achieving your goals.
Hustle culture and performative workaholism are beneficial to the people who have the most to gain.
Elon Musk once admitted in a tweet that there are easier places to work than Tesla, “but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.” The correct number of hours “varies per person,” he continued, but is “about 80 sustained, peaking about 100 at times.”
Amazon was recently in hot water after denying that more rural drivers were forced to come up with unique ways to use the restroom and prioritize delivering packages.
And don’t get me started on the lies that “Boss Babe” culture preaches to a younger generation of female entrepreneurs.
So let’s talk about the top 3 lies hustle culture teaches us:
1. You have to wake up at 5:00 AM if you want to be successful. As much as I love waking up at 5:00 AM, I know it’s not for everyone. Forcing yourself to do something you hate will only ensure you’re unhappy in the long run.
2. There’s a specific way to become successful. We love to talk about our unique characteristics but mask them when it comes to success. The truth is, there is no secret sauce. Nobody can replicate your business– because nobody can replicate you.
3. Asking for help is a sign of weakness. Over a year ago, I hired 10+ people to help me in specific areas of my business. My clients need me as much as my graphics need a graphic designer.
You are strong, capable, and incredibly fierce. Don’t let these lies allow you to feel you’re anything less than worthy.
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