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Key Lessons We Can Learn From Hustle Culture

In this day and age, we are often bombarded with content on different social platforms relating to the hustle culture, where entrepreneurs or ‘gurus’ share tips on how to make more money, increase income streams, accumulate assets, and so forth. The information typically implies that if we don’t hustle hard enough in life, we are missing out on a lot of things. While this is true to some extent, the portrayal of hustle culture online has definitely given it a bad reputation – mainly due to the teaching that everyone has to be an entrepreneur and not stay at a 9-5 job.


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If you carry out a quick Google search, you’d find that hustle culture is associated negatively with overworking. The sentiment the public has towards hustle culture has been unfortunate due to the mainstream, more radical view and approach to it. Many fail to realise that the hustle culture has different concepts when viewed by different people. For instance, hustle culture could be connoted as one having multiple jobs – with the second job being one of a less-corporate, interest-driven job.


The recent popularization of hustle culture however has definitely brought about some key lessons we can learn from them, both good and bad.



1. Teaches you to multitask and be efficient

Hustle culture often suggests one having multiple jobs for multiple streams of income. While this could be a heavy commitment to carry, this could potentially lead someone to master multitasking as they would be expected to pay attention to a number of job needs. Your cognitive would then be honed to be more active and aware, giving you more energy.


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Aside from that, the hustle culture showcases the idea of using your time wisely when you have it best. When practicing hustle culture, it is evident that you would want to allocate your time well so that you are focusing on the right things at your level.



2. Financial freedom

Undoubtedly, many people join the hustle culture because of the financial freedom promised. The idea of retiring early has enticed many people following the different mindset that one doesn’t need to work up till their retirement age.


girl counting her finance from hustle work


Some stigmas people would have would be that financial freedom equates to taking on more work. However, hustle culture in this era also extends to digital optimisation – which then allows one to carry out different jobs using technology but with less energy and time.



3. Gives you the confidence

In life, many of us tend to fall flat in our work when we lack confidence. We at times look around those who are more outspoken and extroverted and wonder how great it would be to have their confidence. And honestly, the same goes for a person who is into the ‘hustle culture’. While they may not be the best at their work, they push themselves to want to do better until they can gain the confidence needed.



4. Helps with discipline 

In hustle culture, there is always a tangible end goal. It could be either retiring in your 30s, being able to work while you travel, or even having a big amount in your bank account. And in getting to the end goal, we need to be both determined and disciplined.


 Boss teaching staff the Key Lessons We Can Learn From Hustle Culture


Discipline and the ‘hustle culture’ come hand in hand as one who is committed understands that the culture beckons one to forgo a lot of comfortable parts of life like socialising, vacations, and more. With the hustle culture that requires you to put in the work, your discipline will grow.




With the good, there is always ultimately a downside. These include:

1. Burnout  

The flipside to taking on every opportunity is that one can be driven to burnout, as they are too stretched with different needs and demands. The pride and celebration that comes with hustle culture actually drive us to work and achieve more, leaving very little time for ourselves.


girl at job feeling stressed and burnout from hustling


While hustle culture can provide great turnarounds, it is not entirely a sustainable mode of working in the long run. The ramifications of the modern hustle culture wave can even be attributed to karoshi. It is a Japanese term for ‘death by overworking’.



2. Linear view of life 

With hustle culture, the big idea dominantly shows how one needs to always have a high point in life. This means that they need to constantly and actively achieve fame and success in one go. The reality in life is that there will always be ups and downs, and if one has wired their mind to believe that there will always be ups, chances are that their downfall would hit hard.



3. Encourages Quantity > Quality Mindset

The idea of hustle culture is simple – doing more to achieve more. In short, this goes against the belief that quality beats quantity. In the hustle culture, when one puts in the work to get to an endpoint, it may be not necessary for them to understand how the ‘work’ has benefited them.


group of workers feeling the effects of burnout during discussion


This thus puts them in an ‘always-on’ and sometimes without empathy or passion towards what they are doing. For instance, a university student approaching a final examination may feel that they need to be relentless and study at all hours. However, in fact, what they need more is scheduling their time better. This is in order to get the most out of their studying sessions.



4. It creates competition between people

In a work setting, hustle culture may lead to negative competition between people who constantly seek to “one-up” another person. And in a setting where ‘hustle culture’ may only be your own belief, it creates an unhealthy environment. Thus, dismally diminishes the joy in working.


multiple staff creating competition with each other


Truth be told, in a corporate work setting where modern views aren’t always welcomed, someone who hustles will definitely get the attention or favorability of the higher management. As a result, would cause others to feel reduced in their position or work delivered.



In spite of the good or bad, one needs to ensure not to discount the process of hustle culture. This is because we all walk different lives in life and want to achieve different things. It is essential to understand how or when one can take on the good values of the hustle culture. Maybe even choose to remove the bad values. At the end of the day, it is one’s own satisfaction in life that matters.


For further reading, check out these articles on 5 Practical Ways To Deal With Work Burnout Amidst Working From Home and How To Excel in Your Side Hustle When You Have a Full-Time Job.

Creative Personnel by day + History geek by night + Baker and Writer on weekends

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