A discussion on hustle culture

Hustle culture is effectively a buzz word when you are in the working world. In this blog I will talk more about hustle culture and the advantages and disadvantages of this lifestyle.

In short, hustle culture refers to working extremely hard and doing whatever it takes to advance in your career. Your career becomes such a priority that other things such as social life and hobbies can be deprioritised. This culture is particularly common in careers such as banking and consulting, where nearly everyone that enters these professions are highly ambitious when it comes to their careers. When you think of hustle culture, you think of things such as working long hours and eyeing promotion after promotion.  

There are lots of bad things about hustle culture. One of the main things is that when you give a heavy priority to your career, you have to inevitably make some sort of sacrifices in other important aspects of your life. For example, if you work long hours than you have to sacrifice things such as your sleep. Making sacrifices isn’t easy and it is possible that you can regret making these sacrifices later on in the line. Furthermore, hustle culture can result in burnout as you are constantly working hard, and is hard to sustain over a very long period of time.

Despite the clear drawbacks of hustle culture, there are lots of people that do the hustle culture lifestyle. One of the main reasons is due to external pressure from society. There is a mentality among some parts of society that in order to succeed you have to work hard at all costs, even if that comes to the detriment of other things. To give a specific example, there is almost an expectation from society that you should work hard and prioritise your career in your 20s in order to be successful. This pressure from society can sometimes influence a person’s opinion on what success look like. Furthermore, it is easy to see people the same age as you working long hours in corporate jobs and think that you should be doing the same, even if its not for you.

In my opinion, I do think there are some benefits of hustle culture, and you do learn a lot from this lifestyle. People who do the hustle culture lifestyle are often goal orientated and are extremely driven to meet their goals. Being able to set goals and having the motivation to meet them is useful for different aspects of life. Furthermore, hustle culture helps develop resilience and character. This is because hustle culture is not easy, and it requires a lot of sacrifice and difficult moments. Overall, hustle culture can help you access amazing opportunities that allow you to grow as a person, and even if the drawbacks of hustle culture outweigh the benefits, the benefits shouldn’t be overlooked.

The pandemic has changed the way we think about hustle culture. Before the pandemic, living life at 100 miles an hour was very common, and hustle culture was a part of that. The pandemic forced us all to slow down. This was good for a lot of people as it enabled them to fit in more time for self-care. Moreover, the pandemic also allowed people that lived the hustle culture lifestyle to take a step back and reflect on the lives they had been living, and whether hustle culture was worth it for them. Working from home has helped people improve their work life balance and now more and more people value work life balance more than simply prioritising their career.

2 thoughts on “A discussion on hustle culture

  1. I definitely feel like there is a certain point when a person is no longer living, they’re just working to live. That’s no way for a person to live their lives. This is where I think moderation is key, because yes hard work is important, but I think it’s the moor rant to keep in mind one of the reasons we are working in the first place. The way I see it, I want to work and make a decent salary so that I can enjoy life, and I think it’s the same for most people. But I think a lot of people forget that and become a slave to their jobs. I also think people are sometimes trying to live outside of their means and overwork themselves trying to maintain an unrealistic lifestyle. It’s so cute moor rant to have balance, because work and eat are two sides of the same coin, and at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you want to say you’ve loved your best life. That was my 2 cents! Lol. Great post!

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