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.