Why I Hate Short Term Hustle

There is a trend going around atm surrounding the word “hustle”. It’s everywhere in the entrepreneurial space and in the post Casey Neistat, vlogger scene. The idea which surrounds this form of hustle is about pushing hard and putting every ounce of energy you have into the success of your venture.

I think this idea is total bullshit. Guess what happens to each and every person who follows the “hustle lifestyle” these social media stars follow? They get burnt out and give up on the process because they don’t see any success short term.

What do I mean by this?

I think the only person I know of who isn’t looking short term when using this word is Gary V. Yes, he says to bust your ass working every second of every day, but he doesn’t mean cheat the system to get there quick. Long term hustle is the act of putting every ounce of effort in today, knowing it’s not going to get you anywhere tomorrow, but that it will in 5-10 years.

Hustle is the term people have been starting to confuse with lucky opportunity. The “big break” in their career they haven’t gotten yet. News flash, you’re not going to get a big break. If you want to get somewhere, you have to put in the work to earn it.

When I think of the word hustle I’m looking at long term work ethic.

What do I need to do today to get where I want to be in 10 years?

Say my goal is to be completely debt free with 500k in the bank in 10 years. My hustle would be to bust my ass off working while taking advantage of every opportunity that came my way.

Imitating this meta culture of hipster hustlers in NYC is counter productive to what you want in life. Stop worrying about what other people have, and what they did to get there, and start concentrating on what you need to do to earn what you want in life. Looking at someone else’s life trajectory will only lead to depression and regret for not succeeding instantly.

Stop waiting for your celebrity shout out, and get to work!

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