The Hustle Culture Will Kill You
"I'll sleep when I'm dead" was a phrase I've heard over and over.
For many years there has been a "hustle culture" when it comes to tech industries and startups. Everyone has the Next Great Idea, and wants to get funding for their startup. This is a great ambition, but it's also causing the glamorization of some pretty unhealthy physical and mental behaviors. You know what I'm talking about: endless meetings, crunch time, skipped lunch, skipped gym, missed family functions, forgot birthday...the list goes on. While the results some get are very good, I have to ask the question 'at what cost?'
I have learned this dangerous lesson, and want to help budding entrepreneurs embrace a "slow hustle" culture. If you win the traditional hustle game, great. Just be sure you have your family, friends, and health with you when you get there or it will be a hollow victory.
There are many articles written on this topic by people who are far more knowledgeable and eloquent than me. However, having seen firsthand the price many have paid for their success, or attempts at it...please take a moment to pause. Think, if I keep "hustling" the way I have been, where will I be in 1, 5, or 10 years -- in ALL aspects of your life. It remindes me of a quote:
"I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that its not the answer." - Jim Carrey.