People say the Hustle culture is Toxic. This blog might change your mind.
Have you ever come across videos on Youtube titled "I followed the routine of *some successful person*" Usually, those successful people are people who are the best in their fields. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why are we talking about routines rather than specific details such as what they invest their money in or how they talk to their employees?
I had seen a video where a creator followed the routine of Picasso. He did not focus on what he painted but on how he lived. It turns out our daily routine decides who we are. Pablo Picasso had this very extreme routine.
A day in the life of Picasso went as follows:
11 a.m. - Breakfast and Leisure
2 p.m. - Painting
10 p.m. - Dinner
11 p.m. - Painting
3 a.m. - Sleep
I know a bit extreme relative to our lives in the 21st century, but the reason I am talking about routines is that our routines define us. Everyone is ambitious and goal-setting when it comes to the long term. The main difference between us and who we look up to are the day-to-day decisions, or what I like to call "micro-decisions"
The only way to have the micro-decisions align with our long-term goal is to be conscious about how we spend our time. This happens when we have a system. A system could range from our routine, content production system, study system, work system, etc.
No business, youtube channel, or academic growth is possible without a system. The greats are great because they have a system that works for them. People who want to become great in their field are either unaware of this fact or are in the pursuit to find that system for them. I come in the second type.
Being a self-development enthusiast, I have watched hundreds of videos of Garyvee, Ali Abdaal, Sandeep Maheshwari, Beerbiceps, etc. I have realized that these people are trying to let us know to keep looking for that system. Each one has a different approach in portraying their thoughts, and that's what makes them unique. The final goal of all of them is to make you find your correct system.
The reason people find the Hustle culture TOXIC
Even I was once a person who thought the hustle culture to be toxic. My main reason was that constant gym trainer-style screaming! I felt this kind of content forces productivity and completely ignores the work-life balance. It made people selfish and overly critical of how they spent their time.
At least I got one thing correct out of it, "it makes us overly critical of how we spend our time" Maybe not the right words, "The hustle culture makes us more aware of how we spend our time. And being aware is the first step to creating a system. Many people watch these videos from these productivity and motivation speakers, but many use them merely for short-term motivation.
Why do people find it hard to put these ideas to long-term use?
The search for that system is not easy, requires some serious effort and trial and error. The demanding part about finding the right system is not the things in the system but getting back to pursuit when failed. We currently live in a highly distracted world, So keeping at it requires a lot of willpower. That's why not everyone is in the hall of fame. We all have that potential it's just that many don't have the willpower to be consistent.
Remember, Hustle culture doesn't mean over-working, It's about working on the right things. Finding the right system that doesn't drain you out.
The hustle culture will only make sense to you when you understand that you don't need to do things but you want to do them. The Hustle mindset is nothing but the want to constantly be in search of that system that gives us happiness and satisfaction.
I am resonating with this topic. I might write more on it as I implement things to find my system. Next blog let's talk about how to create a system that could work for you!
See you next week!