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The Hustle is a Self-Destructive Myth - JRWI Weekly

Ideas on balancing entrepreneurial drive with wellness, bringing to life new ideas while living well

Just Rolling with It

May 20 · Issue #48 · View online
Pursuing our dreams, not theirs.

Ideas on balancing entrepreneurial drive with wellness, bringing to life new ideas while living well ourselves and making space for what matters in a well-balanced life.

This guy’s a hustler - 
Nino Brown, New Jack Hustler
This guy’s not -
Mark Zuckerberg, Not a Hustler
This guy wants you to believe he is -
Gary Vaynerchuk, Wannabe Hustler
He’s not a hustler, either.
Get it?
“The hustle” makes me feel angry, sad or sick. Where I am on that spectrum depends on the moment. 
I’m convinced “the hustle” is a myth. I’ve been on the other side. I used to believe in “the hustle”. It was a self-destructive pursuit. I say this speaking from experience. I left the hustle when I started Just Rolling with It.
Still, the hustle lives on. It’s like that myth about rich drug dealers. Do you remember that one?
Freakonomics exploded that myth. Their study revealed most drug dealers weren’t rich. They lived at home with their moms.
People make a lot of money promoting “the hustle”. They sell the dream of becoming a self-sufficient entrepreneur. They claim to sell the tools to get you there. They claim you won’t achieve your goals unless you kill yourself “hustling” to get there.

It’s bullsh*t. Serious, bullsh*t.
WeWork, the co-working place I use, promotes “the hustle”. (I know, it’s an ongoing internal conflict…) They encourage employees and members to not only hustle but “Hustle Harder”. They promote Red Bull to help members hustle themselves into oblivion.
I’m convinced that the only people who profit from “the hustle” are those that sell the mythical “tools” that teach you how to hustle. I’m speaking from experience here, too. I’ve bought some of those tools, e.g. online courses, books, etc. They don’t work.
Actually, they work really well for those who sell them. They’re passive income tools for the sellers. They’re a waste of money for the purchasers.
I’m convinced “the hustle” destroys more entrepreneurs than it creates. So please, stop hustling. It won’t get you where you want to go. It’s not worth it.
Catch you next week,
P.S. - If you enjoy the music selections I include each week, don’t miss this week’s. It’s a playlist I’m building that showcases the house music I grew up listening to in New Jersey.
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House Music I Grew Up On in New Jersey in the 80's and 90's by Chris Remus
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