“The world belongs to those who hustle” is the mantra of our day.
Rush, push, work harder.
Persist, fight, and claw to the top.
If you work hard and hustle more, you can own the world.
Our media is full of advice encouraging us to hustle, hustle, and hustle some more.
Here are just a few titles ripped from recent headlines:
- 3 Steps to ‘Hustling’ for Success (Time Magazine)
- Hustle as Strategy (Harvard Business Review)
- 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers (LifeHack)
- The 6 Best Ways to become Rich (Yahoo!)
We post hustle quotes as inspiration on our social media feeds and posters in our workplaces. The Internet boasts thousands of them:
- Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring.
- Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Hustle like you’re broke and keep that passion.
- Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.
- Don’t stay in bed unless you can make money in bed.
You can even buy a “Hu$tle t-shirt” if you want.
I don’t disagree with the adage. No doubt, those who hustle will end up owning the world.
I’m just not sure the world is what I most want to own.
What does it benefit a person to gain the entire world, but lose themselves along the way?
Some of the greatest blessings in life cannot be experienced if our lives are constantly filled with hustle chasing after the world.
In fact, many of the most important pursuits of our lives require us to stop “hustling.” They require quiet, peace, solitude, even rest.
Becoming the best version of ourselves will always require less hustle. The pathway to bettering ourselves and our souls requires meditation, solitude, and drawing away from the world around us.
Becoming a present and intentional parent (and/or spouse) requires less hustle. The requirements are listening ears, quality time, and focused attention.
Becoming a selfless and giving difference-maker in your community requires empathy, compassion, attentive eyes, and frequent conversation.
Even becoming a leader worthy of admiration requires patience, thoughtfulness, and willingness to serve.
I encourage you to work hard. We should all be using our talents and gifts to make a difference in the world.
But for those who are tempted to lose their soul through hustle in a relentless desire to gain the world, you are making an unwise trade.
There is great reward to be found in more stillness… and less hustle.