Good Hustle vs. Bad Hustle

In this entrepreneurial age in which we live, where we hear so much about the “grind” and the “hustle”, we also tend to hear a lot of what it means to hustle, as defined by various sources. It isn’t unusual for me to come across quotes like, “if you’re up-to-date with all your favourite TV shows, then you aren’t hustling hard enough…” or some similar-sounding quip, and think to myself, “Oh really?

Because, well, I think I grind pretty hard; I think my hustle game is up to scratch…but guess what? I’m up-to-date with *most* of my favourite TV shows, AND I average 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. I guess the “hardcore hustlers” would scoff at me, but the truth is that I am able to enjoy those aspects of my life because being organized and making sure that I use my time efficiently are at the core of everything that I do. So, as a part of my organizational skills, I DVR my favourite shows during the week, then binge watch them on Sundays, which is a day on which I refuse to do any work, as much as it can be helped. My 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night? I can’t function on any less than that, so I go hard during the day after waking in the morning from a restful night’s sleep, being as productive and efficient as I can be, so that there is no guilt when I put my head on my pillow at night. Really, what’s the point of staying up all and day and all night, just to feel like I am doing something when all I’m really doing is being non-productive and fooling myself in the process?

Granted, there are some night owls out there who work better late at night, their brains seem to function better, etc…that’s all well and good; by all means do what works best for you. But don’t be the type to limit yourself to 4 hours per night, surviving off caffeine and sugar rushes, snapping at every single soul and muddling through mental blocks, simply because you read a meme on Instagram that said that you’re not a real hustler, or you can’t be a successful entrepreneur if you aren’t burning the candle from both ends.

Then I saw this image on a social media feed recently:

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…and I got ecstatic, because I felt like FINALLY someone understands, someone gets it, and they’re sharing it with the world! Take a minute to look at the image…what areas under the “good hustle” column are you struggling with, or need to improve upon? And, what areas under the “bad hustle” column are you guilty of? What improvements can you make, without sacrificing success? The answers may surprise you!

Lesley Reece is an entrepreneur, content creator, writer and MD. She averaged 7 hours of sleep last night and looks forward to this week’s episode of The Catch. She is a firm believer that one size does not fit all in any aspect of life, and that you should therefore always seek the formula that works best for YOU.

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Positive Focus and Gratitude

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The other day I had a whopper of a day. It was long. It was hectic. And it felt as though every person I came into contact with was sent on a mission to try my patience. So at the end of that day, all I felt was exhaustion. Then for some reason, I really don’t know what sparked it, I thought to myself, “There must have been something good about today.” So I forced myself to sit and reflect on the activities and interactions from the day, in the hopes of finding aspects that would make me smile. And I did. I actually was able to think of three pretty awesome things that happened during the course of the day, as well as a number of other smaller, maybe less impactful, but good nonetheless, occurrences which had been interspersed throughout that day.

Once I identified those positives in my day, I immediately decided to focus on those, rather than on all the things that I was previously thinking had made it a “bad day.” Then I expressed gratitude for them. The realization that I had in fact had a pretty good day put me in fairly high spirits which stayed with me as the evening progressed. Because I was now in a better mood, I found that I was more energized and motivated to work on other tasks, which after a “bad day” like I had had, would usually have made me feel overwhelmed and reluctant to do them. To be honest, I may have called it a day and gone to bed early, frustrated and determined to “start over” the following day.

Based on the experience of that day I decided to create a challenge. Every single day, I must find aspects of my day which can be classified as good, whether large or small, significant or minor. What’s important to realize, is that sometimes we think something is bad, but if we look at the situation differently, we would see the good in it.

How willing are you to take on my challenge? At the end of every day, either before you rush out of the office in the evening, or when you’re winding down before bed, make a list – written or mental, your choice – of all the good parts of your day. Then express gratitude for them. Doing so will motivate you, it will encourage you, it may even make you more optimistic about something you had doubts about.

Enjoy and good luck!