Hustle Culture Versus Habit Culture

Gabby Ianniello

So what does 'hustle' even mean?

Most would agree that 'hustling' is doing the things you don't enjoy so you can do the things you love. This can look like working a full-time job just to come home and work on your side hustle. This can also look like sacrificing your priorities, health, and sanity to get "one step further."

What if you didn't have to sacrifice your sleep schedule in order to build a business? What if you could still hit your gym goals without having to give up your social outings?

Though there is no shortcut when it comes to hard work, dedication, and consistency, you can still achieve your goals in a more relaxed, pleasurable way by embracing what's called 'Habit Culture' instead of the rise and grind mentality of 'Hustle Culture.'

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Why 'Hustle Culture' is dangerous

There's something so righteous about hustling. We feel that because we've worked so hard and sacrificed so much, that we deserve all the success we desire. We feel that if we "grind while they sleep," we're actually one step closer to hitting our goals. Hit close to home, right?

The problem with approaching working with this mindset is that we always feel that the work we put in is never enough. That we are never enough. That if we just put in that extra hour, it would've made all the difference on that math test or a product launch.

What can happen if I embrace hustle over habit?

Embracing hustle over habit can:

  • lead to burnout
  • cap you on your creativity
  • negatively impact your health
  • cause more mistakes due to 'rushing'
  • have you overlook simple solutions
  • make you feel unsatisfied (always looking for the next challenge or searching for happiness in the way of achieving goals)

Yikes! How do I pivot?

Start to become aware of the thoughts that run wild in your head and the phrases or mottos you swear by. See the below examples of how to start pivoting from hustle to habit.

What are the benefits of choosing habit over hustle?

Choosing habit over hustle can:

  • inspire you to work more consistently, thus forming long-term, healthy habits
  • make you more dedicated to your process and craft
  • encourage you to carve out time for things that bring you joy
  • help keep your top priorities at the forefront (i.e. getting 8 hours of sleep, eating actual meals instead of just iced coffee, etc.)
  • expose you to simple solutions for complex problems

Congrats! You've started your journey by learning the difference between Hustle & Habit!

I myself am still trying to navigate when to go full speed and when to check myself and say "hold up," but being aware of the difference between hustle and habit has helped greatly. Reach out if you have any questions!

About the Author

Gabrielle Ianniello is the founder of The Adulting Manual and the host of the Corporate Quitter Podcast. When she's not adulting, she enjoys reading, making art, hiking, and Mario Kart.