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It’s Time to Fix the “Hustle” Culture

Leadership & Inspiration

Joshua Davidson wrote this article


Over the past few years, I have read countless articles from entrepreneurs and startups about just how hard they are working day in and day out.

Every day it’s something different.

One day, someone is gloating about how many emails they sent. Another day, they are exclaiming that they fit in over twenty meetings in an eight hour period. A few days later, how they have not slept for an entire week, been living off of coffee, talking as if they have climbed Mount Everest.

Let’s get real here, to me, this means absolutely nothing. I do not care about how hard you are working. If you are sharing this as content to others, to me, it says that you have no proven track record, that you have no successes, and the only thing you can be proud of is the output you’re creating which has brought you no success.

Think on that for a minute.

This isn’t meant to sound harsh, but instead, to get everyone reading this to start thinking differently. Working smart is obviously the way people preach about doing anything – entrepreneurship, developing, designing, creating, planning, thinking, performing, competition, etc. Hell, I personally pride myself on being someone who can work as hard as physically possible while at the same time, working as smart as possible. With that said, one thing, and only one thing matters, the results you have. What have you accomplished? Who have you impacted? How much revenue have you generated? What kind of difference have you made? These are the things that you should be sharing with the world, not the process.

I love sports, and in this scenario, using sports is a great analogy for the readers of this blog. You don’t hear athletes jumping up and down about how much practiced they fit in, how they practiced harder than everyone else on their team, in their sport. Hell no. You hear them joyously (and sometimes dejectedly), sharing their results on the field, on the ice, on the court, etc. You already get the idea. It is the game that matters to them. Preparation for the game means nothing.

Here is why “Hustle” Culture is flawed and broken. It provides audiences of these blogs, and these content sources, the false idea that it is your work input is all that matters. Again, I am not here to say this amazingly huge asset isn’t vital – but it causes the misconception that the output automatically will happen, or worse, that it isn’t the thing people care about. Let’s be real. If Chop Dawg had no portfolio, hadn’t worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, didn’t have a following, didn’t have constant opportunities – all of you reading this right now would not care about us at all or pay attention to the information in this blog. We have a track record, and that is what brings validation.

I want to challenge your thinking here as you move forward. Focus on sharing your successes. Share your defeats. Share the knowledge you have learned. Don’t be afraid to share how you have worked to make your routine better. Don’t even be afraid to share what you are doing and working on – I still do that too. However, do not put all of your eggs in the work input basket. Focus on sharing everything that happens because of your work. The goals and accomplishments you have set out to achieve. The businesses you are determined to build. The products you have set out to create. Talk about what you have done – the good, the bad, the ugly. Be real. These are the things that the “Hustle” Culture has taken away from the entrepreneurial world and something we need to bring back.

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  • #AWESOME {“TheTRUTHmaySTiNG4aLittleBUTaLiEhurtsFOREVER” !!!}

  • Well said Josh. The hustle isn’t about working as many hours as you can, it’s about putting in the time and effort needed in order to learn how to win. If you aren’t learning and iterating during the journey, you’ll just be a hard working loser.

  • Hi Joshua,

    Finally had a chance to start reading this article. I love your attitude towards this stuff. You are as real as it gets. I think the way you define how “hustle culture” should be is totally correct, we need to start allowing our achievements to quantify our work ethic & success. To be honest, I think the culture has been distorted into an annoying meme. but..

    what about the people who work smart, work hard, and know how to play-ball, but too are young to have achieved anything major yet. Are those people supposed to stay quiet until they achieve anything? How do they seize opportunity when networking is a major element of success in business?.. I think the boasting is unnecessary, but in order to grow in this market (as an entrepenuer) you need to make a lot of damn noise! What do you suggest beginners do to indulge in the ‘Real Hustle Culture’ that you talked about & seize opportunity through discourse, more specifically through social media content?

    I think reflecting on the process and applying it to your brand is a great way to start off and show you mean business.. in moderation obviously :/

    Your friend Alex

  • I hear you and agree with the essence, but the sports analogy is flawed. There are hundreds of sports stories that detail the intense prep that separates the champions from the rest. In fact with champions, it’s the prep rather than the outcome that inspires people. That champions will win is a given. The bigger triumph is in how they push themselves just that extra bit harder, the background stuff as it were.

  • Beth said:

    I just love how authentic and real your articles are. I’ve been reading you’re articles for an hour now and I can’t sleep. Thank you so much. Brilliant content.

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