I don’t often post questions on Facebook, but when I do, I meet amazing people like Elizabeth Guerrero!
A couple of months ago, I was really struggling with the concept of “hustling”—working your ass off, or according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary, “to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business.”
Hustling also means swindling and to the entrepreneur crowd, working really hard and really smart to get ahead. It’s a flexible verb.
I’m torn about hustling. There is a lot of evidence to show that it works. If you look at it in terms of efficiency, it’s smart, but how most people seem to interpret hustling as a concept is working day and night solely focused on a big goal. Hard work pays off, right? Where I think most of us go wrong is that we hustle for the wrong things, things that aren’t really all that important when you stop to think about them.
After a few days of research and pondering, I did what any inquiring millennial does…I asked a Facebook group what the point of hustling is. And that’s where I “met” Elizabeth. She was struggling with this same conundrum, and wrote a very insightful response that implored me to see if she wanted to hash it out and publish the conversation. The result is this podcast episode.