Why I Won’t Sacrifice My Life For My Hustle

Why I Won't Sacrifice My Life For My Hustle

Hustle is the buzzword of the year.  For those of you of another generation, I’m not talking about prostitution here.  I’m not that exciting.  Everyone’s talking about their hustle: the hard work and long hours they put into their passion project or job.  I admire this working hard thing.  There’s so much value in some good ol’ fashioned work.

I’m working really hard to build my business right now.  It’s new and fresh.  I guess as a 20-something, I’m new and fresh too.  The world is ahead of me and you better believe I’m gonna make my dreams happen!  My “hustle.”

But let me make this clear from the beginning: I will not sacrifice my life for my hustle.  Ever.

I start getting super skeptical of the push for a hustle when I see or read about people bringing their work everywhere they go: on vacations, at dinner, at the gym.  Waking at 5am, going to bed at 2am – and then recommending that others do the same to make the most of their work.  Thinking they will never be successful unless their hustle starts dripping into every aspect of their lives.

No!  I’m not buying what they’re selling. I have one life.  And yes, I’d like to use that life to pursue my passions, to work hard at them, to make money to support myself, and to gain success.  But at what cost?  And what is success, really?

It was Jesus who said, “what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”  Many people think he spoke of the soul after death.  But I always think Jesus was talking about the here and now much more than we give him credit for.

Our souls – that’s where the good stuff is.  The likes and preferences, the passions, the unique quirks that make us interesting.  Love is in the soul; joy is in the soul; freedom is in the soul.  The fullness of life is in the soul.  What if we gain the world but lose all the wonderful things that make us interesting, alive, individual human beings?

What if I gain wild success in my career as a writer, blogger, and editor – but what if that success came with no sleep, no social time, no fun, no adventures, no silence, no stillness, no play?  My identity is not Taylor the Writer and Editor.  Writer and editor are my professions, what I do.  There is so much more to me than what I do to make money.

Work hard when it is time to work.  Give it your best.  Provide for yourself and your family.  And then stop.  Turn off the computer and live your life.  Allow your hustle to be a part of your life, even an important part.  But never more than a part.

I’m never going to sacrifice my life for the sake of my hustle.  If that means I never get as far ahead as some of my peers, so be it.  But I will have lived my life – to the very fullest!

22 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Sacrifice My Life For My Hustle

  • August 12, 2015 at 6:57 am
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    my goodness, YES. I needed to read this today, thank you. And this is just one more reason why I adore you. We must go deeper… and stay there longer together. Love this.

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    • August 12, 2015 at 9:53 am
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      You’re so sweet – I love that “go deeper… and stay there longer together”!

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    • August 12, 2015 at 9:53 am
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      Thanks Heather!

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  • August 12, 2015 at 11:28 am
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    AMEN! Many of us tend to lose ourselves in what our dreams are. But we need to have a life outside of work. Work should never be our life

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    • August 12, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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      I couldn’t agree with you more, girl!

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  • August 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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    Yes, I agree. I really try to work hard, but I also need to take time to recover and enjoy life. Thank you for this great reminder.

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    • August 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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      Yes! It’s about balancing it like that!!

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  • August 13, 2015 at 6:50 am
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    Yes!

    This is something I always try and keep in mind about blogging. I love it, I want to expand it, I’m always kind of working on it… but there comes a time when you just need to experience and enjoy company (at restaurants, out in the world) and forget about it for a while.

    Because frankly, it’s both too stressful not to unwind, and it’s rude to those around you!

    But keep hustling 😉

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    • August 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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      I TOTALLY agree :)

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  • August 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm
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    This post speaks so much to what has been on my mind and heart this past couple of weeks. After going down to Alabama a couple weekends ago and re-connecting with family that I haven’t seen in years, I really stopped and looked at the path I’ve started to commit to this past year – the path of constant #hustle. While I think it’s important to work hard and not be lazy and pursue your God-given talent, you need to have a life! You need to make time for yourself, your loved ones and most importantly, Jesus.

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    • August 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm
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      Couldn’t agree with you more, lady!!

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  • August 16, 2015 at 6:10 am
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    Taylor, I’m in LOVE with this post!

    While I love my “hustle” and I’m working hard to create an amazing business of my own, I always make sure to keep some balance and enjoy my life as well! I love your commitment to yourself!

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    • August 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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      Yes, yes, yes. I totally agree with your assessment!!!

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  • August 16, 2015 at 11:24 am
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    I freaking love this. Hard work is good, but there’s no shame in stepping back. We have to connect with other people at some point!

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    • August 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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      Thank you! You speak truth!

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  • August 24, 2015 at 10:54 am
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    YES. We all need to make money and support ourselves somehow, but there’s so much more to life than the hustle!

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  • August 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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    I really enjoy this post, and have a similar one sitting in my drafts box! You’re SO right, we need to take a step back sometimes and realize that we can’t do it all. And we shouldn’t have to.

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    • August 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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      Thanks Rachael – always so glad to feel like I’m not alone! I love how you said it: “we shouldn’t have to” – you’re so right!

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