Why I Don't Do The Hustle

Some of you may remember The Hustle as a 1970s line dance. Some of you may know this hip-hop song “Hustlin'.” One quick Google search elicited all sorts of inspirational quotes about hustling: “Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring.” “I’d rather hustle than slave 9-to-5.” Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Crush it! offers this definition of hustle, "Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count. There is so much hustle in my day I don’t even have a second to spare to “hang out” and catch up with the people around me." Maybe you find these quotes inspiring, and if you do, you can just stop reading here. (If you LIKE hustling

Learning Happens After the Action

For five years I’ve been telling myself that I have to have everything in my business all figured out before I can confidently without a doubt tell potential clients that I can help. This is classic perfectionism at work: Unless I’m perfect, I can't let you see me. That’s the trap I have to keep escaping from, the belief that I have to have things “all figured out,” or I have nothing of value to share. I can’t tell you how profoundly sad that makes me—for me and for anyone who believes that they have to be perfect in order to be worthy. It’s so, so lonely. One thing I've learned from being in recovery, is that sharing our struggles and stories honestly is what truly helps others. That's what

Future Tripping for Fun

I obsess. No matter what, I will find something to obsess about. I had a former manager say to me, “It sounds like you’re borrowing trouble,” by which she meant I was worrying about something that hadn’t happened yet and about which I had no control. She called it borrowing trouble; I call it “future-tripping.” Of course, it’s much easier to see it happening in other people than it is for me to recognize it in myself. During this time of uncertainty, it is easy to obsess about the future. It would be easy to obsessively worry about what the government does or doesn’t do; whether the economy will bounce back; whether people at the grocery store are practicing safe social distancing, etc. But

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