Leverage for Growth Podcast

Episode 99: Busting the Hustle Myth

Episode Date:Jun 6, 2023

Discover how Jesse P. Gilmore challenges the prevailing hustle culture in this insightful episode. Explore the negative impact of burnout, the significance of work-life balance, and the drawbacks of long hours on productivity. Gain valuable insights from studies and expert opinions, highlighting the benefits of downtime, wellbeing, and steady growth. Apply these principles to various aspects of your life, including body, personal growth, relationships, and business, to achieve a harmonious balance and sustainable success. Reflect on where hustle has dominated your life and take action today to embrace a more balanced approach.

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Episode Transcript

You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody this is Jesse P. Gilmore founder of Niche in Control and creator of the Leverage for Growth, welcome to the daily leverage edition.
Today’s topic is this “Busting the Hustle Myth”. Sit back, relax and welcome to today’s daily leverage.

Today, we’re discussing a topic that’s close to many of our hearts – the hustle culture. It seems to be everywhere these days, doesn’t it? But is it as beneficial as it’s made out to be? Let’s dig into this

Section 1: The Burnout Factor

Firstly, let’s talk about something called ‘burnout’. It’s a term we’ve all heard before, and it’s a real problem. A study published in the Journal of Business Venturing in 2020 found that throwing ourselves into work can lead to burnout, which affects not only our health but also our business performance. It’s like revving an engine for too long – it’s bound to overheat.

Section 2: Work-Life Balance

Let’s move on to the concept of work-life balance. Another study, this time from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2019, showed that conflict between our work and personal lives can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. It’s like a see-saw – when one side becomes too heavy, the other side lifts, and balance is lost.

Section 3: Productivity and Performance

Now, one might think that longer work hours would equate to better productivity, right? Well, not quite. In 2018, a study published in Addictive Behaviors revealed that longer work hours can actually lead to impaired performance. It’s like trying to run at full speed for a long time – eventually, you tire out and your speed drops.

Section 4: Expert Opinions and Real-World Examples

Even experts in the field are acknowledging the drawbacks of constant hustle. Adam Grant, a renowned organizational psychologist, suggests that allowing ourselves some downtime can actually improve creativity, productivity, and decision-making.

And it’s not just academics who are voicing this. High-profile figures like Arianna Huffington have publicly distanced themselves from the ‘hustle’ mentality, emphasizing the need for well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.

Section 5: Application Across Domains

Let’s wrap up by discussing how to apply these insights across various domains – body, being, balance, and business.

In terms of body, think about a balanced fitness routine that prioritizes consistency over intensity. Similarly, for personal growth, or ‘being’, focus on steady, consistent development rather than trying to achieve everything at once.

When it comes to balance, remember the see-saw – maintaining steady, consistent relationships over time ensures a satisfying balance in your personal life.

And finally, for business, think about it as a marathon, not a sprint. Focusing on sustainable, consistent growth over constant hustle can prevent burnout and ensure long-term success.


To wrap things up, it seems that while hustle culture might get you off the starting line, it’s a sustainable, balanced approach to work and life that will take you across the finish line. So, let’s keep our eyes on the long game, and strive for balance over burnout. Remember, we’re running a marathon, not a sprint.