Episode 233: Hustle Culture is a Scam

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On Episode 233 of the Mama Bear Dares Podcast, Tesi and Leslie discuss #HUSTLE #GRIND #TEAMNOSLEEP #GETIT #DOWORK #HUSTLINGHARD and how all of these pithy hashtags add up to the very real phenomenon of what’s known as “Hustle Culture.” The women dissect the idea of Hustle Culture from a feminist and classist perspective and question the idea that success only comes after exerting yourself at max capacity, all day, every day. They discuss their own tendencies toward hustle, and end the episode with ideas of how to wade through Hustle Culture, how to help kids navigate a workplace focused on a narrow view of success, and reflect on what makes a whole and healthy being in the midst of 2019.

Take-aways from this episode:

  • No one thing in this world defines all of you.

  • You are loved regardless of what you produce.

  • To hustle in the way it’s described in Hustle Culture is a privilege.

  • Your work life does not have to be 100% crazy and intense at all times; sometimes part of your job will be boring and tedious.

  • Data shows that longs hours don’t equal creativity and it doesn’t even equal productivity. 

  • Wage growth has been stagnant for years. (Hustle doesn’t automatically equate “success".)

  • It’s important to know your WHY…in all things, including work.

    Tips for Reflection from Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials:

  • Choose consciously—with some gratitude that you have choices

  • Avoid phrases like “I have to…” 

  • Discover that your potential and vision of life are evolving, not static

  • Support other people eagerly and generously

  • Listen sometimes to the ‘small quiet voice within’ and to the messages of your body, instincts, spirit

Check out these articles for more information and different perspectives on Hustle Culture:

Nike Ad | Millennials and Hustle Culture | Milliennial 2 | Toxic for Women | Forbes | Boston Globe | Girlboss | NYTimes | Glamour | Fast Company

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