Hustle. It’s been all the rage in the age of the Internet. If you hustle your side business you’ll be able to quit your 9-5 and make big money. But think about all the stuff we give up when we spend too much time hustling. Just the meaning of the word should give anyone with a half a conscience reason to pause.

  1. Force someone to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction.
  2. Obtain by forceful action or persuasion.
  3. Busy movement and activity.
  4. A fraud or a swindle.

Let’s go a little deeper here.

  1. To hustle means to sell yourself. I don’t have a problem with selling one’s work. But selling one’s soul in the process is too much. Being successful doesn’t have to include giving up parts of yourself that are pure and sacred. There is a purity to art, music, and writing. Hold onto it.
  2. To hustle means to hurry. Great works of art cannot be rushed. Not only can we lose something sacred or pure by hustling, we can also sell ourselves short. Our work might suffer in quality for the sake of simply making more. I’d rather create one masterpiece than 100 pieces of mediocrity.
  3. To hustle means to sacrifice. Sometimes we have to sacrifice in order to become better at what we do. But if we sacrifice our own family, our friends, our health, what good are our accomplishments?

I’m not willing to sell out my own conscience, happiness and well being to make it. Money and fame have much less longterm intrinsic value than art, love, travel, and family. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.