Why I hate the Side Hustle mentality
In theory, I enjoy making more money. In practice, I am seeing it take over our personalities and lives to the point where we live for the side hustle, rather than actually living.
You could work as many hours as there are in a week, drink coffee, go to 3 different jobs, and keep “hustling” but is that a life?
Missing out on your kids growing up, seeing friends, just to hoard pennies to retire early to finally enjoy life (or just to hoard the money), doesn’t seem like a good life to me at all.
Why not… *shock, gasp, awe*….balance it out?
Work a little longer in the years.
Don’t burn yourself out.
Take your weekends to recharge yourself and be with your family and friends.
Stop thinking that every hour you are awake, you’re losing or wasting money by not making any.
Making lemonade out of lemons is always a good thing, but your precious hours are not lemons.
Time is finite. It ends.
Once you lose an hour, you don’t get it back.
Money, comes and goes.
I have always hated the saying of my sibling when he would say (unconsciously):
“Well, that takes half an hour of my time, which costs $X amount of money.”
…to justify a nanny, housekeeper, or whatever, and then the vicious cycle is having to work longer hours to pay for said “cheaper-than-your-hourly-rate” services and to keep that “luxurious lifestyle” going.
All I have to say is:
If your whole life is summed up in dollars and cents, it is a poor life indeed.
I can hear you indignantly saying:
BUT I NEED MONEY TO…[PAY OFF DEBT], [LIVE], ETC
Okay, I can respect that, but why not look at making more money per hour (so to speak) rather than working longer?
Any fool can pick up 3 jobs and work until they drop dead, but a wise person looks for ways to make their one job worth three times as much money.
Hustle in the smartest way possible instead:
- Job hop for more money and a better title (how I got a $30K increase in an offer)
- Increase your skills and become more desirable
- Go back and get more education if required for your job
- Ask for more money at your salary raises (how not to screw up a negotiation and how negotiating for as little as $7000 can mean 8 more years of wealth)
- Work smarter at your job – find ways to be efficient and effective rather than taking the long way to do things
Make the most of your life, but don’t value it in dollars.