The difference between hardwork and hustle


These days, it seems that “hustle” has become a swear word when it comes to business. In an effort to promote work/life balance, people have wrapped a stigma tightly around it, promoted the idea that hustle is horrible, and urged us all to take more baths.

I get it, I really do. And mostly: I agree; We don’t need to drive ourselves in to the ground in order to be successul. But theres a level at which we need to find a balance : and that’s why I want to dig in a little to the difference between hustle, and just plain hard work.

Hustle, very literally, means to force along quickly or to have “busy movement.” Hustle is just another word for keeping yourself busy. Staying busy doesn’t always mean that we will reach our goals, it just means that we will be physically and mentally exhausted at the end of the day because we didn’t allow ourselves any time to recover. It also means that we will hit burn out, and we will hit it quickly.

The opposite of hustle is to sit around in one stationary position and not be busy at all. That’s not going to help you excel in your business. We can’t expect growth if we never take steps forward or put in the effort to get the result. You wont gain a clientele if you only work 11-2 on Tuesdays each week, unfortunately.

So… where’s the balance? It lies in between knowing what is necessary for your success, having the ability to prioritize and the drive to put in the work, and also knowing when it’s time to rest and rejuvenate your mind/body. We can’t have one without the other. We can’t have our cake and eat it too. (Or pie, if you’re not a cake person.)

To simplify it:

Hustle by itself = burnout.

Laziness by itself = no progress

Hard work + appropriate rest = the recipe for success.

This isn’t just for use in the salon, but it does make a lot of sense when we think about building or upleveling our career behind the chair. Sometimes, we need to put in a little more work in order to gain the clientele we want. And sometimes we need to transition out of long hours in order to take care of our bodies and give ourselves space. Often it takes a little trial and error before we’re able to find that balance - and sometimes, the balance that worked before isn’t the balance that works for us any longer.

If you find yourself filling one bucket without filling the other, or neglecting the life you want to be living becaue your priorities are out of alignment, it might be time to take a step back and see what you can do to rearrange that flow.

Esther ChapmanComment