If you’ve ever felt like that, you aren’t alone. To tell you the truth, I’ve been there as well. I watch other people showing off their late-night hustles on their Snapchat stories while I’m sitting in bed watching The Real Housewives of whatever. And ultimately, I think to myself… I could be working right now, so maybe I should be working. Then I start to feel guilty for not making the most of time and using it to work on my business. (Although, Gary Vaynerchuk can make anyone feel like a slacker.)
But here’s the thing: Everyone’s hustle is going to look different. Your hustle isn’t going to look like her hustle, so quit comparing yourself.
Why You Don’t Have to Hustle All the Time
If you scroll through your social media feeds right now, you’re guaranteed to find someone who is working those late nights and sitting at their desk on the weekend. You’re guaranteed to find someone who is talking about how hard they work. And that’s fine! But you don’t have to let it get you down if you feel like you aren’t putting in the same amount of hours. If someone chooses to work 40 or 60 hours per week in her business, that’s great. But if you want to only work 20, that’s perfectly okay, too! It doesn’t mean you’re lazy. It doesn’t mean you won’t find success.
Trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing is only going to leave you stressed out, burnt out, and possibly resenting the very business you’ve so lovingly built. And you don’t want that, now do you?
You need to do what’s best for you. What’s best for your life and your business? If you want to take the day off to hit the beach, then do it! If you just need a girls’ day at the mall, then take the day off. This is your journey and it’s unique to you. It’s not going to look like what everyone else is doing and that’s totally okay!
Now, I want to make it clear that there’s nothing wrong with hustling in your business. If you love and crave that hustle, then that’s totally fine. In fact, sometimes we need a season of hustling in our businesses where we just sit down, get focused, and get things done. But you shouldn’t feel pressured to do that all the time if it’s not for you.
So, the next time you feel guilty about seeing someone else hustle while you aren’t… Stop and remember you don’t have to feel that way. You don’t have to hustle just because she does. It doesn’t mean you’re not working as hard or that you won’t be as successful. You don’t have to prove how hard you work to anyone else. Focus on doing what feels good to you.
Define your own hustle.