Stop The Grind: A Realistic Solution To Halt Hustle Culture

Samantha Radocchia
Mar 26 · 5 min read

Unfortunately, a major part of “hustle culture” is how much time you put in at the office.

  • Are you toiling late into the night?
  • Do you rise and grind at 5 a.m.?
  • Are you going to that WeWork every day?
  • Do you show up to the Equinox, which is conveniently located next door to the WeWork, at 7 a.m.?

People have an inherent need to compete, but as everyone tries to outperform each other, it’s essentially a race to the bottom — the bottom being burnout, poor performance and the occasional blinding headache.

Not only does hustle culture, or what Alexis Ohanian has coined, “Hustle Porn,” affect your quality of life, but it also affects the quality of the work you do. As a peer, I wouldn’t be impressed if you were up until 3 a.m. working on a pitch deck the night before we needed it. Sleep deprivation is terrible for your health and your performance — and it makes you less present and coherent during the workday.

Understand that hustle culture comes from a place of fear.

Very few people actually want to be in this cycle of performative exhaustion. Most people are simply coming from a place of fear.

To avoid it from the start, companies have to rethink how to define success.

Hustle culture starts at the top.

Eventually, the entire company culture becomes much more competitive and political, and value is placed on productivity metrics rather than quality or sustainability of output.

One day, the founders look around and wonder what happened to the company they wanted to build.

Once you find the right balance, success is easier and more sustainable.

Work shouldn’t be a constant struggle.

Success won’t be simple, but it must become easier over time.

When you’re truly in your flow state and aligning with the people around you, you feel energized rather than drained.


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Samantha Radocchia

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Emerging Tech Entrepreneur | Anthropologist | Author | Speaker| Blockchain | Forbes 30 Under 30 | Prev. Co-Founder at Chronicled

The Mission

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org