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I Believe In “Quiet Quitting” but Not In “Hustle Porn” Anymore

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Goodbye, hustle culture.

I guess you are familiar with the term “hustle culture” or “hustle porn”.

In regard to your 9–5 job it means:

  • staying late
  • working weekends
  • taking work home
  • taking on additional projects

… in order to get a pay rise, a promotion, or to feel seen and accepted by your boss.

According to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian…

“hustle porn”= the fetishization of people — particularly entrepreneurs or employees in the tech industry — overworking themselves.

(Interview with Inc. Magazin)

It’s allowing work to leave time for nothing else.

In the long run, this mentality compromises your health, your relationships with your family and friends, and your creativity.

Finally, you’ll suffer from burnout.

Somehow I want to be an anti-hustler

The hustle mentality just doesn’t resonate with me anymore.

Although I once was in the hamster wheel myself…

I don’t believe in “hustle porn” anymore.

You don’t need to hustle your butt off to be successful.

Forget a mandatory 5 a.m. wake-up.

Forget hustle harder.

This is my life right now:

  • 🤙I left everything behind and moved to an island.
  • 🤙I enjoy walking along the beach with my husband holding hands.
  • 🤙I work remotely.
  • 🤙 I grow my online business — am a Top Writer on Medium, host a Boot Camp, and am an online course instructor.
  • 🤙I enjoy a lot of quality time with my son because I’m the main caregiver.

I don’t want my life all about the hustle

I want to be spending quality time with my loved ones.

I want to breathe the salty air, go surfing, and enjoy my life.

I want to be able to take a moment to soak up the richness of my experiences and create a life that makes room for more actual living.

Of course, I’m willing to work towards this goal.

But I’m not willing to sacrifice my sleep, my family, my marriage, and so on anymore.

Because I used to be this type of person in the corporate world — before I had my baby.

I want to spend my time on the right things

The global pandemic reversed decades of work tradition and led to a collective existential crisis.

Employees asked themselves:

  • Why do I do what I do?
  • Does it matter what I do?
  • Am I spending my time on the things that truly matter to me?

We’re living in a cultural shift as we reframe our perspectives around…

  • the purpose of work
  • what work-life balance really means
  • and how we want to spend our time on this planet.

For me, the popular term “quiet quitting” is all about setting boundaries.

It’s not even close to quitting your 9–5. It’s just not letting your employer get away with theft number one — wage theft.

Wage theft is when your employer doesn’t give you, as the worker, what they owe you.

In fact, it’s the largest form of theft in America.

In my opinion, “quiet quitting” simply means doing what you’ve been contracted to do and no more.

For me, it also includes that you look for other things that light you up. For instance, writing online and starting blogging on the site to live your purposeful passion.

Bottom Line

With this article, I don’t want to say that “hustle porn” is right or wrong

It used to be right for me in my 9–5 job.

I climbed the career ladder from an assistant to a manager.

This philosophy changed when I gave birth to my baby boy.

I got clarity about what I really want and what my priorities are.

I don’t regret that I worked my butt off for years.

This is part of my story and my DNA as an online entrepreneur and side hustler.

Now everything I do revolves around my anti-hustle faith and vision, which I find much healthier.

What do you think about the hustle porn philosophy?


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