The Truth About the Hustle

The Truth About the Hustle

The hustle. No, I’m not talking about a song and I’m not talking about anything illegal. I’m talking about a new mentality that’s taking over the workforce. Trust me, it’s a thing.

The Truth About the Hustle by Emilie Hendryx | Putting on the New

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I don’t think I truly understood it until recently. Or, maybe I should put it this way:  I didn’t see its trap until recently. When I look at my life, it’s a big ‘ole mess of “hustle”. I know in the business world it’s considered a good thing (or maybe “necessary” is more the word), but I’m beginning to see that it’s killing me slowly.

Why? Because, at the heart of “the hustle”, I see the need–and overwhelming desire–to rely on myself.

This is not the popular definition. In fact, I would guess that most see it as “getting it done” or “working hard”. Just another way to talk about the “daily grind”. It’s a whole movement of people who are hyper-focusing on working so that everything they want can come into existence. The focus is work and the outcome is success. You hustle. Why? Because you need to. To grow your business and expand it. To get more and better clients. To earn a better income. To be recognized for your hard work. As a girl-boss (another common term) like me, this is like butter to bread.

Now, hear me when I say that on their own, none of these things are bad. It’s good to work hard and do well. It is not bad to earn money or gain better clients.

But the hustle is more than a word. It’s a mentality.

I’d even dare to say it’s a dangerous mentality at that. What is lost in its wake is rest, perspective, outward focus, and a reliance on Christ. The hustle, by nature, is an inward thing. What do I need to do today? What needs my attention? What will I gain by doing this thing? What’s on my plate? What can I do to grow my business. At its core is attacking each day with ferocity. Adhering to a plan because that’s going to get you results. Forsaking things that rejuvenate you because there’s always something else to be focusing on.

What is lost in the swirling tides of the hustle is a heart attitude that says, “I can’t do this on my own.”

Hear me out, ladies. Working hard is good. Planning is good. Being an amazing entrepreneur or employee is good. But if you’re doing these things on your own strength I can almost guarantee that you’ll face tiredness, frustration, lack of satisfaction, anxiety, stress, and a whole lot of second guessing.

I say these things as a woman struggling with the hustle on a daily basis. I am fully self-employed and know what it’s like to be tempted (and to give in often) to the mentality that I just need to do better. It’s a lie our culture feeds to combat the reality that, on our own strength, we’ll fail.

So what do we do?

We Surrender from the Hustle by Emilie Hendryx | Putting on the NewWe pray.
We give the hustle over to God.
We let go.
We let the Healer fix us.
We seek His rest.
We take breaks.
We leave our anxiety in His hands.
We focus on the person, not the paycheck.
We are honest about our failures with one another.
We seek out community.
We encourage those around us and put them first.
We strive to give our plans over to Him.
We admit we don’t know it all.
We ask for HELP.
We surrender.

Are you living the hustle? Are you ready to let Him in? He will show you a new way, a better way.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Emilie Hendryx About Emilie Hendryx

Emilie is a freelance writer, photographer, and graphic designer living in Northern California. She’s a member of ACFW and writes Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, you can find her designing fun bookish items for her Etsy and Society6 shops all while drinking too much coffee.
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  1. Aw, Emilie, thank you so much for this post. I’m dealing with stuff that ties into this post so well… I’m not there yet, but every day I learn more and try to let go a little more. Thanks again.

  2. Good word, Emilie! I was just thinking about this the other day and realising how the relationships we build with God and others around us are so much more important than our other ‘work.’ Some of what we do may end up on the ‘wood, hay, and stubble’ pile when we neglect the vital stuff!!

  3. Toni Shiloh says:

    Love this!

  4. So good, Emilie! I need to print this off and put it where I can read it each morning to remind me my day, my efforts, my hopes, my dreams, my very existence belong to God and I am dependent on Him. Thanks so much for sharing this. God bless!

  5. “We give the hustle over to God.”

    Oh boy, did that hit a nerve. Lately I’ve been hearing a phrase among other artists that says “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.” But where is God in that? You are right, we need to give the hustle over to him and allow him to guide us from there.

  6. Chanel M. says:

    A beautiful word. Something to bear in mind when we are tempted to take control of our own lives. I definitely need to remember to surrender everything to God and let go.

  7. Absolutely Jill! I know how tough it can be – praying you are able to let go!

  8. Oh yes! I totally agree Jeb! It’s so easy to get distracted in this world!

  9. Thank you Toni!

  10. You’re so welcome! I need to do the same thing! It’s such a temptation but with the Lord, we can learn to overcome!

  11. Amen Cherie! It’s so good to work hard, but I think “the hustle” is more than that. It’s a mindset of selfishness/self-reliance. We can work hard WITH God – amen? 🙂

  12. Thank you so much Chanel!

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