The Over Hustle

*I’m going to start by giving my good friend Nate McAllister a shoutout for his thought leadership on the “micro-hustle.” You can learn more about the whole concept over at his blog at http://entreresource.com/.*

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Since you are here reading this post, odds are you are a hustler. Like someone who is looking to take their lives into their own hands and looks for ways to make money in every way possible.

Not to be confused with the men’s magazine Hustler.

There is a problem with us hustlers.

We don’t know how to stop the hustle.

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And that is what leads to the dreaded “Over Hustle

Those who work in the typical 9 to 5 work environment often call this burnout. 

Those of us who hustle all day every day know that is much, much more than that.

It’s that feeling you get when you are wake up at 5 AM on a Saturday morning and the first thing you want to do is head to the store and start scanning items in every aisle.

It’s that feeling where your “relaxing” is actually hustling.

I’ll be the first to admit that I do this all the time!

Normally, you would hear an entrepreneur say this feeling is what makes you successful.

I am going to have to disagree.

There is a fine line between being a hustler and falling into the dreaded over hustle.

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So. What can we do about it?

There are a few things that I have started to do over the last few months and I’m starting to see a huge shift in my overall happiness.

  1. You have to set “on time” and “off time.” For me, I do my FBA side of things in the morning (from 6 – 8 AM) and when I get home (from 6-8 PM). I try my best to set aside two hours with no work from 8 – 10 PM each night and also extended periods of time on the weekends (like Fridays you will never see me online after work).
  2. You have to have a hobby or a project. For me, I am trying to do both. My hobby is golf (which I will be in my league, lessons, and my Friday night standing game). My project is my backyard – It’s going to take a ton of work, but if gives me something to focus on instead of hustling.
  3. You need to understand the balance between work and leisure. If you work 24/7 and never enjoy the rewards of your labor, what is the damn point? 
  4. Outsource your time sucks. If it takes you a ton of time, outsource. If you hate doing the task, outsource. If you can make more money doing something else, outsource. If you are even wondering if something should be outsourced, outsource.

Now. I’ll be the first to tell you, it isn’t easy.

That’s where communities such as the FBA Master Facebook group become oh so important.

A place where you can get the support from others in the same exact situation. No one understands you better than someone in your shoes.

Build your support network and be open and honest with your feelings and current situation.

It’s amazing what a little support can do 🙂

Take the time this evening to find someone in our group or one of your friends and start building that support network right now!

Until next time,

CW

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