Hustle Culture – Helpful or Toxic?

Almost everybody in their student years and beyond has been through painstakingly long working hours, either due to competitive pressure or the urge to achieve assorted goals. Imagine working with the same vigour and doing as much hard work every single day. This is exactly what hustle culture is, and it comes with a price tag; cutting down on sleep hours, family time and sometimes even meals. Nevertheless, successful entrepreneurs like Qi Lu always glorify this culture and advise the younger generation to apply it to their lives. 


Out-working everyone may be as painful as it sounds appealing, however, working ability depends on person to person. One may be comfortable working for twelve hours a day and another for eight; productivity depends on the person’s ability. But how much work is too much?

If one’s working hours exceed the borderline, then it is clear that they are in ‘hustle culture territory’. In fact, the word hustle refers to pushing someone along to do some or the other activity; In this case, pushing yourself to double down on work. 


At the end of the day, the question still persists; Is hustling worth the squeeze?

There is no clear answer to this question. Workaholics love to go beyond their working ability to achieve great success and others just love to live a simple life and enjoy the little moments as life passes by. The main objective of this blog is to provide an insight on hustle culture and for the readers to decide whether or not it is suitable for them. 

The Benefits:


  • Discipline is crucial when working for long hours, and this quality seeps into the personality of a hustler who focuses greatly on efficiency. This helps build mental toughness, which helps in dealing with the challenges in life.
  • The real benefit is the near guarantee of success, as working non-stop even after experiencing failures will eventually provide the expected results. 
  • Persistence is also a key feature that most hustlers build up as they progress in their workspace. 


This is basically like completing homework as soon as possible and going down to play. The more efficiently the work is done, the closer is success. The ones who are addicted to success, continue living this lifestyle. 

The disadvantages:


Sacrifices have to be made every now and then, but how many sacrifices need to be made in order to be a part of this glorified, and sometimes vilified culture? 


  • For those who are involved, no matter how productive they are, there is always a feeling of guilt for not having done more. This leads to skipping meals, dehydration, sleep deprivation and sometimes even anxiety attacks!
  • Hustling is also mentally and physically draining. It may also lead to burnouts, which occur due to overwork and the build-up of stress. In fact, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress in America 2020 survey concludes that Gen-Z adults of age 18-23 have the highest levels of stress compared to the other generations.



There is always a different approach to everything. Those who vilify the hustle culture, often suggest their readers to work ‘smarter, not harder’.

Cal Newport, in his book ‘How to be a straight-A student’ suggests creative ways for students to boost productivity without working for long hours. Students, in particular, require such advice to complete their work as soon as possible and enjoy guilt-free play.


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