How Much Hustle Is Too Much?


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7 Responses

  1. It’s interesting that your four signs that you’re doing too much also are four signs you have a newborn in the house – lol!

    Like you said, how much hustle is too much is really dependent on the person and their family situation. For me, if I’m starting to lose sleep because of stress or if I’m starting to miss too many workouts at the gym, I know I’m pushing things too hard.

    • Hero says:

      That is really interesting, Jon! I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right. 🙂

      Losing sleep and missing workouts are great indicators of too much hustle. I may have to add those in!

  2. My biggest recommendation to you is to hustle your pants off while you’re still young FSH cos it’s much harder to do as you get older. Apart from increased family commitments which will demand your time (too much side hustling is a sure fire track to divorce), there is also the wear and tear on the mind and body. You said that you recover quickly from a busy week which shows that you’re young and reasonably fit. Once you start getting older, it starts to hit you like the morning after a big night out.

    I say go for it but just know when you’re hitting your limits. It’s pointless working your butt off for weeks only to end up sick or mentally burnt out for a period.

    Sorry FSH, this isn’t aimed at you but at anyone who’s burning the candle at both ends. I’ve done it and am now pleased to put that all behind me. Thanks for a great post FSH.

    • Hero says:

      Very wise advice, as always, Martin. For most people, I believe the ability to stay in full-on hustle mode is limited to specific chunks of time. I certainly don’t plan on doing this forever. I have pushed too hard in the past (working about as much as I am now and also trying to train for a marathon, for example), and it didn’t go well. I’m looking forward to the time that I can ease up a bit and put extreme hustle behind me!

  3. WOW it’s like you read my mind on this one. I took on far too much work over the last two months, coupled with my full-time job it left me extremely worn out. I had to take a week off from anything but the day job last week. My mind was ready for a rest and it has done me the world of good. I love to keep busy, but sometimes you have just got to sit back and relax and let your batteries recharge!

  4. I’ve been trying to define how much is too much as I get my Upwork side hustle off the ground. I haven’t decided yet…

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