How the hustle culture is affecting mankind?


Anybody you meet today or call has only one thing to tell you, “Life is too busy these days”. Being busy is not just a word anymore, it is a status symbol that most of us take pride in. Some other common terms that we feel very proud to use these days are:

I have no time for myself

I have been up all night working

I have too much work to do

I didn’t get time to eat, because I was too busy with work.

Time and again I have heard these phrases from my friends, colleagues, family members and acquaintances too. Humans today are proud that they don’t have time for themselves. I am a little old school in this regard.

I like my time alone, and would never sacrifice it for anything in the world. When I got married people said that oh solitude is a ‘Single’s hobby’, you won’t have time once you get married. Well right now I a sitting on my couch, alone at home and penning down my thoughts, clearly, these people do not know how to live.

Well, coming back to the point, everywhere you see: social media, Instagram, articles, and newspapers the one thing everyone is talking about is being productive, getting in the groove, staying relevant, hustling and synonyms. This has lead to even young individuals in their 20s and 30s doing extra time in the office, stuck to their phones and laptops all day.

Well, is this the kind of life we want to live….?

While some people can disagree with what I am saying, there are some visible changes in mankind due to this hustle culture becoming an integral part of adulting.

a. Chivalry is dead: While chivalry is a word commonly used for men, I want to use it for all genders. People today have lost respect for each other and are just okay with abusing each other. In office space abuse is a common norm, and if you are not in for it, then either change yourself or change the place. While the higher management would time and again tell you to not abuse, it is a culture that has tripled down from them.

b. Anger has taken the front stage: While chivalry for sure is nowhere visible, it has been replaced with anger. The second chapter and verse 6 of Bhagavad Gita says

Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined.

However, today if this verse holds true, 90% of the world has lost their sense of judgement and is living the rat race, that they might have mistakenly fallen into. I say mistakenly because the ones who are living the life that they wanted are not angry with life, they are breathing their dream and are just thankful for it (though this is a very small portion).

c. Patience is stolen: Patience is a smart person’s jewel, but how many of us actually wear this jewel with pride? Hardly 2%. To prove myself I would just ask you to go on the road, and listen to the honking, the shouting and rash driving. Every now and then we come across some sort of aggression that people show towards their househelp, the delivery guys and at home

This aggression is not just at home, in the office we see managers yelling at their subordinates, and colleagues talking rudely to each other. In fact, we have gone so deep into this that anyone who is patient and polite is considered weak.

Why the hustle?

Humans are usually short-sighted, not just in their vision, but also towards life. Unless it is something that is truly close to our hearts, we cannot think about the long term. When in school, we think of doing engineering, not sure what after that. When in engineering we want to get a job, without any specification of why job, or what kind of job. After we get into a job, we want to do an MBA, why, from and where, what specialisation, is not something we ask ourself, the aim is juts MBA.

Similarly, when at workplace, we are all just trying to impress our seniors to get a job, for that we do not shy away from abusing people, shouting at them or even at times using unethical means to tarnish a fellow colleagues image. All this is not done with a plan in mind for te future, but just for a promotion, a hike, and a raise.

What we forget is that jobs, colleagues, managers are all temporary, in the long term, you may switch job, and neer meet them again in life.

Think f your first job, try to recall the names of at least 10 people from your workplace. If you are still friends with them, it is great, otherwise, you might have trouble recalling their names, and their faces. This is how temporary hustle is.

Man in the Mirror

Long time back I read a poem that has always stayed with me. It is titled ‘ Man in the mirror’ by Dale Wimbrow

When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please,
never mind all the rest.

For he’s with you right to the end,
and you’ve passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

This is how I function, I always try to be true to myself. There have been days when i have cried to sleep, for maybe not writing anything, talking rudely to someone, or if i haven’t read anything new in a long time.

For me, learning is the drive I live for, hustle for me is a weak man’s game.


People talk about Karma, but they forget the true karma where Lord Krishna says ‘ One must do one’s duties as prescribed, but they should be performed in the proper spirit.’ The word proper spirit is the catch here. The right spirit is not exhausting yourself, being rude to others or just being negative about your thoughts. All this never was and never will be part of ‘Karma’.

So it is time that we stop promoting hustle, and replace it with ‘self-care’. It is high time we stop just talking about mental health and start working towards it.