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About The Hustle Porn Situation We Have On The Internet Right Now

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About The Hustle Porn Situation We Have On The Internet Right Now

Hustle porn. It sounds like some bad fetish but that’s the name we’re giving to motivational quotes and people you see on social media. It’s a proper name.

The internet was hit by outrage porn a decade or so ago and it’s still tortured by every day’s flashiest new headline. Like Eminem’s Trump-insulting freestyle rap has taken the spot for today. People will talk about it for a few days and then move on. Our existence is almost like a Black Mirror episode. We’re getting there, slowly but steadily.

Hustle porn is outrage porn’s long-lost cousin. It’s as useless but ten times more cringeworthy. Instagram is swarming with quotes, written in bold text, plastered over photos of men in suits, cars and whatnot.

You can find the “I’d rather hustle 24×7 than slave 9 to 5” quote everywhere on the internet.

Then you have the videos telling you how to live like CEOs. Half of Medium is overflowing with articles on productivity. Who can forget the “10 Big Secrets No CEO Ever Tells Anyone”. But this writer somehow managed to find it and is now an Amazon Bestseller. 

Not all of it is ill-intentioned though. I mean, these and more are just telling you to get up and start working, right? So it’s a good thing.

However, it stops being motivating after a while because now instead of doing whatever you should be doing, you’re watching videos on the how to hustle correctly, how to be like a CEO, how to read like them, how to complete books in 1 hour, how to blah blah and more and you’re doing all that while feeling like an absolute failure.

It gets worse. I know people who like and share these images and videos compulsively but have absolutely nothing to show for all the hustle they are allegedly doing. Most people are trying to be CEOs of their little worlds and that’s fine but as Mark Manson opens his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, he says just two words – “Don’t try”. I have reason to believe

I was one of these people too. At first, I felt like my life was in control. It was control which I had never felt before. Then, I started losing control of my life and somehow I was skipping conversation with family to write a blog post. Something was wrong and it was clearly in the media I was consuming.

Perhaps, it is time to stop watching the videos or reading the articles and actually doing the stuff you want to do. Perhaps, it’s time to prioritize. You don’t need to read a moral every day for the rest of days to understand or implement it. Instead, you just internalize it. Something about consuming less, creating more comes to mind.

Here’s a simple reply to all hustle porn and those who are making more constantly.

We get it. We understand. Thank you. Let’s all actually do something now.

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Deepansh Khurana

Blogger and writer from Dehradun, India. I'd say I love coffee but don't we all? I find stories, people and experiences. I blog about them.

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Deepansh Khurana

Blogger and writer from Dehradun, India. I'd say I love coffee but don't we all? I find stories, people and experiences. I blog about them.

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