NOTE: This is a sample from Hustlers and Seekers, my brand new book that is available for pre-order now.
What I’d realized is these people were living as Hustlers or Seekers.
They’d planted a flag in one world that came with a prevailing narrative, a set of beliefs that may have been “working” to the outside world, but how are we defining working?
Conventional hustling and seeking both reach a point of diminishing return.
When spending more time and energy in one world not only lessens the benefits one receives, but starts doing more harm than good:
- Hustlers add more work and intensity, shifting into overdrive, only to experience anxiety, stress, and a one-way ticket to Burnout, USA.
- Seekers add more space, self-care, and insight gathering, only to tip the scales of detachment and be bursting with wisdom but zero tangible results.
Is this working?
A glance at our culture’s busyness trap, plummeting engagement, and increased burnout makes it clear—it’s not.
69% of workers are disengaged, and two-thirds of employees have dealt with burnout. Entrepreneurs are worse: according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 72 percent are affected by mental health issues compared to 48 percent for non-entrepreneurs.
On the flipside, Americans write a collective check to the tune of $14 billion for personal growth, mindfulness, and spiritual guidance every year.
Consciousness is now mainstream and a mainstay in people’s budgets. And yet, we’ve never been more anxious, neurotic, and overwhelmed as anxiety affects 40 million adults in America alone.
There has to be a better way.
Instead of continuing to slam the accelerator in one direction or the other, these sides must coalesce.
By coming together, they create a radical shift in perspective. They infuse each other with precisely what going past the point of diminishing returns cannot.
In other words, the right Hustle can amplify Seeking; the right Seeking can amplify Hustling. In this place, the Messy Middle is replaced with a sweet spot where you can extract the best of both worlds.
Once I removed the jargon, the ‘tells’ from each world, it hit me like a splash of ice water to the face—both sides want the same things.
The quest and application of high performance and mindfulness are the same. Stripped naked to their core, at their most essential, they’re vying for what we all crave:
Once the cute social media quotes, Sanskrit tattoos, and fist-bumping mannerisms are eliminated, we recognize the truth.
Both sides are on the same highway with one clear destination: growth.
Both desire the thrill of heart-thumping progress. Both have an endgame to feel alive. Both are trying to find themselves, create meaning, and connect to something palpable.
Ultimately, both want freedom: from the past, their upbringing, the shackles of limitation.
These worlds aren’t contradictory opposites at all; they’re complementary.
It is their approach, the how, that differs. At their most essential, they’re equals. And what’s missing in their quest isn’t more of the same. They need something else. They need one another. They require contrast—the ability to gather insights and perspective—from an unfamiliar place.
Here’s the rub: both sides miss out if they’re unable to integrate one another.
By having a compass in the future we’re aiming for, we’re able to be more present today—and by being more present—we’re able to not miss here for there . . . which oddly enough increases our chances of getting there!
That was a mouthful, so I hope you’re still with me.
The mindsets and strategies from Hustle expand your spiritual or “being” life. The right practices and commitment to Seeking boost one’s performance, creativity, and “doing” in professional life.
Not only can these two worlds coexist, but they must.
That was a short sample from my brand new book, Hustlers and Seekers —and I can’t wait to share it with you.
What did you think? 🙂