NOTE: This is a modified excerpt from my upcoming book, Hustlers & Seekers: How To Crush It And Find Fulfillment Without Losing Your Mind.
You have an inner Hustler inside, the whatever-it-takes, ambitious dreamer inside —who’ll chase their dreams full tilt at 100 mph.
You have an inner Seeker inside, the reflective self that yearns for meaning, solitude —and doing the crucial inner work of healing the past.
And guess what?
But they want most, above all else, a sense of emotional freedom —from the past, from future worry and to release the shackles of limitation.
And the truth is, the highest form of this freedom happens when:
We’re making progress, pushing our growth, harnessing our creativity and striving to bring something to life.
(What we’ll refer to as Hustling.)
We’re reflecting, taking time to do the inner work, heal our past and create states of deep peace and inner calm.
(What we’ll refer to as Seeking.)
But there’s a problem —each side believes it has all the answers.
And those who follow one dominant path tend to believe this too —which means they miss out on the sweet spot of ultimate growth.
In fact, they tend to stay separated when they could each use one another.
- Hustlers gather in conference rooms and coworking spaces, making grand plans for world domination using their tools of choice: whiteboards, dry-erase markers, flip charts, and high-energy EDM creating a repetitive soundtrack acting as the pulse to fuel their relentless drive.
- Seekers gather in similar rooms, but they’ve ditched the chairs to sit cross-legged in lotus position. The tools of choice are a meditation table, ambient music, Buddha ink, and obligatory bear hugs upon meeting strangers. They hold eye contact past the second it starts to get uncomfortable.
As they stay separated, they tune one another out.
What each group fails to realize is they’re in neighboring rooms, next to one another, ultimately chasing the same things.
They remain divided by context, but not desire. Separated by aesthetic, but not objectives.
Worst of all, instead of learning from one another in a way that benefits all, they stay disconnected.
Where the hustlers could use seeking to overcome stubborn plateaus, invite new perspectives, or, you know, take a day off…
The seekers could use hustle to turn insight into action, and ideas into tangible growth.
But they don’t.
And the reason is simple: they’re believing the cardinal myth —that they must pick one or the other.
So, let me ask you:
Do you consider yourself more of a Hustler, or a Seeker —and how can you use the other side to grow?