No matter where you turn, people are always telling you to work harder in pursuit of success, but the reality is that it can be just as important to take time off from your work, and nonstop hustling can be detrimental in the long run.
Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix
Everywhere you look, people are encouraging you to work harder, but there is more to life and success in music than grinding yourself to death.
The world is full of lies, and the most hurtful are often those disguised as advice. Motivational speakers and authors everywhere have spent the past several years speaking about the need to work harder. “Do more of what you love,” they say. “You have to want it more than anyone else.”
Working hard can lead to success, but there is more to life and having a career than working around the clock. The CEOs of tomorrow are not necessarily the people working eighty-hours a week right now. The innovators who will lead us into the future are not pushing themselves to the point of exhaustion every single day. Hard work plays a part, sure, but it is not the entire story.
When you speak to people in positions of power they will tell you that taking time off can be as beneficial as working long hours. The human body has limits. You can only do so much and come up with so many ideas before you hit a wall. You can push yourself beyond that point, which many do, but such behavior produces diminishing results.
In this episode of Music Biz, host James Shotwell tells us about the dangers of living a ‘hustler harder‘ lifestyle.
James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.