Why Hustling Isn’t The Answer If You Want To Scale
Hey there Corporate Misfit!
Before you continue reading, you better be in a comfy position to give your full attention to what I have to say right now.
No joke, but this is gonna be a pretty long and bumpy read (that is obviously worth your while *wink*)!
Well, are you ready?
You better not be multitasking while reading, girl! I mean, the main purpose of this post is for you to quit hustling after all, right?
So let me guess, you’re a self-made and developing female entrepreneur.
Or you’re probably thinking of getting out of the 9-5 routine to “follow your passion” and be that boss lady you’ve always dreamed of!
This spiel might be all too familiar because you’re sick and tired of the soul-sucking employee hamster wheel that you’ve powered through for a long time.
You’ve finally found solace from watching solopreneurs “crush it” and reaped their rewards without ever running on that cycle again, EVER.
You know that deep down, you have what it takes to be at the same level or even more successful as them!
Well, honey, here’s the somewhat ugly truth...
Female entrepreneurs more often than not find themselves resenting their business in the long run.
In fact, you might even find yourself in the same hamster wheel but one that’s infinitely bigger and soul-sucking of your own making.
The culprit? Well, it’s the famed and overrated hustle culture.
You’re probably thinking, “But Brittany, I escaped the 9-5 routine for my business.”
Well, did you? Or are you working yourself to the bone from 10-14 hours a day?
Building your business from scratch, learning the frustrating techie stuff on your own (that takes years for professionals to learn btw).
And making multiple trial and error attempts just to keep your “passion” afloat?
Let’s face it girl, if you’re nodding along, then we both know that you’re not doing so good anymore.
Sure, you can continue this workstyle and do everything on your own until you reach “success,” but at what cost?
You see, here are the hard facts:
According to the Gallup Wellbeing Index, 45% of entrepreneurs have experienced more stress in their work-life than other types of workers.
In another study by the University of San Francisco researcher, Michael Freeman, about 49% of entrepreneurs suffer from at least one mental illness due to their unhealthy work-life balance.
They may fall to depression, substance abuse, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, as well as other conditions like Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular diseases.
And yet, the “rise and grind” mindset still persists.
Everyone seems to glorify the “beauty” of hustle culture from sleep deprivation, consuming too much coffee in a day, and being cooped up in your computer all day long without breaks.
On top of that, social media also made us believe that there’s nothing wrong with this lifestyle; in fact, it’s even ideal!
It’s as if the true measure of success is dictated by how much you are burned out.
Let me be the first one to say this to you hun, ruining your health for the sake of running your biz is in NO WAY justifiable.
Trust me; I know what it’s like because I’ve lived through it.
You see, like yourself, I also wanted to break free from the 9-5 and pursue what I do best.
I used to believe that I’ll just have to work hard for it, right?
When I started my own e-commerce shop, I went all out!
Go to these trade shows, sell my physical products to local stores, network like crazy, put myself out there on different platforms, keep traveling for 20 weeks straight, stay up all night to package, and get ready for the next grind.
I fell into the trap of working from the good old 40 hours a week to 84 hours in the blink of an eye.
And I was thinking, there’s nothing wrong with this, right? I’m just a busy person pursuing my passion!
But on top of all of that, I also took on more responsibilities later on.
People were going to me for help, saying I’m good with strategy, and why don’t I try this out as well?
I was like, of course, I can do that (even if I already have a LOT on my plate).
So you see, I became a community leader helping people that suffered domestic abuse and finding ways to raise money for them.
Which is honestly great, but when you’re working for 84 hours already, you’ll feel like a ticking time bomb.
I felt like if I don’t work harder than ever before, somebody will beat me to it.
I’ll lose out on all the other opportunities. If I sat still, then I’m lazy, and that means I’m not accomplishing something in my life.
I. Have. To. Keep. Moving. Or I won’t be successful at all.
Girl, I believe that you know this all too well. You’ve probably experienced the gist of this also, or even more.
So maybe you’re wondering, what did I do next?
One day, I was so exhausted that I sat on my couch doing nothing. I told myself that I should just get caught up with sleep because I already did a lot.
But here’s the worst part.
After that break, I went back to that same lifestyle! I went back to work by 4 AM and go to bed by 2 in the morning.
And again, I ran out of energy, I lashed out to my spouse, and I ended up on that same couch, sitting still and doing nothing.
I got to a point where I needed to see a therapist because I needed to get my life together! I need to fix what’s wrong with me.
Burnout was never in my dictionary before, and I didn’t know I had it until my therapist told me so.
This time around, I took a break. And that lasted for three years.
Yes, three years. I’ve driven myself to the ground running my business for three years, so it’s like my body also needed that much time to recoup.
Now, girl, I don’t want you to see yourself on that couch too exhausted to move a finger as I did.
You can either keep powering that same hamster wheel to the point of burnout or go at a much reasonable pace.
You see, you have to redefine what success means to you.
For me, I stopped tying it to the notion of overworking for long hours.
I am successful when I’m taking care of my body.
I am successful when I’m not neglecting my relationships but nurturing them.
I am successful when I’m not letting my life pass by me, and I get to enjoy it in the moment.
Not on the weekends, not on a mini-vacation, or a month later. But NOW.
There’s nothing wrong with working hard to achieve your dreams. But you have to stop trading your time for money.
I started to rediscover myself as an online coach and strategist this time, but I know that I have to let go of other responsibilities even if I didn’t want to at first.
If you’re like me before, you probably fear delegating tasks. What if they mess up? What if they’re just wasting your time?
But you have to let go of this need to control.
You have to embrace the fact that you can’t do everything on your own, not by a long shot.
Start identifying tasks that you can delegate and what you think can be done even better by other experts.
I started to take that leap of faith, and now I have a healthy lifestyle, working from 25 to 30 hours a week, sometimes less than that, depending on how my body feels.
The key here is that I have built a team of my own that allows me to live my life as I want while still scaling my business.
Sometimes, I find myself falling into that same dreadful routine, but I catch myself quickly and start to realign.
I’m working through overcoming burnout every single day, and it’s only possible because I have a team to depend on.
This is the solution that I can share with you.
The only way to scale your business without compromising your life, is by delegating your tasks.
It may seem daunting at first, but believe me when I say that it will spare you the suffering I experienced as well.
Why not go ahead and start doing that now versus finding yourself years later or months later sitting on the couch, not moving.
But I also know that outsourcing isn’t a one-way street where you can just post a job listing, get a highly qualified VA on the go, and you’ll be finally set up for life.
No, it’s not that easy.
Let’s face it; outsourcing demands trust and a LOT of work.
You’ll have to go to freelancing websites, pay expensive memberships for them, and on top of that, you’ll have to sift through hundreds or even thousands of potential candidates!
Of course, it doesn’t end there; you’ll have to factor in how they’re going to be paid, train them to be well versed with your business, and everything in between.
If you read all that by now, you might be thinking what the point is, right?
Well, here’s the deal. This is why I did everything in my power to create something to help you out.
You won’t go to all the trouble of finding the perfect VA that actually cares for your business.
You won’t be stressing over the basics of outsourcing and maintaining it in the long run.
I’ve put all my efforts into accumulating what I learned through the years to help female entrepreneurs, online coaches, and course creators like you to work smarter.
You’re not just going to be successful with your business; I also want you to experience success in every facet of your life without the draining pull of work.
Honey, let me introduce you to the Misfit VA.
Rather than working every weekend, you get your Sunday-Funday back. More time with family and friends. Plus, you can actually go to bed worry-free.
Finally, breakthrough the daunting and frustrating task that has kept you from growing and scaling your business.
Focus on the money-making functions that allow you to stay in your zone of genius.
Imagine having a team member who has extensive training and is highly experienced working with coaches, consultants, and course creators in the online world.
Actually, don’t imagine.
We’ve spent over $10,000 on training in sales funnels, automation, course creation, converting landing pages, copywriting for sales pages, video editing, and have purchased software programs.
This means you can be sure that you hit the ground sprinting rather than wasting time training.
This is precisely what I needed even before I burned myself out, and I believe that you also deserve to not go through that terrible experience.
Don’t go back to that hamster wheel!
You don’t have to hustle your way to burn out just to be successful.
Start delegating your tasks, and let us help you throughout the process so you’ll be able to thrive and enjoy your life with your passion.
One last thing, before you go…
Please make a promise to yourself and me.
Even if Misfit VA isn’t for you, and you don’t click the button to join…
Promise me that you will NOT go back to “hustling” and being a Yes Woman trapped in that dreadful hamster wheel again.
Stop wearing yourself to the point that you’re starting to resent your business.
I think it’s high time you finally do more of what you love rather than stressing over other tasks that block your zone of genius.
Honestly, that’s all I really want for you...
You shouldn’t be settling for less than what you deserve in this business! I hope you had fun reading this Corporate Misfit, and I dearly wish that you’ll be thriving soon enough.