3 Reasons That Grinding While Side Hustling Is Fun
As you may or may not have noticed, side-hustling is really the only path to financial freedom. Many authors and humans that have attained freedom from the daily grind do in fact still work, they just work on their own terms. This is essentially side-hustling your main hustle. If that sounds counter intuitive it is because it is. Here are the inconsistencies I just produced:
- Financial freedom = needing to work for money still
- Side hustling = main hustle when you are financially free
Apparently there comes a point in your life where if you save a ton and work super hard that you will no longer need to save a ton or work super hard. This time arises because of a few reasons; mainly that you now have savings and you are getting old and tired. You may not want to do a full time grind job anymore, and also you don't need as much income because you have a decent passive income stream and have lowered your monthly expenses as low as is comfortable. Herein lies the side hustle dilemma. You do not have enough money to never work again, but you do have enough money where you no longer need to work your butt of 50 hours a week with a horrid commute on either end of the day.
Enter the side hustle: active income to offset ~30k or more of income a year. This side hustle can take up to 50 hours a week sometimes, but hopefully your average duty cycle will hover below 50% utilization and no commute on top of that. Why did I pick 30k? it is slightly arbitrary, but to put it into perspective if I was to assume the risk free rate of return hovered around 3%, then 30k of income every year would translate to 1 million dollars sitting in a savings account where you would collect the interest at 3% a year.
This phenomena translates into this: If it takes you 15 years to save a million dollars in cash, then you could opt to 'retire' 15 years earlier if you made 30k a year with your side hustle. At a certain point in your career you would jump at the opportunity to earn 30-50k just working 20 hours a week. Where that point is is up to you personally, but I bet many people would not work an extra 15 years to save that extra 1 million just so they wouldn't have to work on anything ever again. I think most savvy and intelligent humans would opt to lower the stress level to prolong their longevity and relevance in the eyes of the world.
So without further adieu, I present the 3 Reasons that Grinding while Side-Hustlin' is kind of cool while the ideas are still fresh in your mind:
1: You make money
This (kind of) goes without saying, but if you are working a full time job and working a hustle on the side, your income must be fairly good compared to only doing one or the other. Maybe we sound a bit self centered and greedy but I will just out and say this right here: Getting paid is fun. Not the work part, but the getting paid on the reg part. Especially when you feel like you have earned it by putting in long hours and stretching the limits of your capability. This is one of the times when something that feels good can actually be good.
2: You learn and grow your limits
Sure, working 50 hours a week with a commute is bad enough. So bad sometimes that you feel like this is really all you can do and it is even pushing on the edge of unsustainable some days. The thought of starting a job on the side seems super far fetched at that point. Where have I heard this before? Oh that's right, the human mind is incredibly adaptive and will generally find itself in a rut unless it is challenged. Much like the human body, when you demand more from it, it will deliver.
What do you do if you want to lift more weight? You train harder or smarter. Your body adapts and now you can lift more weight on the reg. This is the same with work. You will realize that you do not absolutely need a couple of stiff drinks and 3 or 4 hours of quiet time when you get home every day. You should be able to train yourself so that some fruit juice and weight lifting will take you all the way to 10pm working hard at least 2 weekdays out of the 5 with no ill side effects. Many people because of youth and inherent mental stability can work every night even when they get home after a hard days work and still be a a-ok for a while. Don't believe me? Try it - you could be leaving hours on the table and getting nothing for them.
3: Your helplessness and anxieties start to shrink away with your flabby feelings and tiresome emotions
There are good side effects related to all kinds of personal improvement and side hustling is chalked full of them. You feel more capable almost immediately once you realize an extra 10 hours a week of work doesn't even phase you any more. It allows you to plan things and leave less time on the weekend for being lazy. What's even better is you know deep down in your biceps that you don't even need down time. You are now a lifeless heartless machine that requires only calories and lifting sessions to crush work nonstop. You are the alpha, and damn sure you're going to be the omega when the time comes. You finish what you started and start even more while you are finishing stuff and it turns into one big cycle of increasing power and by the time you realize what you are doing it is too late to ever consider being anything less than a super human robot devoid of weakness and overwhelmed with capability and excess bone crushing strength while shunning any sentient thought that you can detect and ascertain as the slightest bit impure by comparing it to your own bionic perfection and endless wisdom.
Ok so maybe I went overboard a little bit there. At a high level you need to realize that when side hustling you are going to enter a zone where the necessity of continued habitation at a desk job is brought into question regularly. And that is a good thing.