The Power of Viewing Your Job as a Side Hustle

I came across an interesting idea from a friend yesterday, and now I’m relating it here. This isn’t exactly how I view my job, but I think it’s brilliant anyway.

Most people think they need to start a side hustle when they learn that their jobs aren’t helping them meet their goals.

They might be right. Starting a side pursuit – standup comedy, writing, an online business – can bring you a lot of the meaning, challenge, and wealth/time/connections that you might not be getting in your day job.

But you can take the power of side hustles one step further if you use the right framing.

You can start seeing your day job as the side hustle. 

If you know your life and your work should be focused on something else (even if you don’t know exactly what that “something else” is) other than what you are doing now, it’s entirely appropriate to take your work out of the number one spot in your life.

This is an empowering shift. Side hustles are always clearly optional. They’re done for pleasure/expediency/experience, but they’re never mandatory and you can always exit them.

Imagine if you started thinking about your job this way.

It doesn’t mean you de-prioritize your job in terms of the time and resources it takes to work well. It just means you’re reframing your work so that it holds less power over you.

When you get free of identifying yourself with your job, you can be more open to the possible “main hustles” which will come into your life. .


James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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