hustle annoying business term cartoon

(Hustle is an annoying business term and is just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)


A dozen or so posts ago, you learned about grind – a misused word meant to describe the unequalled dedication of most of today’s hyper-entrepreneurs (everyone’s an entrepreneur today, right?).

Like grind, hustle tells the world the user is always working; always moving; and always focusing on their goals. Their commitment is so great that it’s not enough we simply notice it. No, they’re compelled to tell us how much they hustle, and how they’re always hustling.

But, hustle (by itself) is not enough for those who are truly crushing it, is it? No; hustle must be preceded by an octothorpe to create a hashtag – even when their hustle details are shared somewhere other than on social media. (Steve has a colleague who includes #hustle as part of his incredibly annoying email signature.)

#hustle tells the world they’re unstoppable because they never stop working… never… ever.

Except, of course, to post on social media about how much they’re hustling, right?

Here’s a hint: People who are truly hustling; truly grinding it out; and truly crushing it, don’t stop to tell the world about their hustle, their grind, or how they’re crushing it. They just do.

Replacement phrases: No replacement phrase needed; just actually hustle, and the results will show.

See also: Crushing It; Grind; Go-Getter

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From TheManager