How do you know when it’s time to step back, take a “time out,” or stop the hustle?
There’s no spreadsheet or matrix or formula to give you the answer, but I think you know it in your gut.
And even then, there’s probably a part of me that wants to say, no, this is just “the dip” — keep pushing.
If you’ve been following along with my public coaching series, you know that Wellington has been working some insane hours at his day job. He’s carrying enormous pressure on his shoulders, routinely putting in 60-70 weeks.
Beyond just limiting the time he has available to work on his side business, the stress of it all has been negatively impacting his job performance, his health, and his relationships. I think we’ve all felt similar situations where we just feel trapped.
Where we left off, we’d just recorded an emotional and vulnerable call with the help of Dane Maxwell from The Foundation. It wasn’t the conversation I anticipated when I set it up, but the feedback on the episode was powerful.
After I recorded the conversation with John Logar (from yesterday’s episode) on pre-selling software, I immediately sent the raw audio file over to Wellington. I figured the story and the tactics would be motivational and get him pumped up.
The response I received was not what I expected:
“I’m going to be very candid about this with you. My life in general has been in a downward spiral for some time and I’m not sure how to pull out of it. To that end I need to either fully or temporarily drop out of side hustle coaching.”
And he went on to share some of the very personal ways things have been going lately, all stemming from a demanding and toxic relationship with work.
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In this episode, which is just 14 minutes, I put forth the idea that it’s OK to hit pause. That we all have seasons in our life and it’s not always “hustle time.”
(And that’s not the same quitting.)
The timing will never be perfect, but there are definitely better times than others. Sometimes to have to take stock of your situation and priorities and cut out what doesn’t fit, or what doesn’t align at the moment.
In this case, recovering health is the first order of business. I let Wellington know that I support him and care about his well-being and his success. And that Side Hustle Nation does too.
And I understand this is a paradox where the sensation of being trapped comes from. You can’t stop the hamster wheel from spinning because you depend on it; but at the same time you need to or you’ll never get off it.
I don’t know that I have the answers; this was difficult to record.
How do you decide when it’s time to take a breather? How do you balance health and hustle? How do you take time to pause when pausing seems impossible?
If you have any insight from your own business, or words of encouragement for Wellington, please be sure to leave a comment below.