Working Dad Calls for End to ‘Hustle Porn’ in Relatable LinkedIn Post

People who regularly log long hours to achieve a career goal are praised in our workaholic culture. They’re seen as “hustlers” focused on success (if they aren’t already calling themselves that on social media).

As a Chicago-based dad’s post on LinkedIn reminds us, that type of thinking leaves the rest of us who want some family time feeling inadequate.

“I don’t want to be Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Elon Musk,” began a post by IT strategist James Thornburg who has five kids, according to this profile.

“I want to put in an honest day’s work and be home by 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. so I can eat dinner with my family,” he continued.

“I like to sleep to 6 a.m., sometimes 7 a.m. or later.

“Am I lazy?

“Is something wrong with me?”

He appropriately ended his post with the hashtag #endhustleporn. “Hustle porn,” a term Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian coined in 2018, is the idea that “unless you are suffering, grinding, working every hour of every day, you’re not working hard enough.” Ohanian said it’s “one of the most toxic and dangerous things in tech right now.” After all, “hustling” too much can negatively influence one’s relationships and health.

James and others on LinkedIn clearly agree. Since being shared yesterday, the post has received over 1,000 reactions.

In the comments section, many assured the dad that he wasn’t in the wrong.

“Not lazy… [You’re] just living your life your way. Everyone has their own taste. It’s all about your individual taste and life philosophy. Why would we want otherwise?? I don’t find my time enjoying my family or wandering in the forest a waste or unproductive. To the contrary,” one user wrote.

Others shared their different opinions on what “hustle porn” actually is. “Too often the real hustle from the hustle porn crowd is to guilt employees to put in a few extra hours every day off the clock. Hustleporn= labor theft,” said another LinkedIn member.

But one user pointed out that not all successful people work around the clock. “You mentioned Bezos, but in fact he works 8-5 and gets eight hours of sleep every night. There were some articles about this a year or so ago. Personally, like mentioned by Bezos in those articles, I have about zero brain cells and will power left by 5 p.m. every day, so there’s no point after that.”

In any case, working parents can easily relate to James’ post. Why is it that industriousness is valued above all else? Trying to have work-life balance by making time for family and self-care deserves respect too.

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