It’s OK to Stop Hustling

For all those suffering from self-help exhaustion and achievement guilt …

Fiona Cameron Lister
6 min readOct 9, 2023

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Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash

There’s nothing like a motivational video to make you feel inadequate.

My feed is full of shouty people lecturing me. I bet yours is too.

First off, they tell you you’re not earning enough. You should be on $1million-a-year by now for God’s sake. This sorry state of affairs is very easily remedied by buying a course on becoming a one-person brand, finding your tribe, publishing atomic essays on social media about the minutiae of your life and automating posts on X (Twitter). Then just turn these into courses telling people like you how to make a million a year and there you have it.

If your body is letting you down in some way then there are plenty of people who will share their wisdom on exercising more, eating better, and using mind power to cure yourself. For example, I am trying to heal my inconveniently injured right hand by using my willpower, commanding my body to get a grip and become a wellness-making machine. For good measure I am applying comfrey and potato poultices and listening to healing meditations. I am clearly not trying hard enough, judging by the negligible results, but I will do better.

Harnessing sun power to bloody-well heal my hand! Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash

Did I mention manifesting yet? If actual work isn’t producing the goods then you must write a shopping list to the universe and demand that nice things arrive. This is quite hard as you need to focus and place yourself in a constant state of receptive expectation. I am currently manifesting possession of a medieval Tuscan farmhouse with a collapsed roof located just a few miles from our perfectly fine farmhouse with a complete roof. I keep forgetting to do my affirmations which is probably why we haven’t bought it just yet, but our fridge has a picture of it in its ruined splendour to serve as a nudge to the universe. Because remember, if manifesting doesn’t work, you are at fault. You are missing something out, or including too much, or trying too hard, or not trying hard enough. There are many wise people online who will tell you what you are doing wrong and help you part with some cash…

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Fiona Cameron Lister

Experienced British writer/editor/mentor in Italy | MWC semi-finalist| Loves words, history, humour, unusual subjects| Contact: fcameronlister@gmail.com