I Don’t Hustle

The word “hustle” is everywhere now! Everyone I know is talking about hustling, has hustled or is about the hustle in the near future—and in all honesty, every time I hear that word, it makes me cringe.

Defined by the all-knowing Urban Dictionary as: “Anythin you need to do to make money… be it sellin cars, drugs, ya body. If you makin money, you hustlin.” (the Urban Dictionary is too busy hustlin’ to use the letter “g”). Joking aside, one of the most commonly used definitions of hustle, until recently, is to fraud or swindle. What honest business person wants anything to do with a word that implies that?

When I hear the word “hustle,” my mind goes here:

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