According to bestselling author Jefferson Bethke, the hustle is killing us. It’s sapping us of meaning, purpose and our health.
In his new book To Hell with the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World (Thomas Nelson), Bethke provides readers with helpful ways they can shift their focus from the hustle of overconnectivity to living a life that’s full of purpose and meaning.
“We as humans aren’t meant to float in space,” Bethke writes. “We are meant to live with our feet on the ground, so to speak. To be attached and connected to something that can anchor us in the dirt.”
‘But because of unrealistic expectations, most of us are building our lives and families on the moon, and we’re floating off into space without realizing it.”
In To Hell with the Hustle Bethke offers fresh insight about how millennials are so driven toward achieving a high level of success that this generation is facing burnout, depression and loneliness in record numbers.
“Our culture makes constant demands on all of us,” says Bethke. “Do more. Accomplish more. Buy more. Post more. Tweet more. And in following those demands, we have indeed become more—more anxious, more tired, more hurt, more depressed, more frantic.
“What we are doing isn’t working because we have forgotten the fundamentals that make us human, the things that anchor our lives, providing us with roots and meaning.”
Bethke delivers an important wake-up call to embrace the slowness of life. He encourages readers to stop doing and start becoming by proactively setting up boundaries in their lives and cultivating disciplines within them.
Bethke reveals that what the world teaches us to avoid at all costs—things such as silence, obscurity, solitude, and vulnerability—are the very things that can give us the meaning, depth, order, and the richness we are truly looking for.
To Hell with the Hustle is for anyone who wants to get off the soul-crushing treadmill that’s driving them to lead lives that are physically and emotionally toxic, and take the path that offers stronger relationships and greater well being in every area of their lives.
“The hustle won’t give us what we truly want,” Bethke says. “It’s what we are looking for anyway. It’s time we stopped fearing it so much.”
To Hell with the Hustle will be available for purchase on October 15.
About Jefferson Bethke
Jefferson Bethke is the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and It’s Not What You Think, who became an overnight YouTube sensation when his four-minute video, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, went viral across the digital world, garnering some six millions views within three days of its release. Since then, the movie short has been viewed by more than 34 million people around the world. Bethke and his wife Alyssa host The Real Life Podcast each week as well as help run Family Teams, an online initiative to help families flourish. They live in Maui with their daughters Kinsley and Lucy and son Kannon.