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Episode #032

Hustle Culture, Workaholism & Toxic Productivity

At ikario, we make people the most productive they've ever been in their lives through our classes and products. And we're pretty damn good at it.

But how much is too much? Does there come a point when productivity becomes toxic to your life? And when is that point?

A few hundred years ago, not working was considered a status symbol and a sign you belong to the aristocracy. 

Now, it's the other way around. We're seeing the "hustle" or "grind" used as an attempt to signal one's social status. 

In this latest episode of the ikario podcast, Shane & Ollie discuss the recent rise of this hustle culture and the dangers of falling into the habit of toxic productivity.

In this episode...

Some of the points covered in today's conversation:

  • What is toxic productivity & why does it happen to so many people?
  • The common occurrence of toxic work cultures - and why it's so harmful.
  • Why has hustle culture emerged - is it a mating signal?
  • How quick success through extreme hard work is extremely rare - unless you are the founders of Stripe.
  • The illusion of productivity - why most of the work you do is disposable busy work  (especially if you're working 14 hours a day).
  • Why the amount of time you work is not a good indicator of productivity and effectiveness.
  • The excellent problem our Focus & Action students had when we helped them finish more work by Tuesday than they usually got done all week.
  • The "High Performance, Low Tension" concept and how to get more done while you are relaxed.
  • What's Shane & Ollie working on in their own personal development at the moment?
  • Would Shane rather fight 100 duck sized horses or just one horse sized duck?

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Over to You

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Oliver Cowlishaw

About the author

Ollie is an avid pizza connoisseur, accomplished drinker of coffee and lover of soul music. Heavily influenced by Zen & eastern mysticism, his curiosity regarding the human experience is insatiable. Despite having a strong vocabulary, he swears a lot and uses slang phrases ("ollie-isms") that almost nobody understands, not even himself.

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