The Side Hustle Issue: You Can Do, Make and Be More

The Side Hustle Issue

Thankfully the apprentice programs in most companies have evolved since I was an unpaid summer intern following my sophomore year of college. I wasn’t being paid anything at all to be a writer then, so I suppose you could say that donating plasma for $55 a week was my actual day job. That was enough to afford ramen noodles and frozen pizza while I slept on a buddy’s couch and went to work for free every day trying to build what I hoped would become a career.

The writing, truly, was the side hustle. But I followed my passion, stuck with it and created a life around it. In time, writing became the day job. Some years later I grew into an editor, which has created opportunities to explore other passions I never even knew I had.

That’s the thing about having a side hustle you care about. It demands that you push yourself, and you never quite know how the process might improve you and in the process change your life for the better.


Our side hustles promise lives of purpose for us all. This issue is dedicated to the ways they help us grow.


Our cover subject for this issue, the dynamic Jay Shetty, offers another example that following a keen interest down the rabbit hole is sure to change your life in ways you can’t yet imagine. Jay was a listless college kid who fell into a side hustle of observing the happy habits of monks, which has transformed him into one of the world’s most passionate advocates for their timeless strategies for achieving contentment and feelings of purpose.

Our side hustles promise lives of purpose for us all. This issue is dedicated to the ways they help us grow.

In it, we unveil the new-look column by Amy Anderson, “The Side Hustler,” meant for anyone balancing a personal business on the side of a straight gig or family responsibilities—anyone looking for a complete life, in other words. The rest of the issue is filled with stories meant to help you be more productive and better understand and appreciate the opportunities at hand. The stories in the May/June issue of SUCCESS should establish the confidence that you can domake and be more.

Life is much more than a job. Life is much more than any one aspect of your experience. Life is much more, period: It’s happiness, health, growth, purpose and your pursuit of success.

We’d better hustle.


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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
Photo by @mppllc/Twenty20.com

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Josh Ellis is the editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and DallasCowboys.com. Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

1 Comment

  1. Naveen Bommakanti on April 6, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Such a great inspiration 🙂 These thoughts define everything about a real hustler… To push beyond the boundaries and evolve with a rapid phase… Thank you so much 💯✨

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