Despite possessing the single most unfortunate title in approximately ever, struggle porn – wherein entrepreneurs give concerning views about work and creative thinking – is wildly popular on social media at the moment. For those lucky enough to avoid it, the closest equivalent is those motivational quotes you see about working hard on Instagram – only, struggle porn suggests that you have to struggle to do well.

But why should you dodge this message like it ate out of date garlic? Look no further.

It’ll Better Your Outlook

Not every project has to be a complete struggle the whole way through. While it’s healthy to push yourself to improve, struggling often means you need help. Struggle porn encourages the idea that if you just put every waking moment into something, it will always work out – and, tragic spoiler alert, that’s not strictly true.

Realising that asking for help can be just as helpful to your project – and you – is an important lesson to learn. As much as trying your best is a creative thinking skill, so is learning where your limits are. Even Da Vinci collaborated with people to improve himself – so don’t consider it a personal flaw to seek assistance. You’re not giving up – you’re becoming a creative badass.

It’ll Better Your Work

So, fun fact; work isn’t just about working hard. Good work involves effort, sure – but the idea that that’s all it takes is more than a little silly.

Firstly, struggle is often the clearest sign that changes need to be made – it’s creative thinking 101. Change gives birth to innovation, and so you shouldn’t be afraid to make changes when things aren’t working ideally. While struggle porn suggests this is a failure, it’s actually the exact opposite – because you’re learning what works.

Also, working a million more hours than you need to on a project isn’t going to make it better – it’s going to make you worse. Work fatigue has awful health implications, not to mention the negative impact it’ll have on your work. Governmental research has found your peak performance involves taking breaks – so take those dang breaks.

It’ll Better You

While it’s important to work hard at the things you love, that shouldn’t be ruining your life outside of work. Spend time with the people you love, enjoy your hobbies, live. Even if your idea of fun is just staring at a brick wall for ten hours – make time for it. Hobbies encourage creativity, and they give your brain a pause so it can go back to work invigorated.

Your life inside of work should be as fulfilling as your life inside of work – for your own sake, as well as for your work.