a : dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine b : one who works or studies excessively
DRUDGE; especially : to study hard <grind for an exam>
These are the Webster’s dictionary definitions of the word “grind”. Unfortunately, this word has taken on a new meaning that goes beyond what is normally considered to be a “grind” and has supposedly lowered the standard (or heightened depending on your take) of what the word should mean. We see and hear it everywhere. “It’s Monday! Back to the grind!” “Man, just woke up, bout to get on this grind!”
What grind? You sir, are unemployed. Are you on a job search grind? Are you on an applying to school grind?
NEWSFLASH: Waking up in the morning and having to live another day does not qualify you for being “on the grind.”
Feel free to disagree, but I, for one, feel there are certain qualifications to being on the grind. A friend of mine and I were recently having a conversation where she was telling me of this guy who said he was now an entrepreneur… except he had no job. Let me spell it out for you: a GRIND is working towards a goal. A HUSTLE is something you do out of necessity to make do. This includes illegal “entrepreneurship”.
I am tired of people using the grind as a substitute for something that used to be commonplace. Don’t misunderstand me. That does not mean you are not working hard. What it means is that you are not doing anything else above the status quo for people in your same position. If you are a student and you are studying for finals you are not doing anything EXCESSIVE outside of the realm of normal student duties. Just because you have to go to class in the cold weather does not qualify you for a grind. It qualifies you to be another student. If you have to work your full-time job today, that does not mean you are doing anything EXCESSIVE that qualifies you for a grind, once again. These are the daily activities of life. We all must do them in some capacity but not everything you do is a grind. Point blank. It is partially just something called: responsibility.
Now, if you are going to school while working a full time (legal) job, you are definitely on your grind and shouts go out to you. If you are going to school while raising kids or taking care of sick parents, shouts also go out to you. These are not the only limited categories that qualify as a grind. Certainly, if you are starting your own business from the ground up doing innovative things or building on a framework set out prior to you, you can consider yourself a real entrepreneur and shouts also go out to you.
For those of us who are doing the basics, we are just working hard to achieve our goals. That does not mean that we do not deserve as much respect as those who (according to me) are on their grind. It just means we should not get the luxury of throwing the word “grind” around as if we are doing something earth shattering or groundbreaking.
My last comment and/or question: Do you ever notice how the people always on their grind are also the people with the most haters? Maybe they need to reconsider their grind because the grinders and the haters seem to run in the same circles. Real grinders do not have time to be concerned about your “grind” enough to hate on it.
Outro: Clipse – Grindin’