The rural versus urban hustler: Who’s coming out on top?
SEE ALSO :The loneliest hustler in the city ...The rural hustler’s upbringing has also made them tough – they had no choice, from milking cows, to planting and harvesting crops in all sorts of weather conditions, they learnt the science and art of persistence. When they go to urban areas, what urbanites think is hard work is bliss to them. The urban hustler’s world view is shaped by the media, while for the rural hustler, it is shaped by reality. The other big difference is that urbanites live in a protected environment, with gates, security guards and often househelps. This often limits their persistence and softens them. When it comes to hustles, urbanites are choosy, while rural folks are not. This allows them to experiment, and increases their chances of success.
SEE ALSO :Should we mourn the end of humanity?Urbanites have better connections in the job market, which reduces their propensity to hustle. Rural folks are on their own. They’re displaced from their familiar environment into urban areas. This challenges their thinking, just like with immigrants to other countries. Few will say this out loud, but most urban centres are run by rural hustlers. Remove them and the centres, including Nairobi, will collapse. From cooking to guarding and other hustles, rural folks run the show. The accent In the olden days, hustlers went through school and made it to higher echelons of society and left behind their hustling background. But their accent often betrayed them. That’s becoming rare. Higher population growth and slow economic growth has meant that hustling is now a way of life. It used to be a choice. Will rural folks retain their competitive advantage?
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