For Those Who Want To Stop Hustling One Day

Bassam Tarazi
3 min readMay 2, 2023
Hamster on a wheel.

My wife has hijacked a mantra I say to myself before doing something uncomfortable. “Mongol Rally.” Conjuring up the memory of the almost 10,000-mile journey reminds me that — whatever I’m currently facing — I’ve done hard things. I will get through this.

I say she hijacked it because while I might say it to myself before a trek, a speech, or a marathon day of travel, now she says it to me when I’m whining about going to another store when I’m hungry.

“You’ll be fine if we go to West Elm first. Mongol Rally.”

Finding out the edges of our mental and physical capabilities can provide levity, perspective, and calm in everyday stressful situations. That board presentation isn’t so hard once you’ve given a talk on stage.

But the danger of finding that edge is when you mistake your capacity to do something with the need to normalize it.

Unfortunately, this happens all the time when it comes to how some folks approach their work.

Even after all of the supposed self-reflection of the pandemic, I have a bunch of coaching clients who are still stuck in a perpetual state of “go” because they once discovered that they could push themselves to crazy limits.



Bassam Tarazi

Financial Advisor. Traveler. Author Burrito lover. Avid Leaper. TEDx Giver. Copiously curious. Regular blower of minds.