It’s no coincidence that those who work the hardest get the best results. Getting what you deserve in life requires vision, action, focus, and drive. It’s obscene to expect freebies, to be gifted goals and get coupons to supplement hard work. If you want it, you have to get it…and this is the overarching philosophy of a hustler. This is not the philosophy of the status quo.
Disclaimer: The term ‘hustler’ sometimes carries a negative connotation. At The Notebook, the word hustler (or hustle) is only used within context of high integrity and ethics. It’s my belief that operating outside of principle reinforced by integrity deflates the power that ‘hustling’ offers, yielding it pointless in the long run.
The Hustler Profile
Entrepreneurial-like minded, the hustler takes ownership of their aspirations and seeks achievement through action. There’s no limit, with all integrity, to a hustler’s effort to “make it happen”. It’s a mindset: hyper-focused on the bullseye (whatever that may be). Like a pit bull with his mind made up, a hustler’s approach is definite, tenacious and raises heads.
If ‘hustle‘ was defined in the light of an automobile, it would represent the engine’s horsepower. For those unfamiliar, horsepower is a unit of measure that defines the rate in which work can be done. Lazy folks have low horsepower …hustler’s have high horsepower. Laziness produces minimal results…hustlers don’t quit until they reach whatever results they’re after.
Being a hustler means something different to each person who claims the title. For myself, when I have a goal in mind, I see that goal as if I already own it. Subsequently, the goal is lost, waiting for me to find and capture it. This typically comes with a journey doused with challenging obstacles. I court the journey with my full attention; with every intention that I will find wrap my hands around it. And when I do – I embrace it…as one would after finding a lost pet.
Being a Hustler Is NOT for Everyone
Everyone isn’t willing to step up and work hard for what they want in life. Hustling is about work ethic – giving 110%. Everyone can hope for the best, but only the chosen few will acquire it. If you’re willing to take action and go after what you want – you naturally become appointed as one of the chosen few.
I want to be clear that it’s not all glorious. Being a hustler requires unattractive sacrifices like working instead of playing. While others sleep, you brainstorm … While others party, you network … While others watch TV, you research. What you’re after becomes part of your every thought. And when you want something that bad, it’s just a matter of time until it’s yours.
Sitting back, being reserved and hoping for a break will get you just that…a break (and not a big break like my man Marcus Sheridan). If you want success, you have to “will it into your life”.
Are you Willing?
A hustler courts reality as it is, in order to get what’s rightfully yours. You have to be willing to take the necessary steps to make it happen – it’s a serious sacrifice; but one yielding a positive ROI. The beauty is that the necessary steps aren’t defined, allowing you free range to utilize your work ethic, talents, network and other resources to make it happen however you see fit.
Your future is dependent on the present, not your past. Your talents don’t define what you’ll achieve; your work ethic decides that. Without a certain level of hustle – you’ll only fly as good as an ostrich…or would you rather soar through the sky like an eagle. I choose the eagle.
I am Willing!
One thing that rings true here is that I only write on topics where I have firsthand experience. I don’t create articles because I think a certain topic is good…that’s not enough. It’s a requirement that I live it; have failed and succeeded at it. I mention this because you may be wondering if I practice what I preach? And I answer: “Yes sir (and ma’am)!”
Like many of you, my schedule is jam-packed with activity. I’ll spare you on the list of things that I have on my plate…but I will share that as I’m currently writing this article, the clock reads 1:36 AM. And regardless of when I get to bed, like clockwork, I’ll be up and at it again at 5 AM. Why do I do this…because I want what I’m after that bad. I am a hustler!
DISCUSSION: Are you a hustler? How do you define what a hustler is, and how it sets you apart from the status quo? And finally, ‘hustle’ is within all of us, but do you think it’s for everyone? Please take a moment to share your insights to enlighten the community. Thank you!