Whether you’ve been with a company two months, five years, or an entrepreneur on the rise, there’s one character trait you must have to succeed. Hustle. Prior to experiencing a Gary Vaynerchuck Keynote in California earlier this year, the word hustle was just that. A word. Nothing more, nothing less. Hustle has now become my mantra.
Your hustle is everything you do in the interim.
When you pour your heart and soul into your work and focus all of your energy on reaching your dreams – despite your failures – that’s your hustle. It’s not the amount of work you completed that day at your 9-5 job.
When you find yourself losing sight of your dreams, settling for a paycheck, or going to work on Monday wishing it was still the weekend, you’ve lost your hustle. How can you find that fire within?
Find your passion.
As cliché as it sounds, if you are not passionate about what you’re doing, you are wasting that time making someone else rich. You will eventually resent the career you’re “stuck” in, and not live a life that satisfies your dreams. Yes, leaving your comfort zone to find your passion will create emotional and/or financial stress, but the reward will outweigh the risk.
Identify your strengths.
You found your passion, but that does not mean you can do it all. If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, you can’t also be the head of HR, accounting, and sales. You will run yourself into the ground and lose every ounce of hustle you had in the beginning. Find your strengths within your passion, and allow others to help you thrive. Letting go of control with certain aspects of your business is hard, you’ve put your life into your work, but you can’t do it all.
Know where you’re going.
If you have an amazing idea, invention, or concept, you still need a plan of where it will take you. Having a forward thinking mindset will help you prepare for potential failures, challenges, and successes. If you don’t know where you’re going, you might as well stay at your 9-5 job until you do. To hustle means to be five steps ahead of everyone else, and being aware of how far your passions can actually propel you.
Finding your hustle can happen over night, you just have to want it bad enough. “You gotta run more than your mouth to escape the treadmill of mediocrity. A true hustler jogs during the day, and sleepwalks at night.” ― Jarod Kintz
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