Contribution: The End Game

How To Use Your Hustle To Get Everything In Life You Want

Learning to hustle harder from the roar of my son and his classmates
“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

Even if you don’t want to believe it your hustle is the most powerful lever you have in your ability to compete, move up and move forward, and used properly is a game changer.

Think about the best salespeople you’ve ever met or read about; the best leaders; the best athletes; the best inventors; the best at anything. The thing they all have in common is their hustle. Nothing holds them back from achieving and succeeding. Obstacles and setbacks are just learning experiences, events in their ongoing journey to be more, have more and give more.

Hustle is a combination of enthusiasm, skill and determination.

Hustle happens often while others are sleeping, flat footed and unaware, long before the crack of dawn. It’s found in the salesperson who practices tirelessly on product knowledge and sales techniques while his or her colleagues are squawking about the lack of traffic. It’s the leader’s endless reach into the minds of his or her employees to learn more about what makes them tick. It’s the athlete’s itch to wake up every morning, pre-dawn, to run, lift and workout. It’s the inventor’s perspiration in finding 10,000 ways that won’t work.

The funny thing is we all have it. We all have the ability to get up earlier and stretch our minds and bodies in some way. Whether it’s reading, rehearsing, engaging or inventing — or doing sit ups, push ups, or jumping jacks; we have the capacity to do something to improve the quality of life for our self and others, regardless of our income, status, or situation.

Is there really any excuse not to hustle harder?

“I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.” ~ Thomas Edison

When we hustle harder and stretch our minds and our bodies to be more, ultimately we can have more. And when we have more, we can give more. When we give more we make the world a better place. In the end, isn’t that what life is all about? Contribution: the end game; the more one contributes, the more one wins.


Hey there, I’m Michael, I’m a dad, writer, sales & marketing consultant, recruiter, life-long learner… oh and passionate Growler too. You can learn more about my services by visiting LinkedIn, and crawl into my stories right here on

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