Everyone can have a bad day at the office but there’s no excuse for not hustling
Hustling is about the fundamentals.
Fundamentals, by design, are limited. You won’t (shouldn’t) find a fundamentals pamphlet somewhere that’s 370 pages long. Hopefully it’s half a dozen or dozen basic principles to guide you to the most likely path to success in a given endeavor.
Two things matter most when competing: activity and skill. I won’t spend time on the latter in this post but will only comment that skill is something that can be enhanced i.e. coached up. Activity on the other hand is all hustle and the fire in your belly. It’s what makes you, you. Hustle for me, for better or worse, has been born out of pride and fear of losing. I hustle hard because the thought of not giving it my all doesn’t register in my brain. In other words, I return a 404 error.
I grew up with a father that often worked 18 hour days, 6 days a week for 13 years to support and provide for his family. He may not have known about the ins and outs of building and operating a medical devices company during a war but he hustled his ass off. The skill and learnings came with time but would not have been possible without the hustle.
Leaders can and should set the (hustle) tone for their teams. If you arrive late, leave early, deflect responsibility and partake in other destructive behavior, then your company/team has no reason to hustle and care.
Now I’m not advocating for not sleeping, not spending time with loved ones or not making time to eat a cookie. But I am advocating for knowing when to hustle hard. Otherwise why even do something?!
Hustle cane, hustle clothes or hustle music
But hustle hard in any hustle that you pick