Let's be honest. Everyone needs a little more hustle in their lives. You might be a student, CEO or entrepreneur--or all of the above! Either way, we're all looking to improve our hustle game. Here are three ways to get you on your way to working on your #HUSTLE.
The #1 thing anyone needs is asolid mindset. Mindset is the way we see ourselves, our world, and our place in the world. It's the mental model we choose to believe in before we even begin. Let's say you started a new job. Great! You're starting from ground zero and the only way to go is up. FALSE. If you believe this, you're already moving backward! Every day, start with the mindset that you need to hustle to earn the right to believe that you're moving up. This simple change will help you build relationships, become a lynchpin in your organization, and help you gain skills because you weren't complacent. Be curious, stay focused, and always stay hungry. Learn your new role so you can quickly find other things to learn.
#2 Find a problem; fix it.
Don't expect problems to come to you, go hunt for them. This happens all the time when I'm coaching clients who are looking for that next dream job. For example, let's say you're trying to get an internship or a job. If you expect to apply once and get it, you're wrong! You've got to hunt for it and not give up until you get it. Or if you have manager or boss and expect them to give you projects to keep you busy, you're not hustling enough! Observe everything you possibly can and be courageous enough to ask, "Can I try and fix this?" The world needs more problem solvers, not problem makers--so roll up your sleeves and get some skin in the game.
#3 Baby Steps
Remember #1? Hustle doesn't happen overnight. Find small things in your life to set yourself up for success. If you want to lose a few pounds, throw out the ice cream and read a book. If you want to write a book, wake up 30 minutes earlier and write 750 words a day. If you want to become a better public speaker, watch TED videos and study them like you're back in junior high. Although it's important to keep the big picture in mind, break it down and create rhythms in your life to make it achievable and rewarding. Hustle is about working on your mindset every single day. Don't give up and keep the end in sight.
I've been developing and improving my hustle game for the last two years. I'm not even close to where I want to be but I'm working diligently at it every day. I am working a full-time job as a Career Coach, working on my Ph.D., freelance consulting and speaking, serve at local non-profit every week, spend time with my wife and community. My rhythms and routines are critical to my well-being and success. Most importantly, I find time every day to meditate, self-reflect, and move forward.
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