“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”- Abraham Lincoln
Greetings Family! I come to you today to discuss what it is to have a “hustler’s mentality.” As I reflect on my recent visit out-of-state, I think about all the great accomplishments of my friend…From him owning businesses, to his fleet of luxury vehicles. Oh, and I can’t forget about the Mini Estate that he is blessed to call his home. This made me think about the mentality of a “hustler.” What differentiates a hustler’s mentality from that of an average person? Let’s start with the definition of a hustler. According to Dictionary.com, a hustler is ” an enterprising person determined to succeed, go getter or ” a person who hustles.” But again, what it is about a “hustler” that separates him/her from others? Is it something in their DNA? Have they taken special classes to obtain these skills?
What I do know…
Many of us have taken classes and workshops on entrepreneurship, But only a select few go on to utilize those skills to open businesses. So it isn’t the knowledge. It must be the DNA. It has to be a unique quality that is instilled in a person from birth.
Entrepreneur.com lists 13 Characteristics of Successful Hustlers. I have listed the top 5 reasons below…
1.) Hustlers understand the importance of networking. “You will never be successful hiding in the corner and keeping to yourself.” You need to constantly be out there networking, with other entrepreneurs and industry contacts.
2.) Hustlers are laser -focused 24/7. “You have to eat, sleep, and breathe whatever it is that you are focused on accomplishing.”
3.)Hustlers genuinely care about helping other people. “Many people have the misconception that those who describe themselves as hustlers are swindlers and they can’t be trusted. When you help others, it often comes back to you tenfold in the form of business relationships and opportunities.”
4.) Hustlers aren’t afraid to take risks. “They aren’t afraid to take a risk, no matter how high the odds are stacked against them.”
Can you become a hustler?
Upon returning home from my trip, I was IMMEDIATELY motivated to hustle harder. I saw with my own two eyes that it is possible to be young and successful. Many of us aren’t born with a silver spoon in our mouths so we must work, grind, sweat, and fight to get where we want to be.
Unfortunately, we don’t all have the “hustle gene” in our DNA. If you are blessed to have that trait, it is undeniably pronounced. No matter how hard you try to fight it, it will not go away or let you give up! I know I have what it takes and so do many of you. Now all we have to do is… HUSTLE!!!!
Quote to live by:
“If you do not JUMP, your parachute will never open…so you are safe! But you will never soar! You got to JUMP!” –Steve Harvey
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