“To hustle or not to hustle, that is the question.”
I hope Shakespeare is not rolling over in his grave from my adaptation of his famous soliloquy from Hamlet.
Many people look at successful people and attribute much of their success to good luck. You see a man or woman with a multimillion dollar company and assume it was because they were really lucky. You see a great relationship and attribute it to them being lucky they just stumbled upon a great partner. You see someone with a great physique and assume much of it is due to great genetics.
As a society, we make comments like that because it absolves us of responsibility. If we can convince ourselves that they are where they are because of good luck, and we are where we are because of bad luck, then it makes us feel better about our situation because IT’S NOT OUR FAULT.
While there are places around the world that are void of the kind of opportunities I am talking about, if you are lucky enough to read these words on your laptop or handphone, you have the opportunity to create the life that you attribute to others as just being “lucky.”
It all comes back to the HUSTLE. While you are watching TV, other people are hustling. While you are sleeping in until 10 or 11 am, other people are hustling. While you are giving up after one try, one article, or one project, there are people writing hundreds and thousands of articles, attempts, and projects before they get “lucky.”
I was listening to Amy Morin on The Art of Charm podcast and they were discussing her article, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which went viral and many people thought she was just lucky but what they don’t realize was that she wrote thousands of articles before that one that did NOT go viral. What was the key? She hustled and continued to hustle.
Do you spend more time complaining and wasting time or are you in the trenches hustling?
Dr. Matt Westheimer