How I Create My Own Hustle!
Posted on January 20, 2017
A close friend of mine, Diem Brown, who passed away last year once told me that if I wrote a book describing how I create my own hustle, she’d be the first to buy it. Whenever I write or speak about this topic, I always smile remembering that conversation.
I think I’ve always had a bit of a relentless side. Growing up, I didn’t like to hear the word NO. I always tried to turn the NO into YES. Ironically, the same girl who used to nag her father to take her to Disneyworld is now nagging CEOS and executives to listen to her pitches. When I was younger, I was always told I had a lot of potential and I felt that too. I didn’t know what kind of potential I had or how to tap into it – I just always felt like I could do something, something really cool.
My first boss after college was powerful. She was fascinating to watch because when everyone in the office was having a slow day or signing out for the weekend – she was always busy. We never had a slow moment in the office. She made sure of it. I watched her make things happen for many years.
I think the combination of my relentlessness as a child, the need I had to tap into my potential, and the experience of watching my first boss become so successful was how I found my hustle. Here’s a few ways that I create my own hustle:
- Use the Rejection as Motivation. When I get told NO, I use it to find a YES. I let it propel me to find a partnership that does make sense or a business deal that will go through. Do I always find the YES right away? Of course, not.
- Crank Out Good Work. You can talk all day about your to-do list and how much you have going on. At the end of the day, if you don’t have good work to stand on, it just doesn’t mean anything. It’s my job to recognize when I’m talking instead of doing and get back to work.
- Cease All Complaining. There are so many frustrating things that happen in business, every single day. Even on the really good days, something usually goes wrong. Instead of complaining about these things that tend to go wrong, just take a deep breath, and find a solution. Challenge yourself to stop complaining about work for one whole week, I promise, it’s harder than you think.
- Prioritize Urgent VS. Important. There is always work to do and you can argue that the work is always important. But what about urgent? What are your urgent priorities? Separating your workload can help you sort through all of it and start to get your hands dirty. Sometimes when your list is too long you can’t begin to get your hustle on and sift through it all.