Disclaimer: Let me just begin by saying if you are happy, none of this is for you.
If you take the entire weekend off and play at the pool, That is what you need to do! There is an enormous amount of conversation around the hustle and work-life balance right now. Let us set the record straight: Working hard should NOT be put on a pedestal. It should be understood that it can help people who are upset and complain.
Because your work ethic and your drive is not predicated on your zip code.
Everybody thinks they are hustling and straight to your face, 99.9% of you are not. Everybody has time. Stop watching fucking House of Cards.
The thought of people saying, “Well, America is an entrepreneurial paradise” Is the same conversation that is happening within the US to be great in tech, You need to be in San Francisco, And let me just remind everybody that Facebook was invented in Boston.
There are so many people worrying about their circumstance, Their zip code or if they will be accepted by their peers. Do not have the fear of losing trumps the excitement of victory for you!
To us, Hustle means putting all of your efforts into achieving the goal at hand and that means making every single minute count. People like to claim that they work hard, but they are just not putting in the hours to win. A lot of people go home at 6. It is just not enough. So listen, You need a break? Good. Take your break, But the bottom line is, Every minute that you can apply to your game, You need to.
Executing from 9 – 5 like they teach you in school is not going to work if you want to be number 1. It is going to lead you to a place where you are not going to win. Your talent is not enough. You have got to put in the hours and stick to the grind.
Real Hustle is deploying your energy in an actionable way toward the pursuit of your goal.
You have to define what you want and why. Then you need to take actions in pursuit of that “What” or “Why” and be able to explain why you did the things you did. Hustle is really working, Day in and day when no one is looking. It is about what you did from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.
Did you watch the latest episode of House of Cards? Did you eat lunch with your friend? Did you take 2 hours to respond to email? Did you call your girlfriend from 7 – 8. Did your 3 meals take up 2 – 3 hours of your time? Did you walk your dog?
If you are honest with yourself, a lot of you will find that you really did not work that hard. All and all, most people in a traditional 9 – 5 work 3 – 4 hours a day. They take lunch, Check email, Spend 20 minutes on Facebook here, 30 minutes on Buzzfeed there and have two 30 minute meetings that could have been cut to 5. It is just the truth.
You are all spending time on things that simply do not matter. And if they matter to you, Then fine, But please do not complain about what you want or could have, Because an enormous amount of people are spending an hour or two on things every day that are not achieving anything for the goal that they are chasing. Your actions have to map your ambitions.
Work harder. Your talent just is not enough.
If you want bling-bling, If you want to buy the Jets like Gary, If you want to have fancy clothes, Then you need to put in the work. It is the cost of entry. It is the only variable you can actually control. You can not control where you are from or how much money your parents had when you were born. You can not control what neighborhood you are from. The only thing you can control is what you do with your time. As a result of the internet, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, there are soooo many more opportunities for you to make something happen. Nowadays you can literally work from your phone. You do not need to have an office, or a job to get moving. You can work from anywhere, Anytime, for FREE.
The Hustle is simply putting it all on the line. It is really tough! Hustle is waking up the day before you die and realizing you gave it your all: The parenting of your children, The building of your businesses, The philanthropy that you wanted to do. Whatever you wanted, It is about going all in. In both theory, strategy and execution.
Stop watching and keep working. Hustle is the only activity of success.
Today is Your Day.
Win All Day.