“A black mug sitting on an office desk in Missoula with white writing which says "Hustle"” by Lost Co on Unsplash
  • Eliminate distractions: Your business isn’t going to build itself so identify the biggest time-wasting activities that eat up most of your time (while offering the least satisfaction), and eliminate them without mercy.
  • Focus: Ron Swanson’s said, “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” While you might juggle more than one long-term project at a time, I know you are an avid single-tasker who becomes possessed by the task at hand, sometimes finding themselves in a state of “flow” where time becomes meaningless.
  • Improve Daily: follow the “Kaizen” philosophy and strive to continuously improve every day. If personal growth isn’t pursued, you know it is awfully easy to find oneself living in a state of monotony, where progress stagnates and inspiration dies. yuck!
  • Think Big: don’t be afraid of pursuing an idea that is bigger than yourself. When stress or doubt clouds your judgment, take a deep breath and remind yourself, “If it was meant to be easy, everybody would do it.”
  • Play Chess: why? well because everybody else plays checkers. A hustler is an outstanding strategist who is capable of foreseeing every likely outcome of their actions, and are thus prepared for whatever possibility life might throw at them.
  • Embrace your Authenticity: nobody wants to work with a phony, so create a genuine emotional connection that is unique and special to every person you work with.
  • Fail Often: don’t stress out about making mistakes, because failure is the most effective teacher in existence. you are probably familiar with the Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If Thomas Edison was persistent enough to keep trying after failing over a thousand times, an effective hustler can succeed despite the occasional mistake.
  • Never Surrender: repeat this mantra, “You don’t lose until you quit, so don’t quit.” Success isn’t “quick” or “easy” for anybody, so let go of the need for instant gratification, and practice patience with the process.
  • Set yourself up for success by choosing an idea and hence a product, company, and team you care about.
  • Never lose sight of the big projects under your control and the company goals.
  • Think of your customers as family and friends, chances are you will work harder to make sure they are treated well.
  • Because I love lists, then I am telling you to make lists. Finish each day by creating a list of the 5 small tasks that you need to accomplish the next day. Then do them the next day. Each weekend write out the one or two big projects that you want to focus on for the next week. Both of these steps will help with the follow-through, which is one part organization and one part effort.

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