Long Live the Hustle

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Last updated on February 11th, 2024 at 07:06 pm

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the work that we never hustle to reach the goals we set out in the first place.

What’s Your Dream?

It all starts with a dream. A notion. An idea.

After work, I caught a quick bite to eat with Sean Ward, an old buddy of mine, and he told me the big secret to getting where you want to be in life. To paraphrase:

Keep throwing things out there into the world, and eventually one will stick.

When he’s working on his projects, he’ll share shots and videos of the works in progress so people can get a good idea of what he’s been up to and where he’s going next. It’s not so much a humblebrag or anything of that nature, but rather it gives him the fuel he needs to keep producing and moving forward.

The Dangers of Thinking Too Much

This connects back to the original point—we might have unique ideas. We might have lists of things we want to do but never get around to doing them. Why?

At dinner, I called it an “idea backlog”. I’ve said countless times, but life is the sum of our experiences. And the more experiences we have, the broader our understanding of the world around us grows.

Here’s a look at mine:

So what do you think will happen to an idea you’ve just left sitting around in your head without doing anything to make it more real? That’s right—it will only grow in scope and scale until it seems unattainable, leaving you too overwhelmed to start!

And no one wants to be stuck with a great idea but no hope of ever making anything of it, do they?

And So, We Hustle

In the end, you need to be less worried about where you should start and about people stealing your ideas and more about never starting in the first place.

Don’t know where to start? Start somewhere. Doing something is countless times better than doing nothing.

Afraid someone’s going to steal your idea? Take what they did and do it even better. These days, we rarely remember the one who did it first—it’s whoever did it best.

Stop giving yourself an easy out. Stop giving yourself excuses to rely on and do stuff.

Get your hustle on. What’s the worst that could happen?

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