Long Live the Hustle

Last Updated: October 6, 2020

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

What’s Your Dream?

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

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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

Which connects right back to the original point — we might have unique ideas. We might have entire lists of things that 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 now, 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 that you’ve just left sitting around in your head without having done anything to make it more real? That’s right — it will only grow in scope and scale until it seems unattainable and leaving you too overwhelmed to start!

And no one wants to be stuck with a great idea but no hope to ever make 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 just do stuff.

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

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Get Busy.

Human beings aren’t meant to multitask, but we live in a world that demands it of us.

Way back when, we used to be focused; if you were a farmer, you’d toil in the fields from sunrise to sunset. Blacksmiths  would work in their forges, singularly focused on the task of reforming metal into armour, weapons and whatever else was needed.

This is not the world of today.

At any given time, I find myself balancing

  • my marriage
  • my 9-to-5
  • Project: Mansformation
  • learning whatever I can to be successful in my future business ventures
  • working on content for the various side projects that I have on the go
  • band practice
  • keeping up with social media and a social life
  • family
  • many, many other things

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been singularly focused on anything for ages. We are  a busy people!

Due to this — and the fact that it’s next-to-impossible to plan much on a computer without your attention being diverted elsewhere — it’s good to periodically unplug yourself and get back to basics.

That what I did when I started planning the layout for the website for  Project: Mansformation, one of my upcoming initiatives: 

The idea board I put together to plan the layout for the Project: Mansformation website
Sometimes chart paper and post-it notes are all you need….

Sometimes you’ve just gotta close the laptop (or get up from your desktop — do we still use those, or is it passĂ©?) and switch gears.

You never know —despite all of the tools available to us today, a few dollars’ worth of supplies and a little creativity might be all you really ever needed!

–case p.