December 29, 2020 3 min read

Hustle is one of the biggest business buzzwords on the internet right now.

We constantly hear things like...

"You gotta hustle 24 hours a day if you want to make it in business or in life."

Everyone talks about "hustling" like it's the answer to everything...

But it's not.

In fact, hustle is only half of the equation.

WHAT IS HUSTLE?

I consider hustle to be the drive to take care of the things you need to get done ... in order to make progress in your life.

By definition, hustle is great ... because you should be putting forth the maximum effort to achieve your goals.

But when it comes to business...

Everyone wants to talk about "hustle" like it's a bragging right.

Too many people use it as a way to say "Hey, look at how hard I work"...

And spread the bullshit idea that you have to work 90 hours a week to be successful.

Here's the truth...

Whenever someone tells me they hustle 24 hours a day and never sleep, I either think they are:

A. Very inefficient

B. Very ineffective

...Or

C. Full of shit

Let me explain exactly what I mean...

WHY HUSTLE IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE

People take the idea of "hustle" way too literally...

Always assuming that you need to work more is not the answer...

In fact, it's just flat out bad advice.

Yes, you have to work hard...

Yes, there are times when you have to come in early or stay late to finish the job or get ahead...

But it's not about the quantity of your time ... it's about the quality of it.

It's about doing things that make the effort you put out better & more effective.

The books you read...

The calls you make...

The emails you send...

The things you do to learn more about your industry...

And anything else you do to become more effective, more educated, and more productive.

That's how you make significant progress.

HUSTLE AND SACRIFICE ARE NECESSARY

While "hustle" is not the entire equation, it is still necessary to achieve success.

You have to ask yourself how much you're willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals...

Because if you're really looking to "hustle", and be effective with your effort...

You'll have to sacrifice a lot ... That's just the truth.

But most people who say they "hustle" also tend to be the first people who ask you if you watched the game last night...

Or the last episode of that TV show.

When you're truly committed to living an extraordinary life...

You have to understand that there's no such thing as "balance."

Your idea of "balance" should be this...

If you can give every ounce of your effort toward your goals and your future for the next 5, 10, 15+ years...

Then you'll be able to do whatever you want for the rest of your life, if you choose to do so.

DON'T JUST "HUSTLE" WITHOUT ALSO BEING EFFECTIVE

Remember ... "hustling" is not a bragging right...

It's not a high score for how many hours you can work...

Nor is it a commitment to skip sleeping to spend more hours "working"...

It's all about being productive with your time, and spending your time wisely, by investing in things that will make you more effective.

It doesn't matter how much you hustle...

What really matters ... are the results you produce.



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