Most of my adult life, I have been called a hustler. I initially considered it an insult. That is because the only images I conjured up were of pimps wearing fur coats and platforms or scammers, not to mention Hustler is the name of a men’s magazine.
I Googled the word, Hustler. The first page contained the less positive, informal slang definitions. A line from dictionary.com said, “an enterprising person determined to succeed; a go-getter.”
I like that description. And here are a few more I thought of:
Hustler: one who …
• creates multiple streams of income
• free-lances his/her talent
• exchanges value for money instead of time for money
• scales what works
• collaborates to create win-wins
• doesn’t whine or complain about what is not working
• remains honorable and respectful of other people
A hustler is a tenacious creator. Hustlers think, create, learn from what failed (even though there really are no failures), and try again.
What about you? Are you hustling enough? Getting what you want from life?
Have you been able to match what you love to do with what you do well?
Put these two things together, and you are on your way to “hustlership.” My new word.
You decide how much you want to work for what you want. You decide how much meaning, purpose and fulfillment you want.
I like that it’s so simple. No, not as in simple to do…
but as in simple to understand that we get to choose.
It’s true that we have to be willing to grind out the work, but we each get to chose if we have the hustle!