A few years ago, the word hustle really became a buzzword. It was everywhere. I joined a Facebook group that was all about hustling on your goals and dreams and it was life-changing for me. People wrote about hustle, they made videos about hustling, and I even wrote a book with the word hustle in the title!
Then, as all trendy things do, the word became hated. People (usually ones who call themselves “influencers” which makes me roll my eyes) stood up and proclaimed why they would no longer use the word. You’ll notice this happens a lot with social media. Something becomes trendy and then people decide to write about the opposite to get clicks and likes and comments. People posted about it on Facebook and oh how the comments came rolling in. The crowd rallied together and screamed out – no more hustle; just let us live our lives! Shocking I know.
I get it. It seemed like all anyone wanted us to do was hustle until we gave up in exhaustion. We felt like losers if we weren’t hustling. Hustle on what? We didn’t know. We just knew we better be hustling on something, post about our hustle, and then we would feel great about our lives! Maybe the hype got the best of us and I understand why some people revolted but I’m here to tell you something.
Hustle isn’t a bad word.
Here’s how I define hustle – putting in the work to make something happen. That’s it. Plain and simple. Stuff doesn’t get done unless you put in the work. Dreams don’t become reality unless you hustle. Goals don’t get accomplished when they’re left on a list. They get crossed off after you put in the work – after you hustle. Are you supposed to hustle 24/7 every freaking day of the year? Of course not! You need rest, you need fun, and you need balance in your life! But if you want things to happen, you gotta hustle. It’s what separates those who talk about stuff from those who actually make it happen.
If you have a goal or a dream or simply a to-do list that never gets done – can I encourage you to use some hustle this week? Put in the work. Take small steps that lead to big strides of progress. What I know in my own life is that every single one of my goals became accomplished because of hustle. And when you put in the work, others take notice and start to wonder what they can do in their own life. So yes, just as my book says – the world really does need your hustle.
What is one thing you can do this week to hustle toward your goals and dreams?