The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle

by Brett on February 8, 2010 · 162 comments

in A Man's Life, Personal Development

We get a lot of emails from men lamenting the fact that they feel stuck in neutral and asking for advice. Many of these men have great aspirations, but that’s all they have. Aspirations. Many don’t have any results to show for all their ambitious goals in life. Some are on year seven of a four year degree, and others are stuck in a job that’s going nowhere. Maybe you know a man like this. Heck, maybe you feel like this.

Unfulfilled goals, of course, can lead to frustration, depression, and just a general dampening of your man spirit, which only makes it harder to get unstuck. When we dig a little deeper into the lives of these “stuck” men, a few commonalities appear.

First, there are the excuses. “The economy sucks.” “I’m not naturally smart/athletic/gifted.” “I don’t have enough time.” You get the idea.

The second thing we often see is that they’ve just been doing the bare minimum to coast along in life. A lot of them think “showing up” constitutes real effort, and that the chips of their dreams will magically fall into place.

We usually respond to these gents to stop with the excuses and start busting some ass. Some of these men take the advice to heart and get going. The others often counter with another excuse and ask for another way that doesn’t involve so much work

These guys will never understand a very important truth: the world belongs to hustlers.

Now, I’m not talking about hustling in the pulling-a-scam-on-the-naive-newbie sense. (Although it never hurts to have a little Fast Eddie swagger). I’m talking about the work-your-ass-off-while-your-competition-plays-Rock Band kind of hustling. Hustling=doing whatever you have to do, for however long as you have to do it, until you reach your goal.

Teddy Roosevelt Hustled and So Should You

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” - Abraham Lincoln

Looking at the men that I admire from history, they all have one thing in common: they were hustlers. Theodore Roosevelt accomplished an insane amount of work because he lived the strenuous life, i.e. hustled. Thomas Edison patented thousands of inventions and perfected the light bulb because he spent all day hustling. Frederick Douglass was an orator, diplomat, newspaper editor and author because he hustled. And pretty much every self-made man has the same story.

The interesting thing is a lot of these great men who succeeded through hustling weren’t born with natural talent or abilities. In fact, they were usually dealt a crummy hand from the beginning of their life. T.R. had a sickly disposition that weakened him as a child and plagued him the rest of his life. He had to hustle more than others to gain and maintain his vim and vigor.  Edison was smart, but there were plenty of other men out there who were smarter. He just worked harder than the naturally smart guys and then hired them to work for him. And Frederick Douglass was born a slave, lived in a time of extreme racism, and yet still beat the odds because he hustled.

Here’s the deal. Most of us are average. Average intelligence, average athleticism, and average looking. And most of us have had some setbacks in our life that can serve as a disadvantage. In short, we’re pretty much on the same playing field as millions and millions of people.  And yet despite our average minds and builds most of us believe deep down that we are destined for something extraordinary, that we’re special. But most men really aren’t. But not because they’re average. Because they won’t hustle to get what they want.

A man’s reasons for not hustling run the gamut from laziness to fear of failure. I think a lot of time men think, “I want what that guy has but I just don’t have his x,y, or z.” But while we don’t have any control over the number of natural talents and gifts we were born with, we do have complete control over how much we can hustle. You can’t control where you were born, how crappy or nice your parents were, or how homely or handsome you are. But nobody determines how hard you hustle but you. Wherever you are in life, you can hustle to get where you want to be.

My Personal Experience with Hustling

I can personally vouch for hustle’s ability to make up for average and even below average innate talent. Two instances in my life stick out where hard-work and hustling paid off despite my weaknesses.

The first was back in high school. Like many American boys, I played football in high school. Genetics, unfortunately, did not bless me with natural athleticism. Starting off in 9th grade I was slow, fat, not very coordinated, and weak. Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of playing time early in my career. I was so bad that two coaches on the team made a bet with each other on who would be able to  turn me into a football player by my senior year. I didn’t discover this vote of confidence until I graduated.

But what I lacked in ability, I made up for with hustle. I volunteered to be on the scout team at practice as much as possible. I stayed after practices to work on my technique. I ate a strict diet in order to lose the fat and put on muscle. I busted butt in the weight room in order to get stronger and faster. I did anything and everything I could do to get better. It took three years, but I finally got to start a game my junior year. By my senior year I started every game and even earned some honors at the end of the season. Granted, I wasn’t a blue chipper, but that’s okay.

I remember after the season was over, one of the coaches that made the bet on me pulled me aside in the hallway and told me about his friendly wager. He then put his hands on my shoulders and said, “McKay, there are plenty of other guys on the team that have way more natural athletic ability than you. You’re not a naturally athletic guy, but what you lacked in talent, you made up for with hustle and heart. You earned your success.”

Two lessons hit home to me from that conversation. First, if you’re a coach/mentor/teacher/boss, take the time to pay a sincere compliment to whoever is under you. That conversation I had with my coach was a super confidence booster for my young, insecure self. And even though the conversation happened 10 years ago, it still has an impact on me.

Second lesson. Hustle works! It turned my un-athletic self into a decent football player.

Now hustle can’t turn you into Michael Jordan if you just don’t have the natural talent. But it will take you farther than you and those around you thought was possible.

The second instance of hustle paying off was my career in law school. I’m not naturally smart. Take a look at my Iowa Test of Basic Skills and every other standardized test I’ve taken since elementary school, and they’ll show how average I am. This was a source of frustration for me growing up because it seemed like all my friends were geniuses. I would study my butt off for a test, and they would waltz in on test day without even cracking the textbook, and still get a better grade than me. Frustrating.

Anyway, when I decided to go to law school, I made it a goal to graduate in the top 10 of my class. Pretty lofty goal for a guy who’d always ran in the middle of the pack.

I knew there were going to be some smart people in my class. Definitely smarter than me. My only chance at reaching my goal was to out-hustle everybody else. While other members of the incoming class spent their last summer of freedom hanging out and having fun, I was busting my butt reading study-guides and supplements on all my first year classes. Because your grade in a law class usually depends on a 3 hour essay exam, I studied and practiced how to write law essays that earned A’s. I continued hustling throughout my first semester. I had a study schedule that I stuck to like clockwork. I was at the law library from morning until night. I carried my law outlines and a deck of flash cards with me everywhere I went so I could study while I was waiting in line for lunch or walking to class. I went up to the library on weekends. I hustled as much as I could.

It was tiring, but in the end it paid off. When first semester grades came out, I was the number one student in my class. I was shocked. I had never been number one at anything in my academic career. I didn’t maintain the number one ranking throughout law school. But that’s because my second year I started the Art of Manliness. It required an incredible amount of work, so I couldn’t study quite as much. But I was hustling even more than before. I hustled with my classes. I hustled with my part-time job as a student rep with Westlaw, a legal research company. And I hustled with the Art of Manliness. And I wrote a book as well. I spent each day at the library from 9 in the morning until 9 at night with no breaks working on law school stuff. Then I would come home and spend several hours working on the blog and book. And then I would do it again the next day.

When I graduated from law school, I had become one of the top Westlaw reps in the country, grown AoM to thousands of subscribers, and wrote a book. And I graduated summa cum laude in the top ten of my class. I was tired. Really, really tired. But I accomplished what I set out to do. Because I hustled.

Turn Off the TV and Start Hustling

Now, I hope this doesn’t come off as some jackass, self-congratulatory, “I’m awesome!” thing. That’s not my intent at all. The truth is, I’m not that awesome. Like I said, I’m pretty average. Like most people, I have a lot to work on personally in order to become the man I want to be. My hope is that other men out there who feel stuck in an unfulfilling personal situation can see that it’s possible to do extraordinary things despite your averageness and even below averageness as long as you’re willing to hustle. And hustle hard.

If you’re tired of your crappy job, hustle your way into a better one. The economy is in the crapper and unemployment is dismal. You’re going to be competing with a lot of people for limited jobs. With all things being equal, the job is going to go to the man who hustles. Maybe you’ll need to go to night school in order to beef up your resume. Yeah, it’s going to be hard, especially if you have family, but it’s been done before. It’s just going to take some hustling.

If you’re tired of working for “the man,” start your own business. Most people that hear this bit of advice balk, because they think they have to quit their current job with all its security so they can devote themselves completely to building up their own business. But you can do both. Spend the day working your day job, but then moonlight with your own business until you’re established enough to quit your corporate job. You’ll have to hustle to get to this point, though. You’ll have to forgo a lot of sleep and spend your evenings and weekends working. No more 30 Rock or Monday Night Football or playing Command and Conquer 2.

If you want to do something more out there like become a professional blogger, writer, musician, ect. than you’re really going to need to hustle. Ignore the “get rich quickly with minimum hours” gurus out there. Take a page from a guy like Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library.tv. He recommends blogging way into the night, until your eyeballs bleed. That’s really what it takes. There are no shortcuts in life no matter what you dream of doing.

Whatever your goal is, you can accomplish it if you hustle. I know you can. I’ve seen it in my own life and in the lives of men around me.

The World Needs Men Who Hustle

Things are pretty rough right now. We’re facing some big problems that are going to take a lot of work to solve. We need men to step up and be leaders in our communities and families. We need more entrepreneurs to start small businesses and employees who bust butt to help get our economy going again. We need men who hustle.

So many aspects of our lives have speeded up from fast-food to the internet. So much of the world is now only a few keystrokes away. We don’t need to break a sweat to see what’s happening in China. Having the world at your fingertips is wonderful-what a privilege to live in this time. But we must vigilantly guard against “expectation-creep.” Expectation-creep is our ever increasing expectation that everything in life will come to us quicker and easier than before. That fortune and fame is only a google search away. While a lot of things in this world have changed, the need for hustle has not. The requisite brow sweat may be more figurative these days, but time, focus, dedication, and determination will remain the eternal principles of success.

So, here’s a challenge I’d like to issue to all of us: Let’s hustle more. I know if we all start hustling we can make things happen- in our own life and in the world around us. It won’t happen right away, but it will happen.

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101 Zebulon February 14, 2010 at 1:08 am

Start hustling? Who stopped? I’ll admit, I was a fairly large slacker in high school (2001), but since then it’s been nothing but work. Clawing my way to management in dead end jobs, graduating from college only to go back 4 years later (and pick 2 majors instead of just 1), buying “for dummies” books about multiple different skills, and overall planning EVERYDAY down to the minute as to what I’m going to do. I’m busting ass, and I know it’ll pay off in the end. Alot of this sounds like bragging. That’s because it is. I don’t think I’m awesome. I AM awesome, and I think that’s how everyone should view themselves as well.

102 Joel February 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I absolutely love this post! Thanks for taking the time to write this – very motivational.

103 Anup February 16, 2010 at 3:46 am

Awesome post.. Loved it.. Am a dedicated fan of AOM

104 rudy February 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Lawrence above nails it. Those who hustle without balance burn out quickly or have other problems. I too can empathize with the love the accomplishment / hate what I had to cut to get there. I was solely responsible for a design that made several million dollars, but I worked 110 hour weeks and slept under my desk.

Don’t just “work hard”. Focus on what you really want, then work towards that and plan time in there for recuperation and rest, and that can mean mindlessly watching a movie or playing Command and Conquer. If you don’t balance, then every time your body and mind tells you that you need a rest, you will feel guilty and depressed. That will get even worse when maintaining your relationship with your wife makes you feel guilty for the same reason. Don’t hustle at the expense of other things that are important – that’s what separates mindless, guilt-ridden Type As from real men that hustle smart and balanced.

105 Jonny | thelifething.com February 18, 2010 at 4:05 am

Couldn’t agree more. Great article.

106 Copper February 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Great article.

Reminds me of this quote…

“Men too often play with opportunity as a toy, and when their eyes are opened to see its value, lo! it has vanished. Many reach the margin of a glorious destiny and then turn back to the desert.” – Bishop Sheen

107 Rafael Volochen February 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Inspiring and honest.
As we see, truthful ideas never get old. More than two thousand years and the idea of “Fortes fortuna adiuvat” is still extremely valid.

108 Leah February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I am a singer/songwriter and dare I say, female ;), I loved this article and found it very exciting and inspirational. Some family, friends, and I have all been hustling and have begun to grow tired and weary. This article is just what the doctor (or universe) ordered to stay focused and remember to keep, keeping-on. NEVER GIVE UP! ;) I guess that’s what takes a person from ordinary to extraordinary, the willingness to do a little “extra”.

Thank you so much,

Leah

109 Michael Lupia February 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Brett,

Thanks for sharing. This article is as helpful as it is needed…and much needed it certainly is! My 20s are waning, and I am one of those guys that was has some natural talents that are going to waste. My life has felt lacking and coasting, and that just-enough-to-get-by status never felt fulfilling to me. I think hustle has been the missing ingredient for a while.

Thanks again for the perspective.

110 Jeff Rose February 22, 2010 at 1:33 am

I am really starting to love this word “hustle” because It’s so true. I think of the countless hours that I put into growing my financial planning practice. From cold calling all day and some nights, to begging people to join me for lunch seminars, working trade shows, driving to appointments that were hours a way….all versions of hustling that got me where I am today.

Along the way, I’ve taken a page out of the AOM founder and grown my blog from zero to one of the top personal finance blogs in less than 18 months and also currently working on my first book. All this while building a new home, having my second “manly” son and watching my financial planning practice grow exponentially. I have worked hard, yes. But most importantly….I hustle. I hustle often, I hustle hard. I hustle consistently. I hustle because I love it.

While yes, I see where it can be easy to get burned out, but what most non-business owners don’t realize is that when it’s your passion, it’s not work. It’s what you do. It’s what you know. For me, working on my blog is not punching a clock into “work”. It’s seeing my passion come to life.

Every man needs challenges and testing yourself to see what your truly capable of is a journey that every man should encounter.

111 Gary February 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

Excellent post! I’m going to make it our family’s topic-of-the-day. A must read for my brother-in-law, too!

112 Jake February 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

Well said, sir!

113 Roderic March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Also, men who don’t complain!

I wake my son up for football practice 3 days a week. I go work out with a buddy and he goes to football. Each day I wake him he says, “Man, I wish football wasn’t at 5am!” I said to him this morning. “Son, it does no good to complain about that which you cannot change.” I told him that, “Men don’t make a habit of complaining. When I was an officer in the Army, I could not complain or it would ruin the morale of my men. Sure it was rough in the field for months on end, rain coming down mixed with snow, little or no shelter, etc… I was as miserable as anyone else – but it was partly my job to keep a good attitude and be a motivating force for my men.”

This isn’t just the job of Army officers. This is the job of every man. This is true in a family as much as it’s true in the military, my community, my church, etc… I could not make the rain stop coming down on my men, my son can’t change the time his coach decides to work him out in the morning – but I (and he) can surely change how we react to those things and be a source of strength for others. This is true even if we don’t FEEL like such a fountain of strength on the inside.

It’s definately one time where you can effectively “fake it until you make it”. Put on a show of bravado. Make other’s envious of your ability to shrug off the dirty job with apparent ease, get up in the morning before the rooster crows and laugh at those still crawling out of their sleeping bags while you’re sipping your first cup of coffee. Your ability to do these things will inspire others to try harder and you’ll find that it gives YOU a secret boost as well.

114 Duncan MacDonald March 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I can’t add anything to this apart from my approval. Excelsior. So very, very true.

115 Kartik Rao March 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Great article!

But, if you end up hustling day and night, aren’t you losing out on life? You may miss out on some of the best experiences in life because you were too busy trying to make something of yourself. Worse, you may end up rich and successful and better than most men around you, but you’ll be a lonely and grumpy old man because you had no time to socialise or find that special someone in your life. I’ve heard many successful business men complain that they’re not able to enjoy the things they’ve earned because they’re too busy maintaining the empire they’ve built. They may have 10 cars in the garage, but no time to take a long drive. They may have beautiful houses across the globe, but can’t spend more than a week in each because of work. Is that really what you would want?

I suggest striking a balance between hustling and living a good life. Plan your day or week in such a way that a good part of it is spent hustling, but you’re also present at your friend’s birthday party or have time to take that cute girl at work out for a nice dinner!

Think about it. Life is not only about success, fame and money.

116 Mike March 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I’ve always had the big picture hustle mentality, but in recent weeks I’ve been lacking the day to day hustle attitude, this article was a great refresher and well written, I might add. As a contracted Army ROTC cadet at a Senior Military College juggling academics, ROTC, Corps of Cadets duties, being a student government senator, mountaineering, and trying to live a normal college life at the same time and effort run out quickly. This article has been a great kickstart to my week. Thanks guys!

117 Stan April 17, 2010 at 3:31 am

Great article and blog!

I just found this place and judging from the 1st article I read, I’ll be staying a while

118 Patrick May 9, 2010 at 12:09 am

Brett, you sir are a Man. And an inspiration at that.

Thank you for your hard work and Hustle. I’m planning on majoring in pre-law and then going into law school. And it is great to hear about the “key to success” through a person that practices what he preaches.

119 Miyagi May 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thank you for the inspirational post and reintroducing me to TR. I’m still new to TAOM, but I think I can get comfortable here. Thanks again and keep it up and so will I!

120 Ken Johnson June 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

The third T-shirt is a horrible reminder of the Communist hammer and sickle world domination theme that has reared its ugly head again with the present regime in power (and grabbing for more and more power) in the U.S. and its aim to increase the illegitimate power of the U.S. I suggest getting rid of it—it is NOT “manly” at all. It certainly does NOT capture the essence of the original importance of hustle article. It does NOT represent the idea of maintaining a manly posture towards the world we live in.

121 Jack July 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I got to start Hustlin’

122 JG July 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

Brett,

I don’t know if you will read this or, if you do, even give it a thought. However, your article here reminded me of some lyrics by the group Hatebreed. So much of their music is about hustling (more or less). Below is only a tiny fraction of the music they have composed. Sure it may sound like screaming and heavy guitar riffs, but, trust me, it gets you hustling!:

“What’s done is done and it’s time to start again
Can’t let it tear me in two waste me away
I gotta believe
Cause this is now
How can I change tomorrow if I can’t change today.
This is now
If I control myself I control my destiny.
What I’ve seen and what I’ve been through has made me who I am
There was a time in my life where I had no desire to carry on
I couldn’t see a place for me or a will to survive
I never thought to rely on myself or the beliefs that I have denied
But this is now
How can I can change tomorrow if I can’t change today
This is now
If I control myself I control my destiny
If I control myself I control my tomorrow
I got to change today
Cause this is now”

-Hatebreed “This is Now”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwDkcCEI7ao

123 Rich July 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

BRAVO…along with Einstien’s definition of insanity (“doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results”) this is really one of the most useful and inspiring articles I’ve read in some time. Basically, it tells the harsh truth…”the world doesn’t owe you anything past your first breath of air, after that, you gotta hustle for it”…and reminds us to get with it. I myself have almost always worked a full and part time job, gone to school full time and worked part time or worked and went to school full time. Right now, I work overseas sacrificing alot of creature comforts while working to get ahead (although I still manage my wet shaving with my Merkur…lol) and to make something more of myself than my current state. That plus hitting the Gym 4-5 times a week, reading to expand my mind, learning about investing, working to get recertified as a Pwersonal Trainer, coming on this forum, etc all in an effort to keep growing in all aspects of life. Shut up, man up and just do it.

124 Laronda Woliver September 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Neat ! can not acknowledge extra. Great Write-up!

125 John Doe October 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

I don’t want to hustle. Should I just kill myself now? I think you should make an article on that because I wouldn’t be surprised if other people felt the same way. I feel like I’ve been working hard all my life, with it oftentimes not being worth it except for the bleak glimpse of hope that I believe lies at the end of the tunnel. However that light has yet to be seen. I know that I’m just one of those “get-by” guys from an outsider’s perspective, but if I had to work harder than I do now to get better I would almost certainly become suicidal. With it being hard enough just to get by in these times, what is the meaning of life for a man?

126 Rick James October 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

“I had to hustle my back to the wall” – Jay Z

127 To John Doe November 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

I read your comment and thought you seemed desperate and deserved a response to your very meaningful question. I’m sure you have worked hard all your life, but perhaps the reason you feel it hasn’t been worth it is you are not working for the right things. Are you truly working for yourself and your own goals? Is that your main focus in life? Do you have clearly defined goals? A life is a terrible thing to waste by not having an achievement in one’s mind that one works for because it is what he truly wants. That is your “light at the end of the tunnel”. If you don’t have a personal goal or achievement in mind that you work for, then you’ll never find true happiness. If you don’t have a mission that is 100% yours, then your life will always lack meaning. Find your mission Man. Find your mission.

128 Another To John Doe November 17, 2012 at 3:17 am

To John Doe above.

I also have an answer to your question. Hustle is only half of the equation. The other half is ‘what you are hustling on’;

By this I mean you need to be hustling doing the right things. So before you hustle you need a workable plan.

Before you hustle:

1. Do the work and define exactly how you want your life to be. Where you want to live, with whom, doing what. Be clear about this.

2. Get a plan for accomplishing the goals above. Take time to make this plan. Model others who have accomplished this. Make this plan detailed and precise.

3. Hustle. Notice the results you are getting. Alter you plan accordingly, continue to learn and study.

4. Repeat step 3 above until you have what you want.

129 denis November 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

please help me ,i need advise also.how can i get a job please .have tried almost everything.

130 Chris December 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I just re-read this post from a few years ago. Excellent post and so true. Well done Brett.

131 Justin Torresdal January 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

This is great! I’ll be the first to say I’m lazy and have mostly just “gotten by.” Aspiration is just dust in the wind if you don’t have the gumption to get up and physically manifest it!

Another suggestion for JOHN DOE. Try going for a walk outside. There is another AoM post on here about “faking it till you make it” where you just physically get up and do whatever it is you want to do, and then your mentality towards doing it changes afterwards. Worked well for me!

132 Joshua Tan January 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

The world needs more blogs like this. Thank you for laying it out plain.

133 Alex April 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I think it’s important to note, that while there is no cutting corners if you want to do something right, that you should still work efficiently. For instance, if you’re learning to play an instrument or really any skill, work on your technique to make it perfect, no matter how slowly you have to do it. Then speed up. If you want to play a guitar solo, play it slowly and accurately and speed up once you’ve managed to do it right. Efficient practice is so important and will make whatever skill you want to learn much easier and save you time. Don’t just work hard, work smart.

134 Andrew Ross Long (@DrewRLong) April 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Lincoln didn’t actually say that . . . it’s frequently misattributed to Lincoln.

Source: http://www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org/Newsletters/5-3.pdf

Not sure the provenance of the quote. It’s a good once, but it wasn’t Lincoln.

135 Patrick May 21, 2013 at 5:00 am

I know it’s been said, but this article is great. I have read it numerous times, and will continue to read it over and over again. Thank you for everything you’re doing Brett and everyone at AoM.

136 Dan June 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Badass article, looked up something on hustling because I’m strange like that maybe and it gave me nothing but goddamn trickery, pool, cards, gambling…yea thats all cool and all…its like that guy who once told me, “Work smarter, not harder”….”Work smarter and harder”…thats a real challenge…Because at the end of the day, if you weren’t smart but you were working hard, all your gonna be is tired thats what my pops said…The struggle is beautiful, if you made it out of hell then you can do anything, just as long as you move forward and dont look back….its all about learning…you spoke about Thomas Edison “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that wont work” do you have the balls to start?, do you have the commitment to stay with it?, do you have the guts to come back from failure?

137 Shari July 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

Hi, thanks for writing this! I found it to be very motivational and inspirational. It actually made me happy to read about someone who has a ‘balls to the wall’ kind of way about them. I’m in a situation where I feel like I want to do more, but am trying to figure out how to go about this.

138 Jonathan July 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

This article is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Your work is very inspirational and never fails to educate and give us all that kick in the rear that we sometimes need. Thank you!

139 brendan August 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Just found this post and it’s still so freaking relevant. I’m a massive fan of hustle, Gary V, and all of this. So glad I found your website. Great work!

140 Willy August 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

To me it is all about my inner hustle, I drive “me”, all day every day. I’m influenced by others (hugs, art, heart) but the drive comes from me. As a solo artisan blacksmith, drive, “hustle”, has to be internal, from the heart and loin. I get up every day wondering what I can do to amaze…ME.

141 Kevin Hernández August 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

Really inspiring post. Thanks!. Greetings from Venezuela :D

142 Nick R October 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

I am a generation Y European who like many of his generation can be a little idle.

I realized that all the men I admire were often 50s generation men who were all hustlers.

As a European my biggest inspiration for behavior is Alain Delon, who in his youth was the definition of a hustler.
He got everything in his life coming from absolutely nothing.

Just look at these pictures and you can see a man who was the definition of a hustler in his youth: http://alaindelon.tumblr.com/

143 James October 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Loved the article, appreciate the advice, sincerely.

144 Mark Olivito November 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Great post! HUSTLE is one of the more critical traits to life success. And guess what? It is also very hard to “train”. You can teach skills, you can’t teach hustle.

145 Marcos November 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Would just like to say thank you for this article and for this gem of site. Great work.

146 Kathrina December 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Great article. I enjoyed reading it, and I agree that the world needs more of the ones who hustle! Thank you for this article. Peace.

147 Snehal Masne December 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

I absolutely love this post! Thanks for taking the time to write this.

Surely I am gonna hustle more! :-)

148 Nathan January 2, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hustle CAN turn you into Michael Jordan. He got kicked off the HS team. He would practice for hours after every session.

In this world of energy and possibilities, if you dedicate your all to a goal you can accomplish it.

149 francis January 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for the blog,it.kindles my life ,I was about to sell my business ,I see now that I can make it again

150 Ryan Kuchel February 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

Love this article, couldn’t agree more.

The more and more I hustle I see more success that others can’t comprehend, when I’m not exceptionally talented or gifted at much at all.

I see ordinary guys who are now out making a name for themselves, all because they hustle there ass off, while the losers back home make snide remarks out of envy.

Simple concept but brilliant. Hustling should be taught as a class to every teenage boy in high school.

151 clifford danco March 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

its all about hustling & having clear intentions. Great article!

152 Kevin Szczepankowski March 12, 2014 at 1:10 am

Fabulous! Very inspiring and motivational! Well done, my friend!

153 Tyler March 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Great read, so lately I have been trying to hustle more, in the process I find myself staying at the library more. What did you eat in college when you were at the library?

154 Austin April 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Love this post, Hustling is everything!

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