“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln
I often find quotes from Abraham Lincoln to be the most inspiring. Not only was he a man ahead of his time he had the ability to communicate in a simple, honest way. The quote above is great example of his honest communication and one of my most favorite. This quote has also been on my mind as I have grown my firm over the last year. And I have spent most of the year redefining it for myself.
Hustle, prior to starting my own firm, was something that took place only during those “fire drill” moments that occur in Corporate America. They take many shapes. Your client is in town and would love to see a progress report. Your boss drops by your desk with a task that is due the next day and while you have all the information, it is in seven different spreadsheets. We have all been there and we have all had to hustle.
After this past year hustle has become a constant in my life. A daily function of my job, key to my success and my favorite skill set.
The simple truth is that hustle begets hustle. The more I work the more work I have. Each day I am motivated to hustle. I pick up the phone and make more calls. I set up meetings with clients or do any number of things to help my business grow. I find that I am motivated by the rewards of my hustle so I hustle more, it feeds into itself.
What if you, where ever you are and what ever you do, incorporate hustle into you daily work flow? Do you think it would make a difference? Would your boss approve? Would your business grow? If we all started to hustle, each and everyday, could this county rise out of it recession, create more jobs and cure hunger?
OK, maybe it cannot achieve all that however, it could improve your job thus improving your company. Recoveries always start somewhere. Why not with us? Why not with a little hustle?