Editor’s Note: Like Ozge says later in her essay, you’ve got to outline your goals in concrete terms in orer to achieve them. Hustling isn’t the clearest concept. With a little direction, though, you can not only define what it means to you but also teach yourself how to master it.
There are two types of hustling. There’s the hustling you do dishonestly- like having a dishonest plan or selling illegal things to make money. And then there’s the hustle for something you don’t know is coming. You don’t even know what it is exactly, but you’re hoping for it. You’re imagining it and you’re living your life for it. That’s the kind of hustle that makes a fist in your heart.
On the first day of year 12, I had no idea who I wanted to be, where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do or how I was going to get there. It was a major transition to decide what I was going to do when I left school. I wasn’t ready to decide what I wanted to do for the next twenty years of my life. It felt like my whole future was resting on my year 12 exams, and if I didn’t get the grades and ATAR score I needed, it was going to be the end of the world.
After many sleepless nights, stress and tears I finally decided what I wanted to do in life.
Since a very young age, I have always been eager, passionate and ambitious to chase my own dreams and pursue a career in what I love doing. My passion is entrepreneurship and my dream is to be a professional and successful businesswoman.
After countless interviews with my careers counselor, I finally came to a decision and filled out my University preference form. My first preference was to get into the Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship course at RMIT University, and the ATAR score I needed to get accepted was 75.
So here’s how I hustled to get what I wanted.
I wrote down my goals. This is the number one secret to success. The best and perhaps only way to turn an abstract dream into an attainable reality is to create a roadmap to where you want to go and how you are going to get there.
Many students are wishful thinkers, full of big ideas and dreams. They spend hours talking about what they’d like to accomplish but never in concrete terms. They repeat the same ineffective activities over and over, and then wonder why they’re not seeing good results.
I knew that achieving my goals didn’t require genius or a mastermind. It required perseverance and persistence, and most of all a plan. Like they say, if you don’t plan, you plan to fail.
Hustlers follow the ‘smart’ process. In other words, they state specifically what they want to achieve, they set themselves a deadline and ensure they have a way to measure their performance. They ensure their short-term goals are achievable, realistic and timely.
I adopted a positive mindset. I began to get rid of toxic people in my life, because I wanted to be constantly positive in order to attract even more positivity into my life.
Yes, hustlers know that having a positive mind evokes positive thoughts and generates a positive life. Being a positive person and making the best of every situation definitely led me on my road to success.
I hustled by believing I was a hustler.
Hustlers are great believers. They believe that the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to believe in you?
I accepted that failure was a part of success. I realized that when you embrace failures as lessons, it allows you to push to the top. Rather than being upset and worked up about the things you can’t control, being proactive about the things you can is the only way to hustle.
There was no reason for me to quit when learning something new. Realistically, it’s unreasonable to think you’ll be good at something instantly. It takes time to achieve perfection. You don’t need to be hard on yourself when it comes to criticism, but most importantly, be persistent in pushing yourself not to quit.
Life gave me obstacles and bad days, and it even gave some failures. However, I was emotionally resilient. After all, everything I did wasn’t going to be a home run. I knew I had to strike out a few times and I was at peace with that.
I was passionate about what I wanted.
Passion is one thing I know hustlers possess that pushes them toward believing in the impossible. It is the drive and love for what they want that makes them the best in what they do. When you do what you love, you love what you do; and, most significantly, your passion starts to reflect the quality of your work.
My desire was extraordinary.
So it is true- when you’re inspired and passionate, you will believe anything is possible and see opportunity when others see impossibility. Steve Jobs is a perfect example of a hustler! Even after he got kicked out of his own company, he didn’t give up. He didn’t make excuses. He found opportunities. He hustled.
Hustlers strive for excellence; they strive to be not just good, but great. They strive to achieve. It’s their passion, drive and determination that become the ultimate power behind their success.
These steps aren’t just words. They define hustlers. When we embrace these characteristics, they give us the courage to constantly challenge ourselves to do better and break new grounds.
When we start to learn from failure, we triumph over adversity. We prevail because there is no other option for us. With optimism, persistence and passion, our struggle becomes our purpose and our integrity becomes our destiny. People who understand this understand success.
Maybe if you’re willing to follow the steps above, you might learn how to hustle.