If hustling towards goals is your center piece, then I’d like to share some wisdom that I had to learn—the hard way.
Wanting to achieve certain things in your life is not just about the goals that you set for yourself, but rather the execution that is required in order for you to achieve them.
You need a plan.
But, where do you start?
Here Are 9 Pieces Of Advice I would Give To The Younger Hustler Inside Of Me If I Could Go Back In Time:
1. Find Your Passion Early On
I believe the missing link towards finding passion has to do with chasing money first.
Chasing money drives us to search in all the wrong places.
A good place to identify passion is to search within and do some self-reflection:
- What do you like to do?
- Where can you spend a large sum of time and enjoy every minute of it?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are you good at?
- What do you want to develop that can be of value to other people?
- What is something you could see yourself doing for decades on end?
Once you have some ideas, you are going to want to capture those ideas by writing them down on paper.
You want to have a physical representation of those thoughts.
Writing things down gives you something tangible to immediately begin working with. This is how you start.
2. Define Your “WHY” Before You Start
Once you’ve discovered your passion, you then want to move towards purpose.
You want to define WHY you want to take on that particular challenge.
Why do you want to put yourself through it?
This is important, because often times the most valuable things in life take a very long time to achieve.
You need to take a certain number of steps to get there, you cannot skip steps, and you must be willing to give it time to flourish.
Throughout this time that you are working patiently, (which can take YEARS) you may think of quitting.
You may see no results, and you may feel like what you are doing is not working. You may see the world passing you and you might become discouraged.
During these difficult times, is where you need to remind yourself that you are in this for the long-haul.
This is not a sprint, but a long marathon, and your job is to keep going no matter what.
If you define the proper why, and you really find something that is deep-rooted within you, then that “why” will sustain you during your most difficult and darkest moments on your path.
Always find a strong why when you embark on something new and challenging. You will need to draw energy from it from time-to-time.
3. Find A Mentor
A mentor can speed up your growth in your respected field by a significant amount.
In management training, one of the biggest pieces of advice they gave us was to find a mentor, and find one quickly.
Think about something you want to take on.
Now, think about someone that you could reach out to that would be willing to help you level up your skills.
A mentor can boost confidence and help you handle barriers. Things that you don’t have the experience to see coming.
Experience and wisdom are two things in life that you cannot put a price tag on. Someone who has put in thousands of hours above you can help you identify problems beforehand and could help you prepare more effectively.
A person who has to learn on their own, in comparison to someone who has a coach or mentor in their life, is going to take a significantly longer time to figure things out.
Invest some of your time and find yourself a mentor who is willing to help you grow.
In exchange, you can offer your time and services to compensate for their time.
4. Invest In Yourself
Success in life is not about what you choose to go after, or what you accomplish, it should solely be about the growth that you make within yourself along the way.
Often times, we think that a given career will solve our problems. We think that because we go into a given field, it should solve everything and make us feel fulfilled.
But life is more about you, and how you invest in yourself, more than it is about a given job or field.
You are single-handedly, the determining factor of the success you experience in your own life.
There is nothing in your life that holds more significance on your journey to success, than your own true self.
Prioritize your time to the point where your self-development is at the top of your priority list.
5. Live Below Your Means
An old mentor of mine gave me this one piece of advice before I started my management career:
I asked, “What is the best piece of advice that can truly help me moving forward?”
He responded, “Learn to live below your means.”
He added, “If you end up making $100,000 salary, don’t go live a $100,000 lifestyle.”
“If you get yourself into debt with monthly payments, you will become a slave to that position or job.”
“Conversely, if you learn to develop the skill of living beneath your means, you can leave one position or company for another, without the requirement of a specific starting salary.”
“Debt and increasing your lifestyle will put you in a position where you can only leave one job for another, if the salary can be matched.”
I quickly realized that you become forced to look for opportunities that can be very limited.
This can keep you in one job for a very long time.
Learn to develop the skill of living below your means. It will bring you great freedom in many different ways.
6. Start A Small Business
Technology has changed the way we conduct work today.
There are many different possibilities to earn money, all with just an internet connection.
Starting a business is something I would advise the younger me to start on significantly earlier than I did.
In life, you want to take as much ownership of all of the areas in which you can control.
Making money and financially securing your future is one of those things you control.
Nobody else is going to do it for you, and nobody is coming to save you.
The earlier you can sit yourself down and think about which areas you want to pursue more knowledge on and then monetize that, the better.
7. Help Others
A big piece of why Believe In Help was started in the first place, was to be able to create a reach that can help other people.
How successful it would become never compared to the opportunity of being able to help people, even if it is just one person.
One person progressing from our help is literally everything for us.
There always needs to be a place in your heart where you want to help other people.
As humans, we help each other, we depend on each other and we thrive with each other.
If I could go back and talk to the younger hustler in myself, this is one I’d emphasize.
8. When You Feel Like You Want To Give Up, Remind Yourself Why You Started
We talked about developing your WHY earlier in this thread.
Now it’s time to define when you should revert back to your WHY.
Successful people are where they are today because they didn’t give up on themselves.
There will be difficult times.
There will be moments where your emotions will be running so high, that you will get close to throwing in the towel.
This is where understanding your purpose comes into play and reminding yourself why you started in the first place.
Use your purpose to create drive.
Motivation comes and goes, you cannot rely on it.
You must learn to cultivate your own motivation by reminding yourself why you embarked on your journey.
9. No Matter How Hard It Gets, Never Give Up
When you begin to look at the most successful people in their respective fields, you begin to realize that the only reason they became successful in the first place is because they never gave up.
Think about how many years Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had to work on their craft before they got to the pinnacle of their careers?
Think about how many years it took Serena and Venus Williams to become the best sisters in the history of the sport?
Throughout any career, there will arise extremely challenging moments and it is up to you to figure it out.
The only way to do this is to keep going no matter how hard it gets.
You can never give up on your commitments because if you do, you are stripping away your self-respect.
You are damaging your spirit by not attacking the things you want most out of your life.
If you decide to take something on in your life and you make the commitment to work on it, don’t ever give up on it until you finish the job.