You’ve been doing everything right, you studied this week, you ate healthy, you worked out, you worked on your project, you spent time with your family, yet nothing good seems to be happening. Your brand isn’t getting enough recognition, the test you took after a weeks worth of studying felt iffy, the weight scale hasn’t dropped a pound and your frustrated because your not seeing results. This is when most people fall of the wagon. This is when most people get discouraged and hit the bed. However, in reality this is also when true “hustlers” are made. This stage is the darkest of them all, if you don’t grind it out at this stage of the game, the time when nothing seems to be going right no matter what you do, you wont be able to break out of the bubble. The most important quality you must possess to ever see results is patience.
Must be willing to put in the work: The amount of work your putting in right now probably doesn’t even scrape the edge of the amount of work you actually need to put in to get results. Kobe has been putting in 1,000 shots a day since high school every single day. Imagine practicing your craft 1,000 times in a single day for the rest of you career. Jordan used to hold practice at his home before actual team practice would begin. He would practice for hours and come into the team practice drenched in sweat. This type of work ethic rubs off on your environment. Eventually, Pippen joined him at his home practice and after a couple months the entire Bulls roster was practicing before the actual practice. This type of work ethic guarantees success. It takes a very long time, 82 regular seasons games and 16 playoff wins to ultimately get the title, but you have to be willing to be the first person in and the last person out in any task you try to accomplish and “success” will be inevitable. I recommend checking out Tim Grover’s book Relentless. Grover was the personal trainer of Jordan and Kobe and the entire book provides valuable content on the mindset of these workhorse beasts.
Have to love the process: You have to love the process more than you love the results. The process, the grind, the hustle is all that matters. If you’re in it for the cars, the houses, the fame, and the luxurious life, you’ve lost. You might work your ass off and gain all those amenities, however, if you’ve loved the process instead you probably would have make 10 times more. Loving the process is the only way you are going to last for the long run. The hustle is what needs to get you out of your bed, not the Lamborghini that might show up in your garage after a couple years of hard work. If you truly love the process, there’s going to be no stopping you. I love waking up early in the morning to write these posts, I love working on this site, I love studying people who have done it, I love involving myself in conversations, I love planning, I love executing, I LOVE HUSTLING BECAUSE IT AINT EASY!
STOP with the excuses. The worst thing you can do to yourself is to compare your situation with someone else’s. “Oh he’s physically gifted that’s why he’s such a greater shooter”. He practices with a thousand shots a day at least, you’re ass better be doing 5,000 to make up. Stop making excuses as to why someone else is doing better because of their situation. If someone else has a better situation well that just means you need to put in 3 times the amount of work as that other person. Life isn’t fair suck it up and stop making excuses.
Put in the work, love the HUSTLE, and stop with excuses and comparisons. It’s going to take a very long time but if you truly love the hustle, you’ll make it and if you don't, well at least you loved the hustle.