The focusing of your time and energy on your goals will often draw that proverbial time between you and those around you and create some mixed feelings. On one hand, some will hate and say you’ve changed. On the other hand, some will support you and be right by your side. The best option for aspiring entrepreneurs, in my opinion, is to ensure every single person you keep in your immediate circle serves a purpose. There must be some sort of mutual understanding between everybody where everyone has a role to play in each other’s lives. After all, who wouldn’t want to take their friends with them all the way to the top so that everyone can eat? Don’t make this strictly about yourself because it will take a collective effort to get where you want to be — there’s no way around that. Those that are constantly negative and not supporting you will only deter you from your path and need to be left by the wayside as you make this journey. Synchronicity is the key. Keep your vision clear, my friends.
Nas is hands down one of my most favorite musicians of all time. This song here gives listeners a raw example of what it truly is to HUSTLE! The term “hustle” over the years has wrongly been attributed with various negative stigmas; such as to drug deal or scam people out of their money. These people couldn’t be any more wrong. To hustle is the American way. It is to get up and go get it, by any means. It is a term — no…a lifestyle that many misunderstand. Hustlers are anybody that have had to work hard and sacrifice a lot just to make a dollar and better their lives. Hustlers are anybody that have persevered and stayed down in order to reach the success they have earned today. But, I digress. Listen close to the words in the song and you will see what being a “hustler” is all about.
“Took my homies to the water, taught ’em how to fish
Some n****s lazy, don’t rather you feed ’em – I said I’m done”
One of the keys to becoming successful in any venture is to maintain a positive attitude. That means, rather than focusing and wasting your time and energy complaining about a problem, conjure up a solution. Shoot, if you already identified the problem, you’re already halfway there. Procrastination is a territory all too familiar for many us. In fact, many of us often times LOOK for a reason not to keep going in spite of the many obstacles we are faced with. Remember, it’s not the fact that you fell down that matters, but if you have the courage and determination to stand up again.
I’m going to introduce you all to the 3 C’s of decision making that might help you. Carefully calculate the cost. You see, a lot of us make very impulsive decisions that sound good at the time, but what about the long term? Rather than look back disappointed in hindsight, we need to look with our foresight to ensure we’re making the proper decision. This will help eliminate those regretful decisions that tend to get us in trouble or even just to make a better overall decision than you would have made, otherwise. When confronted with a tough decision, weigh the costs and the benefits. What will this do for me in the long run and what are the repercussions if I do/don’t do it? When we make decisions in the heat of the moment, that’s when we tend to screw up. Because either we don’t have time to, or because our emotions at the time cloud our better judgment Stop for a second, breathe, and carefully go over the problem in your head. Is this the right decison? Or is it simply the right now decision? Think…
Are you a consumer or a producer? The answer to this question lies in what you do with the money that you make. Are you eager to receive this week’s paycheck to buy some new material things or to save it and put it away? If you’re saving it, what are you saving it for? I know a lot of people who are buying a new pair of $100+ shoes weekly. My question to you is, why? Why are you so quick to willingly give away your money? These are the times that we live in. People don’t know the power of a dollar. How about this…instead of buying that fresh name brand shirt, why don’t you come up with your own design? Be it a logo, a picture, a slogan, catch phrase, etc. and start wearing ONLY that. In the long run this would be cheaper than buying some name brand clothing every week, anyways. Before you know it, people will ask you where you got that shirt from or how can they get one. See how that works? Now, I’d be lying if I said it’s really that easy, but sometimes it is. Come up with something new and innovative and throw it on a t-shirt. Is there some new slang that’s starting to spread like wildfire around your town? Throw it on a t-shirt and start wearing it. Hustle up enough money until you can invest that into something else. Maybe even a full-fledged t-shirt or clothing line since you already have some clientele in that area. This is one of the privileges of living in a country like America, anybody and everybody can make something of themselves. This is the land of the hustle and grind. People from all walks of life have climbed out of the gutter and became successful. Many immigrants came to America with nothing but a few dollars and the clothes on their back and lived to tell the story to their grandchildren years later. I suppose it all comes down to who you want to be and what you want your story to be when you pass.
Another video from world renowned author Napoleon Hill where he talks about the Law of Attraction. He doesn’t talk about it so much in those words, but everything he’s saying defines this phenomenon. As I’ve said, many great figures in history have emphasized the power our minds have so it’s time we all acknowledge this and strive to use it to the best of our abilities to further improve our lives as well as others’. Enjoy the video.
As I stated the other day, knowledge is universal. To further exemplify this, let’s take a look at Newton’s First Law. In the above picture it’s definition is summarized with, “an object that is at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion tends to stay in motion.” How can we apply this to our lives? Well…those of us who are go-getters and naturally driven can be identified as those who tend to stay in motion. Those of us who are lazy and lethargic can be identified as those who tend to stay at rest. If you are one of those people who wants to get to a better position in life, ask yourself do you tend to stay in motion (productive) or at rest (counterproductive)? Always be mindful of your HABITS. Anything can become a habit with repetition. You can either make productivity a habit or counter-productivity a habit, as you already have.