Hustle – Time to get grounded

The alarm goes off at 5am, I get pulled out of my sleep, the bed is so nice and warm, it’s still dark and cold outside…no you don’t want to get up, you rather stay in bed and sleep in. My inner voice is talking to me… why the hell on earth are you doing this, what are you thinking, just take it easy. You don’t want to get on this bike now and push yourself. No you rather stay in bed and sleep in, that’s what you should do yes.

I get up, take a deep breath, smile and tell my inner voice to shut up. I am not here to waste my time and be mediocre. I want to make things happen, push myself and get out of my comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens. In order to get there we need to hustle. Let’s talk about hustle and why I think it’s so important.

I still remember the times when I was in high school. That little and skinny boy with a bit of low self esteem. I wanted to be one of the cool kids, to be part of something, to be accepted and valued. I think we all want to feel worthy in the eyes of others, like we matter and that what we do is meaningful. I learned to put in the hard work, studying harder than the rest, ran around like a madman on the soccer field, use my talent and hard work to get accepted by my team mates.

I always felt I had to work harder than the rest and I was willing to take sacrifice unlike other kids back then. Especially when it came to studying, I felt like I had to put in more work to get the same results. I wasn’t good in high school or one of the smart kids but I learned that hard work and dedication can get you a long way. So I had worked my way from a weak mediocre high school student to a respected and high regarded uni student. I had to hustle and to do what others were unwilling to do. Sacrifice, in some form, I think it is necessary and part of the process, and whoever is more willing to sacrifice for the hustle will succeed in the long run.

This still applies to me now. I am not always going to be the fastest, strongest or smartest, so I need to figure out a way to overcome that, no matter the circumstances. Whether that means having the most energy, passion or desire. I am willing to put in the time and energy because I can still remember what it was like in primary or high school.

So hustle. It’s not about working smarter instead of harder. I think it’s about doing both. You need to take action, don’t wait or hope or pray for it to come or that someone else will hand it to you. YOU need to take action.

I like the following Japanese proverb which says:

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without a vision is a nightmare.”

You need both vision and action to achieve great things. Vision guides you, action propels you.

I think having dreams is great but they have one down sight. They are free and easy. They don’t require action or hustle. Training for triathlons have thought me so many things about hustle and action!

I have times where I hate training and don’t enjoy it at all (not too often but still sometimes haha). Believe me, it sucks. But I always say to myself. Be grateful and do not quit. Suffer now and live as your own true champion for the rest of your life. For me hard training and suffering, that is the hustle!

You don’t have to train for an Ironman or do crazy amount of training but I think you need some form of hustle! Something that gets you way out of your comfort zone, that challenges you physically and mentally,

Triathlon training requires consistency over a long time to see success. I think hustle is about taking consistent action over a period of time to build momentum which over time makes things easier in your life. But it’s not just about consistent actions, it’s also important to take smart actions as well. With smart actions I refer to taking care of the following 4 areas

  • Your body
  • Your mind
  • Your relationships
  • Your skills

As with everything it takes time to develop, so the best thing is to embrace it and fall in love with the process. It won’t happen overnight and that’s a good thing. It’s the journey and not the end goal that counts.

Like if I wouldn’t enjoy my journey to complete my first Ironman and would just focus on the end goal to cross that finish line, I think I would miss the objective. I embrace myself into the training and have developed a positive attitude towards it. The daily journey of developing and improving yourself is in fact hustle and over the time I am sure to see massive results from it.

So my massage to you: Go out there and hustle, stay consistent, embrace the journey, create a healthy environment to work and live in. Have love, passion and a greater story in your life!