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How To Hustle: 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers

How To Hustle: 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers

Massive success is reserved for confident people who take action swiftly and decisively. Or, as Abraham Lincoln put it, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you’d like to be more successful, I invite you to discover how to hustle with these ten habits of highly successful hustlers.

1. Help People

Highly effective hustlers don’t fall into the trap of seeing potential customers as people who can be coerced, deceived, manipulated or ripped off. While these strategies could prove to be profitable in the short-term, they are doomed for failure in the long-term. Because, believe it or not, people aren’t happy when they discover they have been lied to. Highly effective hustlers know the way to build a sustainable business is by caring, helping, providing value and offering innovative solutions to customers’ problems that are more relevant and/or helpful than anything else on the market.

2. Make Friends

Highly effective hustlers don’t see their field as a dog-eat-dog world where every other person is a competitor to be “destroyed” or “eliminated.” While there is nothing wrong with healthy competition, such a negative worldview will repulse people in their network who could turn into wonderful friends or mentors. Highly effective hustlers know that a solid network is a must for their success, because they are only one person (a flawed one at that!). Given this reality, they aim to have at least one mentor who is willing to offer guidance and give them the occasional push in the right direction, along with a handful of like-minded friends to bounce their ideas off of.

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3. Eliminate Distractions

Highly effective hustlers know their business isn’t going to build itself while they refresh their Facebook feed for the hundredth time today. They identify the biggest time-wasting activities that eat up most of their time (while offering the least satisfaction), and eliminate them without mercy. If that means unsubscribing from every unnecessary email, disabling all text notifications, silencing their phone, or cutting their cable cord, so be it. While there is nothing wrong with taking time to relax, there is no denying that many folks (maybe even most of them) stagger through a life that is nothing more than a series of distractions that serve no greater purpose; a reality that sounds depressing to any hustler who is pursuing a goal that is bigger than him or herself.

4. Get Focused

Highly effective hustlers can second Ron Swanson’s statement, “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” While they might juggle more than one long-term project at a time, they are avid single-taskers who become possessed by the task at hand, sometimes finding themselves in a state of “flow” where time becomes meaningless. 

5. Improve Daily 

Highly effective hustlers are followers of the “Kaizen” philosophy and strive to continuously improve every day. If personal growth isn’t pursued, they know it is awfully easy to find themselves living in a state of monotony, where progress stagnates and inspiration dies.

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6. Think Big

Highly effective hustlers aren’t afraid of pursuing an idea that is bigger than themselves. When stress or doubt clouds their judgment, they take a deep breath and remind themselves, “If it was meant to be easy, everybody would do it.”

7. Play Chess

Highly effective hustlers play chess while everybody else plays checkers. They are outstanding strategists who are capable of foreseeing every likely outcome of their actions, and are thus prepared for whatever possibility life might throw at them.

8. Are Authentic

Highly effective hustlers embrace their true selves, no matter how awkward or weird certain things about them might be. They know that nobody wants to work with a phony, so they embrace total authenticity, creating a genuine emotional connection that is unique and special to every person they work with.

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9. Fail Often

Highly effective hustlers don’t stress out about making mistakes, because they know that failure is the most effective teacher in existence. They probably are familiar with the Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If Thomas Edison was persistent enough to keep trying after failing over a thousand times, highly effective hustlers can succeed despite the occasional mistake.

10. Never Surrender

Highly effective hustlers can get behind the mantra, “You don’t lose until you quit, so don’t quit.” They know that success isn’t “quick” or “easy” for anybody, so they let go of their need for instant gratification, and practice patience with the process.

I hope this article helps you discover how to hustle and achieve your goals. Which of these habits do you plan to put in practice right now? Tell us in the comments. Or, if you consider yourself a highly effective hustler and have a habit you would add to this list, you’re welcome to tell us all about it. Happy hustling!

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

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Published on July 17, 2018

How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

What is compartmentalization

To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

Reframe the problem as a question

Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

Choose one thing to focus on

To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

Comparmentalization saves you stress

Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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