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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.

Featured photo credit: Jay-Z/DWNews via flickr.com

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on March 15, 2019

How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

When I began managing people 15 years ago, I thought having a fancy title was synonymous with influence. Over time, I learned that power is conferred based on likeability, authenticity, courage, relationships and consistent behavior. When leaders cultivate these attributes, they earn power, which really means influence.

Understanding influence is essential to professional growth, and companies rise and fall based on the quality of their leadership.

In this article, we will look into the essentials of effective leadership and how to be a leader who is inspiring and influential.

What Makes a Leader Fail?

A host of factors influence a leader’s ability to succeed. To the extent that leaders fail to outline a compelling vision and strategy, they risk losing the trust and confidence of their teams. Employees want to know where a company is going and the strategy for how they will get there. Having this information enables employees to feel safe, and it allows them to see mistakes as part of the learning journey versus as fatal occurrences.

If employees and customers do not believe a company’s leadership is authentic and inspiring, they may disengage, or they may be less inclined to offer constructive criticism that can help a company innovate or help a leader improve.

And it is not just the leadership at the top that matters. Middle managers play a distinct role in guiding teams. Depending on the company’s size, employees may have more access to mid-level managers than they do members of the C-suite, meaning their supervisors and managers have greater influence on the employee and the customer experience.

What Is Effective Leadership?

Effective leadership is inspiring, and it is influential. Cultivating inspiring and influential leaders requires building relationships across the company.

Leaders must be connected to both the teams they lead as well as to their own colleagues and managers. This is key as titles do not make a person a leader, nor do they automatically confer influence. These are earned through trusting relationships. This explains why some leaders can get more out of their teams than others and why some leaders experience soaring profits and engagement while others sizzle out.

Eric Garton said in an April 25, 2017, Harvard Business Review article:[1]

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“… inspiring leaders are those who use their unique combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions – and hold them accountable for results. And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.”

How to Be an Inspiring and Influential Leader

To be an inspiring and influential leader requires:

1. Courage

The late poet Maya Angelou once said,

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

Courage is required in the workplace when implementing new strategies, especially when they go against professional norms.

For instance, I heard Lisa TerKeurst, bestselling author and founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, explain her decision to move away from her company’s magazine. While the organization had long had a magazine, she saw a future where it didn’t exist.

In order to make the switch, she risked angering her team members and customers. She took a chance, and what started out as a monthly newsletter, has grown into a multi-dimensional organization boasting half a million followers. Had Lisa not found the courage to change the direction of her organization, they undoubtedly would not have been able to experience such exponential growth.

It also takes courage to give and receive feedback. When leaders see employees who are not living into the company’s mission or who are engaging in behavior that may undermine their long-term success, one must risk temporary angst and speak candidly with the colleague in question.

Similarly, it takes courage to hear constructive criticism and try to change. In business, as in life, courage is necessary for being an inspiring and influential leader.

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2. A Commitment to Face Your Internal Demons.

If you feel great about yourself, enter a leadership position. You are likely to be triggered in ways you didn’t think possible. You are also likely to receive feedback that may leave you second-guessing yourself and your leadership skills.

The truth about leading others is that you get to a point where you realize that it is difficult to take people to places where you yourself haven’t gone.

To be an influential and inspiring leader, you have to face your own demons and vow to continually improve. Influential leaders take their personal evolution serious, and they invest in coaching, therapy and mindfulness to ensure that their personal struggles do not overshadow their professional development.

3. A Willingness to Accept Feedback

Inspiring and influential leaders are not afraid to accept feedback. In fact, they actively solicit it. They understand that everyone in their life has a lesson to teach them, and they are willing to accept it.

Inspirational leaders understand that feedback is neither good nor bad but rather an offering that is critical to growth. Even when it hurts or is an affront to the ego, influential leaders understand that feedback is critical to their ability to lead.

4. Likability

Some people will argue that leaders need not worry about being liked but should instead focus on being respected. I disagree. Both are important.

When team members like their boss and believe their boss likes them, they are more likely to go the extra mile to fulfill departmental or organizational goals. Likable leaders are moved to the front of the line when it comes to being influential.

Relatedly, when colleagues feel management dislikes them, they experience internal stress and can spend unnecessary time focusing on the source of their manager’s discontent versus the work they have been hired to do.

So, likability is important for both the leader and the people she leads.

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5. Vulnerability

Vulnerability is critical for being an inspiring leader. People want the truth. They admire leaders who can occasionally demonstrate vulnerability. It promotes deeper relationships and inspires trust.

When leaders can showcase vulnerability appropriately, they destroy the illusion that one must be perfect to be a leader. They also demonstrate that vulnerability is not a dirty word; they too can be vulnerable and ask for a helping hand when necessary.

6. Authenticity

Authenticity is about living up to one’s stated values in public and behind closed doors.

Influential leaders are authentic. They set to live out their values and use those values to guide their decisions. The interesting thing about leadership is that people are not looking for perfect leaders. They are, in part, looking for leaders who are authentic.

7. A True Understanding of Inspiration

Effective leaders are inspirational. They understand the power of words and deeds and use both strategically.

Inspiring leaders appropriately use stories and narratives to enable the teams around them to see common situations in an entirely new light.

Inspirational leaders also showcase grit and triumph while convincing the people around them that success and victory are attainable.

Finally, inspiring leaders encourage the teams they lead to tap into their own genius. They convince others that genius is not reserved for a select few but that most people have it in them.

As explained in the article True Leadership: What Separates a Leader from a Boss:

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“A leader creates visions and motivates team members to work together towards the same goal.”

8. An Ability to See the Humanity in Others

Inspiring and influential leaders see the humanity in others. Rather than treating their teams as mere tools to accomplish organizational goals, they believe the people around them are unique beings with inherent value.

This means knowing when to pause to address personal challenges and dispelling with the myth that the personal is separate from the professional.

9. A Passion for Continual Learning

Inspiring and influential leaders are committed to continual learning. They invest in their own development and take responsibility for their professional growth.

These leaders understand that like a college campus, the workplace is a laboratory for learning. They believe that they can learn from multiple generations in the workplace as well as from people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Influential leaders proactively seek out opportunities for learning.

The Bottom Line

No one said leadership was easy, but it is also a joy. Influencing others to action and positively impacting the lives of others is a reward unto itself.

Since leadership abounds, there is an abundance of resources to help you grow into the type of leader who inspires and influences others.

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Reference

[1] Harvard Business Review: How to Be an Inspiring Leader

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