How To Redefine "The Hustle" For Maximum Success

“The first thing that I don’t do is hustle.
— Eric Termuende | The Millennial Mastermind Podcast Ep. 30

Epic quote right? 

As a new entrepreneur and start up creator I let myself conform to this idea that I had to hustle my a** off to accomplish my dreams. I'm typing this on my second cup of caffeine today because without it I could fall asleep just about anywhere right now and I don't know when I decided that this was okay.

I get it. There's no way that you'll just get everything you want by doing absolutely nothing to accomplish your goals but I am also learning (the hard way) that that doesn't mean that I have to compromise my sleep, my brain power, and my relationships to do so. 

Unsurprisingly, as I was struggling with trying to finish my to do list for the day I heard something that was exactly what I needed to hear

I was listening to The Millennial Mastermind Podcast and Eric Termuende said something absolutely invaluable. That despite being a 24 year old success story he doesn't believe in the idea of hustling.

This guy has already done a Ted Talk, has been featured in Forbes, and written a book yet he doesn't hustle. Let's just say he had my full attention. 

I seriously suggest listening to the podcast for the full version but essentially Eric explains how this trendy idea of hustling for our dreams ends up compromising the quality of our work and creating this unhealthy, fast paced society. 

Considering I'm living this right now, I could not POSSIBLY agree more. 

This idea that we should lose sleep and work 18 hours days just isn't realistic. What it's going to create is a generation of people who almost accomplished their goals but burned out just as they were about to make any real progress. 

The past two weeks have been insanely hectic for me between my hourly job, my freelance writing, and my blog and I went into it knowing that it was going to be hectic. My mindset was that I was going to hustle through it, waking up early and going to bed late and pulling off 16+ hour work days. 

It didn't work. I ended up missing two days of blog posts because my brain was (and still is) fried. 

I don't want this to happen to people who are en route to accomplishing their goals. 

We have to change the idea of hustling from being a huge sacrifice of sleep, time, and energy to the ability to be present, focused, and organized on every project we take on.

I've learned my lesson. From now on this is the definition of hustling that I will take on. As much as we love our passions we have to remember that first we are humans and then we are entrepreneurs. We have to prioritize our human ways before our entrepreneur ways. 

I'm not saying 16 hour work days can't ever happen but they certainly shouldn't happen for more than a few days in a row unless you are completely and totally okay with compromising the quality of your work.

My hustle has officially changed from a sacrifice to a growing experience where I'll learn about organizing, scheduling, prioritizing, and checking in with myself and my body to make sure that I'm capable of everything that I'm asking of myself.

I am seriously taking Eric's advice to heart because I have learned my lesson. There is nothing good that would come of me working like this for another day, week, month, or (I can't even imagine) year! 

How am I going to put this into action?

  • Create a schedule for the upcoming week with daily to do lists
  • Put my phone on Do Not Disturb for maximum focus and productivity during tasks
  • Make sure I sleep 7-8 hours a night
  • Make time for meals and working out
  • Prioritize more "chill" time

Here's a huge thank you to Eric Termuende for creating an epic insight that has changed my entire perspective on what it really means to hustle for your dreams. 

On that note, it's time for some well deserved r&r.