Hustle (verb): to proceed or work rapidly or energetically; to be aggressive, especially in business or other financial dealings.
I consider myself to be a hard worker, but I don’t think I am a hustler. Not yet, at least.
I will be trying to change that this year.
Now the difference between “working hard” and “hustling” might be a subtle one, but it is also an important one. In my opinion working hard is about being able to work long hours, to persist for months on projects that are not going well, to remain focused and so on. Hustling, on the other hand, is about making sure that the hours you’ll spend working will yield something. It is about making things happen, getting results, accomplishing goals, no matter what.
As you can see, you need both. You need to work hard and you need to hustle.
Practically speaking, I want to start hustling because I believe I fell into a comfort zone over the last year. The results I have been getting with my blogs, websites and with my online business as a whole were good, but they could have been better.
As a result I have set several goals for this year, and I will try to achieve no matter what.
One of them I wanted to share with you guys, because I might motivate you to do the same. That is, the goal of reaching 50,000 subscribers within the next six months (so by July 21). That is about 2,000 new subscribers per month, which is twice the historical rate of this blog (Daily Blog Tips is 39 months old and has 39,000 subscribers). It sure will require a lot of hustling to achieve that, but I believe it is possible.
As for the tactics and strategies I will be using to reach that goal, well, I will talk about them on future posts.
The message I wanted to send remains: hustling is essential. If you are not, get on with it!