Hustle Up

I remember when I was in high school applying for my first job. There was this legit Mexican place in town called "Taco Bell" and given my last name (Garcia) I decided it was the perfect place to offer my services.

I had never had a real job before outside of a handful of volunteer opportunities, so when I got to the "Previous Experience" portion of the application, I was at a loss. I literally had nothing to write here, but I decided I wasn't going to let a handful of blank lines on a job application stop me from stepping into the world of Mexican culinary delight. I decided I had sell myself in another way, so I typed up a document explaining my volunteer experience and why I was a hard worker who would be a good fit for the job.

Somewhere in the midst of my three-month stint at Taco Bell, I remember the manager telling me that this document was the reason they hired me. I recall feeling a little embarassed about it first - like he was poking fun at the fact that I felt like I needed to "sell myself" for a bottom-of-the-barrel fast food job. Yet as I think about it now, I'm proud. I wanted the job, and I did what it took to get the job.

It's called hustle. Figure out what you want, and go and get it. Put yourself out there, perhaps even if you feel a little bit silly about.

I've been listening to the "How I Built This" podcast lately, and if there's a common thread I find among successful entrepreneurs, it's hustle. They go after what they want and they push through in times of opposition. They take risks and do things that might even cause other people to laugh at them, but at the end of the day they are the ones getting things done.

Whether from lack of inspiration or enthusiasm, tiredness, or simply out of sheer laziness, we all drag from time to time. Sometimes that's okay, but when the dragging extends for longer than it should, something is off. We need a fire lit under us. We need some inspiration, something to be passionate about. We've gotta figure out what it is we want and then stop waiting for it to come to us and instead go out and make it happen.

My wife gets tired of one of my catchphrases that I rattle off in times of uncertainty or frustration: "It'll work out." Honestly, it usually does, but sometimes opportunities don't fall into our lap. We have to get off of our butts and make things happen. We have to hustle.

So what are you waiting for? Hustle up.