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Work hard, yes. But on what?

The premise that you work hard with success to follow doesn’t address what you should work hard ON. Here’s a technique that I’ve found some success in.

I have racked my brains out looking for ideas on different businesses ideas and have set up some, ranging from successful to failures. I, being an ambivert, used to an office environment even started a busy dessert shop in an even busier shopping centre, which I eventually sold because I was unable to give consistently to the constant customer interaction. I’ve started a logistics company, which although presented a good opportunity, now take a behind the scenes role because I just don’t take enough interest in the industry and environment. After nearly seven years, I still run a few simple businesses like ticksymbol.com that generate a few pounds.

I’ve used CrunchBase to spot well-funded start-ups in other countries and using those as a basis to generate ideas or models to adapt in my country. I’ve studied emerging trends and reviewed top-performing stock and ETFs over long time horizons to understand where current and future opportunities lie.

Given all of that research and analysis, there is one constant for me: enjoyment and skill-fit are important. If I am to build something over the long term, I need to enjoy it and it should require a skill set that I have or am interesting in developing.

Aristotle gave us the following wisdom:

Using our habits as a starting point can help us figure out what we are likely to persevere with once we need to cross the chasm. Here is a simple approach that has helped me:

  1. Remove macro ambitions of “wanting to be rich” or “wanting to be famous” — they’re generally useless and of no practical value.
  2. Understand the themes of what you have been doing over a minimum time-horizon of 1–2 years. What have been the natural things that you have gravitated towards and what things have you signed up to — charity work? interning at a startup? being part of a public speaking group?
    Why not even consider what you are reading or who you subscribe to on YouTube — maybe James Frank? Matt D’Avella?

This list will be the basis of figuring out what you can do that will remain sustainable based on the things that you already do and gravitate towards naturally.

Naval, presents the wisdom that you should do things that feel like play to you but look like work to others. By understanding our “habits” and natural inclination towards certain themes or things gives us insight into what “play” is to us.

Basing success on habits and play makes things easier for us and we increase the probability of success by orders of magnitude because it is natural to us and more enjoyable for us, as opposed to running a logistics company that we know very little about, which although seems to have the seeds of success, is stressful, tiring and frankly, not sustainable.

I have an interest in frameworks; models; optimisation, systems and processes and somehow, I have landed a role in line with this. I would consider myself extremely good at my job and often find myself taking leadership roles on projects on this basis. I have worked on developing systems and processes as part of my extra-curricular work and this has often been the most successful dimension to the businesses I have started, with me wanting to work on this day and night.

I hope you’re able to use this approach to find something that is based on your habits to create something that you feel like working day and night on.

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You Need an Attitude Like This

Now this is what you call a great attitude. This young american football player brings some serious motivational speak to his interview, blowing away the two presenters, leaving us all motivated.

“Go meet my Mom and you’ll know who I am…”:

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Steve Spoke Some Sense

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

That life your living is for someone else. Not you.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” — Steve Jobs

This takes courage.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”  — Steve Jobs

We are products of our past.

“Remembering that i’ll be dead soon is the most important tool i’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life… Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” — Steve Jobs

Only if we did think like this, we would achieve things in life we don’t even dream of.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs int eh square holes.” — Steve Jobs

There’s value in being different. They achieve non-conventional things – things that make the world go, wow.

Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we life for a brief instant, and we die. It’s happening for a long time. — Steve Jobs

Time is short.

“I want to believe in an afterlife, that when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated somehow it lives on.” — Steve Jobs

Otherwise what’s the point?

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” — Steve Jobs

Let’s do it. From today.

Naj Hassan wrote this article. Naj is a full-time Dad; full-part-time Blogger; full-time Analyst; part-part-time Composer and part-full-time Investor and property problem solver.

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Being a Hustler

Getting stuff done is probably one of the biggest problems this world is facing at the moment – you would have thought it might have been hunger, peace, tackling crime, the typical issues, but no. It all comes down to the simple fact of getting stuff done. If we don’t get stuff done, ‘stuff’ won’t happen, it’s as simple as that.

A Hustler gets stuff done.

I talk about these things at a very high level, but being a Hustler isn’t just about achieving things that may get you a Nobel Peace Price, it’s about doing the smaller things that add up to make a big thing too. Think about it. You’ve got a plan, a vision, a dream, your dream is going to take a lot of hard work in achieving, but it will change your life, it will prove to you that you are worth something, that you are capable, that you are who your Mum wanted you to be. With your dream in mind, heart and imagination, there’s two options; (1) procrastinate, get lazy and let your dream dilute to the extent that you’re no longer interested or take forever to achieve it or (2) set your mind to achieving that goal, achieving the smaller things and milestones, resulting in the ultimate achievement of your dream, plan or project, NO MATTER WHAT.

The ‘NO MATTER WHAT’ bit matters quite a lot. This is because a Hustler, in crude terms, doesn’t give a shit. They go out in to the world, gets what they wants and bring it back home; it may be a better job, it may be a million pounds, it may be a business. It might even be a new girlfriend. Hustlers go out and get what they want, no matter what.

Now, it’s simple enough to call a Hustler a person who get’s stuff done, but I don’t think it’s as simple as that. To some extent, we can all get stuff done, if we put our mind to it. There is a disparity between how people view a Hustler and what a Hustler sees when he/she looks in the mirror. People view a Hustler as a person with a good work ethic and a person who can get the job done in terms of achieving what they want and maybe what others want in the context of work. A Hustler sees himself as that too of course, but also finds weaknesses in himself and opportunities to grow, develop and learn as an individual. On a day where things haven’t gone so well for a number of reasons, the Hustler sees themselves as someone who needs to change, so they are better equipped the next time round. On a good day however, the Hustler thinks exactly the same. The video below extracted from the movie starring Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happiness sums up in perfect terms what a Hustler should do.

The Hustler works hard and doesnt waste time on non-value adding activities like watching TV. A Hustler might instead read books that would perfect his/her hustle. People may tell him or her to calm down and take it easy, but they don’t understand. A Hustler is a type-A personality, always doing something that contributes to the achievement of their dreams. A Hustler is frugal and lavish at the same time when they need to be. A Hustler understands the value in people and works collaboratively to achieve success while maintaining her eye on the prize.

In order to be a Hustler, you must:

  1. Value hard work/have a strong work ethic
  2. Go against the odds in every sense of the word, from barriers preventing you to achieve what you want to people with bad advice and attitudes
  3. Understand that working hard isn’t always working smart, sometimes it may be though, but a Hustler knows when of course
  4. Have determination and focus
  5. Be street wise
  6. Know when there is an opportunity and knowing when there’s not
  7. Make things look easy
  8. Have self respect
  9. Understand when to be frugal and lavish and
  10. Understand relationships

Now this is my own opinion of what a Hustler is. Yours may be different. But a Hustler is the guy or girl, you see as confident, the guy who drives a nice car, has that pretty girlfriend, goes on holiday more times than you and is living a nicer life in general.

You know what to do.

Naj Hassan wrote this article. Naj is a full-time Dad; full-part-time Blogger; full-time Analyst; part-part-time Composer and part-full-time Investor and property problem solver.

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– naj.hassan01(at)gmail.com

 

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Watch This Video to See Exactly Why Tony Robbins is a Serious Bad Ass

What is it that shapes us? Why do we do what we do?

  • “The defining factor is never resources, its resourcefulness.”
  • “If we get the right emotion, we can get ourselves to do anything.”
Check this excellent TedTalk video of Tony Robbins.