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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received

 

You work hard, but you fake hustle.

I’ll repeat that: you work hard, but you fake hustle. It shook me to my core. It infuriated me internally making my blood boil like I’ve never experienced. I mulled over the 7 words and moped in my own personal sorrows until I came to the realization that it was true. I worked to the level that others put me at. I can honestly say, most everyone does. I was caught up in hearing others say you work so hard and you do so much, how do you do it? I was convinced I was at the pinnacle of my personal ability.

Rather, when thinking more about it, I came to the realization that I was working to the level of what others deemed busy or what others considered hard work. I completely disregarded my personal belief on how much I could accomplish because I took the words of what is perceived as normal.

This statement was like a light switch, a fire under my ass, or the smack in the face of simple reality. My perception of workload was dependent on what I perceive as busy, not what others think. This semester, I challenged myself to work even harder and work until I made myself sick. I took on 15 credits for my Senior Spring, I worked full time with a digital marketing agency managing over 11 profiles at one point executing day to day posts and analyzing the field from a macro sense in ways in which to improve their individual platforms totaling around 60 hours a week of work, and also still held my job as a busboy cleaning dishes and serving food at AOII at UF.

I thought nothing of it until someone noted from the outside what I was doing. Mind this, they are over 30 years old and employed full time by the University of Florida. I was asked “how in the world are you doing all of this while being in classes and still being involved?” and my answer was far clearer than I had ever imagined it would be.

I am a machine. I know and understand that I am destined for greatness, but attribute future successes to my ability to work harder than anyone around me. When I was told I faked my hustle, I’ve had an inner battle against my own mental state and my physical body convincing both that I am able anything I want to accomplish.

At times, it’s lonely. I spend long hours behind my phone and behind my computer typing pages and pages figuring out what to accomplish or do next. It’s cost me time from friends, less time being spent in social scenarios like midtown or downtown drinking the night away, but I understand it is a part of the process.

I want to thank you one thousand times over for being a part of my process and seeing and encouraging what is to come. Here’s to Friday. Crush it.

 

Song of the Week: Bambi – Jidenna

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“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

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The 48 Hour Rule

I am fortunate enough to interview high level entrepreneurs on a weekly basis and learn valuable lessons from them that propelled their lives into not just monetary prowess, but a wisdom that is unavailable from a collegiate standpoint. I had the pleasure of speaking one on one with an individual that amassed nearly 2 million followers on Facebook and spoke on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to religion to monetizing your own personality. It was within this conversation that one slight tip popped up that I will never forget.

This tip is the 48-hour rule.

The idea is simple. We are bred to plot and plan and wait to strike at the perfect moment rather than just doing. The 48 hours collectively are the time period for your reactive state. If the idea is still lingering in your head even after 48 hours, immediate action is required on it.

Waiting will kill your dreams. There has never, in the history of the world, been someone that garnishes success just by sitting back and thinking about ideas. It is all about execution and your willingness to execute. Often, I see discouragement comes into play from others because it is unreasonable or unfathomable so it sways you from pursuing it. This isn’t just about possible entrepreneurial ventures or business as a whole, but can be anything pertinent in your life. Starting that blog you’ve always wanted, learning about photography, pursuing your art, or even just wanting to go to the gym. If you never act on your impulse or your thought, you will be stuck in limbo and become dissatisfied at what you did not do.

I part with this; You personally can create and become an amazing version of yourself, but it requires time, energy, and a willingness to perfect your craft. Whatever that may be or how far from reality it may seem to be, you can accomplish it. And even if you fail, that’s just one thing that led you to something even better. Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

 

Song of the Week: Colors – Audien Remix

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“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham