If you want to get really good at something, to be the best, you have to sacrifice. Even if you get to do something you love, things aren’t handed to you.
When I started freelancing, there were days when I thought about giving up and going back to a full-time job. Hell, I thought about doing that even last year, when there were months where my monthly income was the lowest it had ever been and I was constantly freaking out about making ends meet. The pressure is on, especially since my husband trusts me to pay for 50% of our household expenses. I not only have myself to care about anymore; I have dogs, a mortgage, a car payment.
So even though I might have “wanted” to go back to a full-time job because it was easier, I knew that freelancing and consulting ebbed and flowed. And now, I’m making more than I ever have. I stuck it out and eventually got results.
Hustle Beyond Work
But the “do what’s right, instead of what is easy or most desirable” mantra can be applied to so many other things besides work and building a business. Last night, I had to decide between butterfinger ice cream and grapes for my evening snack. A glimpse of our Miami/Florida Keys vacation flashed in my head (25 days from today), and I chose the grapes.
My sweet tooth was just as satisfied, and I didn’t have the dairy hangover that usually plagues me when I eat ice cream or drink milk. I really wanted ice cream, but I chose the grapes for a future reward of confidence.
A lot of successful hustlers out there know that delaying gratification can lead to major payouts.
This could include:
- Eating healthy foods you like now to have a better body image in a few weeks/months
- Not selling your start-up so you can continue to grow the business the way you want or to get a larger payout down the road
- Turning down assignments you don’t want to be known for so you have room for assignments and clients you do want
- Saving up for the trip or kitchen remodel you DO want, instead of choosing what is on sale just because it’s there now
Part of being successful is understanding that success only comes from hard work. Whether is is building a company, becoming a parent to a well-adjusted kid, or even just losing a few pounds before your high school reunion, often the hardest choice is the best one in the long run.
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