People often ask entrepreneurs, athletes, and other successful people, “What is the key to success?” They want a magic formula or path they can follow to get there. While there isn’t a step-by-step process to find success at whatever you’re doing, it boils down to three things: self-awareness, hustle, and discipline.
Self-awareness is something that many people overlook or don’t want to dig into. You need to think about your own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Then you need to think about what your goals and values are and how they will affect your journey. Planning how you can reach those goals and if you’re willing to put in the effort is crucial. The reason this is hard for many is they don’t want to admit what their faults are and what really motivates them. The reason I put this one first is because if you aren’t self-aware, if you don’t really know yourself and your motives, you will end up wasting a lot of time and energy. Video games used to be my main hobby. When I turned 23 and moved to Tampa, I lost a lot of interest in them. I realized that I had to make changes in my life: work harder, be more adventurous, spend more time with friends, and video games didn’t align with my new motives. I was in a new city with a whole world of opportunity, so my mindset changed. Truths about yourself will reveal who you really are, and once you understand that then you ready for the next step.
That brings us to hustle. The owner of Hustle Planet is talking about hustle… what a surprise! Once you are self-aware then you can start working towards your goals. To me, hustle is working hard and grinding. It means you have a relentless drive and passion for whatever you’re doing. Because you are self-aware and know your ins and outs, your path should be clear on what you want to do. Passion is another factor that comes into play. If you are self-aware and have a passion for doing it, then the hustle will come naturally. I felt deflated when I was living in Buffalo. There was a big gap between who I was and who I wanted to be. I realized that I had to work hard and have hustle to get to where I wanted to go. Hustle came naturally to me because I wasn’t happy with who I was. It was a simple choice: either stay semi-comfortable and lazy, the easy but unsatisfying route, or start working towards what I wanted in life, find true fulfillment and meaning. I chose the adventurous route. Find out what I want and go get it. Hustle is very important for entrepreneurs and fitness enthusiasts because you won’t get results if you half-ass your work. Without hustle, your dreams will stay dreams.
Last up is discipline. This is something that I’ve been looking into more and more lately because of its importance. If you lack discipline, your hustle will be meaningless. We all have natural motivation that gives us energy and hustle, but it fades away. If you have strong discipline, you are able to consistently put in effort and follow your goal. A disciplined person will put in the same amount of time every day to reach his or her goal. Discipline means you will work hard even on days where you lack motivation or feel tired. This is the hardest step for me and many others. I work 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday at my office job, then I work on Hustle Planet Friday through Sunday. There have been many weekends where I feel burnt-out by Saturday afternoon and feel like throwing in the towel. This is when discipline comes into play. I go to the gym or do a fun activity for an hour or two to clear my mind and re-focus. Then I’ll come back to my apartment, have a cup of coffee or green tea, and get right back at it. Discipline doesn’t mean you have to work 24/7 or every single day, it just means you structure your time and put in a consistent, strong effort on a timely basis.
What do you think are the 3 keys to success? What are your biggest positives and negatives in regard to success? Let me know in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!