“You never stop hustling.” That was actor Laurence Fishburne’s response when asked what it takes to have made it in a creative profession. He’s an Academy Award nominee, Tony & Emmy Award winner, who is worth an estimated $20 million – and Laurence Fishburne never stops hustling.
Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler, the authors of a book called Hustle offer a newer definition of hustle as: “decisive movement toward a goal, however indirect, by which the motion itself manufactures luck, surfaces hidden opportunities, and charges our lives with more money, meaning, and momentum.”
How can we master the art of the hustle? It turns out, we can learn a lot from the realm of actors like Laurence Fishburne:
1. Promote yourself. Find the middle ground between humility and chest-thumping, narcissistic bragging, by making a conscious effort to promote your work or business, just like actors promote their latest efforts. Tell people what you have been doing, tout your accomplishments, but also look for ways to communicate the benefits of how you/your work can help others
2. Don’t be afraid of rejection. Any actor will tell you the countless number of auditions they’ve done. Sometimes it’s a numbers game – and the more doors you knock on, the more likely one is to open, but you can’t have a fragile ego. Hustlers (and actors) put themselves out there. They take risks, accept rejection and keep pressing forward despite critics
3. Don’t be afraid of saying “No.” If you are hustling, opportunities will come your way. Just like talented actors who turn down scripts, if the opportunity isn’t right for you, recognize that and say “no.” You’ll have more chances for success with the right opportunities that are a better fit for you
Now, get out there and hustle!