Note: Today’s post is a guest contribution from Joel Runyon.
The best part about your life: you’re the boss of it. No matter what else happens around you, you always get to control you.
You’re the boss of your own life. But how often do you act like it? It’s easy to cede authority and let other people have control over what we do. It’s a good way to escape responsibility for our own actions and play the victim role.
But if you were to step back and look at your life like a boss would, would you be happy with the level of work you’re putting in to achieve your goals? Or would you be appalled at the level of hustle that you’re putting out for the things you “most want” in life? You’re the boss of your life. It’s time to start acting like it.
“Everyday I’m hustlin’ hustlin’ hustlin’ hust-hustlin’” – Rick Ross
Have A Purpose… Like a Boss
What’s your purpose? What are you working toward? Most people don’t know. They just go about their lives and make decisions without thinking about what they’re building, what they’re creating and what they’re working towards. If you did this for a boss at work, you’d be fired.
Know what you’re working towards. Have a purpose behind your actions and align them accordingly. Realize that with every single action you’re building something and make sure you’re building something you’re going to like.
Start On Something… Like A Boss
Get off your butt and start. Do something. Anything. Pick something you think is worth spending your time on and try it.
If you like it, keep doing it. If you don’t, find something else you’re passionate about and do it with purpose. Life is way too short too keep waiting and waiting and waiting. Do something. Do it now.
Keep On Working… Like a Boss
Work your butt off. Success doesn’t come easy. At the World Domination Summit, Leo from ZenHabits talked about how he used to write up to 20 posts a week for his site and others. It’s easy to think that successful people just “fell into it” or hit the lottery but it’s not true. They worked their butts off at crummy jobs and did stuff they didn’t want to do in order to get where they wanted to go.
If blogging isn’t your thing, read this piece by Billionaire Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks. See all the crappy jobs he had and notice how he did his best in all of them, and kept learning and improving despite his situation. It’s not easy. But if you want to, you can do it.
Find Some Inspiration… Like a Boss
Find people who are where you want to be. Study them. Find out what makes them tick. Find out their story. If they have a blog, go read their archives.Watch how they evolved. Email them. Ask them what helped them get where they were.
People are more accessible than ever these days. People like Seth Godin still answer every email (if that doesn’t blow your mind, it should). Gary Vee reponds to thousands of tweets and even takes people to Jets games if they’re persistent enough. Find people who are where you want to be. Then do you best to be around them as much as possible. Watch their attitudes start rubbing off on you.
Keep Pushing Forward… Like a Boss
This is the most important step. I can’t stress it enough. When everybody else quits, keep going. I went from not making the 7th grade basketball team to being the only senior on my high school team to play basketball in college just because I didn’t quit. It wasn’t because I was a million times better than everyone else, but I worked my butt off and kept playing when everyone else just fell off and quit.
It’s amazing how far persistence will get you and how soon other people will call it quits. My friend Nate is in Kansas right now, halfway through his trek across America on foot. Oddly enough, I know a few other people have told me that they were going to try to walk across America and Nate’s the only one still going.
The odd thing is Nate’s not doing anything special other than not stopping. Every day he gets up and walks 15-25 miles with his cart named Wilson. Day after day after day after day after day after day. He just keeps walking. Pretty soon, he’ll be in San Francisco, having walked all the way across America. All by doing one action, repeatedly and refusing to quit. When everybody else goes home. Keep going.
Being “Busy” vs. Hustlin’
Being busy is often confused with hustling. If you’re busy, you have to be hustling, right? Wrong! Hustling is doing work that matters. Work that’s important, that’s urgent and that has to be done. Checking your email does not count as hustling. If it did, Rick Ross’s song “Every Day I’m Checkin’ Email”, would be much less compelling. Do stuff that matters.
So get out there, and figure out your purpose and start hustlin’. Because if you want something to get done in your life, you’re going to have to start to do something about it and start hustlin’…like a boss.
Today’s guest post was courtesy of Joel Runyon. Joel writes about pushing your limits and telling a great story by doing impossible things. Watch him cross things off his impossible list and catch up on twitter. For “inappropriate laughter,” check out this music video… like a boss!