Art Of The Hustle

The Art of The Hustle can include many different components as to what can make your hustle(s) successful but the one thing that is a must, is indeed, mindset. It is easy for tons of people to talk about living the life through the hustle and grind, not so easy for anybody is actually putting in the effort.  This is why there is importance in mindset.  You must understand that within the hustle, an L is all part of the game.  Like Meek said, wins and losses are a part of the process.

From the information I gather listening to different interviews or reading articles that include whom I consider muse's, something that points out is one not limiting themselves to a certain area.  If you research these two, you will clearly see their hustle is spread out.  I don't believe in placing limits on opportunity and in the same sense, I am learning not to place limits on ideas.  The hustle includes being open and that may mean using different exports, actually taking those ideas that pop up in your head and planning them out to success.  I look at a business mind such as Maverick and see that he has been able to seek and utilize the moment at the right time.  The aspect of even understanding when the timing is right to bring an idea to fruition is something we underrate, let alone preparing yourself to be ready when it's time.  The business moves he has propelled for himself and others in his camp such as a LeBron James is a testament to his study of what he can bring to the market.  As it comes to Big Shaq, yes the retired NBA Hall of Famer, he is involved in everything.  Being an brand ambassador, partial owner, etc., his name is involved in tons of not only profitable businesses, but businesses who have claimed stake in the market so that they have been  and will be around a while.  Reading about Shaq and what he calls his 10 rules allows me to see what has made him successful even off of the hardwood.  His hustle is definitely respected.  Find some sort of muse, believe in yourself, and take advantage of your ideas!  The hustle never stops!

Shaq's Top 10 Rules for Success and Business

1) Follow Your Heart

2) Use Criticism As Motivation

3) Focus On The Solution

4) Master Being Different

5) Dedicate Yourself 1000 Percent

6) Be Motivated By Competition

7) Value Partnerships

8) Make Them Remember Your Name

9) Be An Inspiration

10) Have Fun

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One thing that I would certainly suggest in building up your mindset, motivation, confidence, etc. is to find a muse or few.  A muse is important because as you aim to push for a better you, whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually or whatever, you need to have a space of thoughts to help push you.  When you seek to create, finding pits of inspiration is key so maybe it is just meditation, or maybe you have a physical muse.  For myself, I have noticed that I have found muses in the form of businessmen in the sports world, more specifically Maverick Carter and Shaquille O'Neal.  As a source of inspiration for my continued journey of growth, business, and brand influence, I look and listen to how these two move within the various industries they are in.

 
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Thank You Kobe

Kobe retired 2 different jersey numbers tonight.  Did y’all hear me?  I said Kobe just retired 2 different jersey numbers tonight.  That’s right, both #8 and #24 hang up high in Staples Center.  For twenty years of my life, I watched Kobe literally pour blood, sweat and tears into this game of basketball.  He did it with only the type of grit and grind that could be initiated by thee Kobe Bryant himself.  Coming up as a kid who played the sport of basketball myself, I remember watching Kobe come into the league as a rookie and wow the world with an awesome Dunk Contest championship.  Remember those airballs against the Jazz in the playoffs.  So many moments, so so many.  

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If I can be honest, and people think I am crazy but I still have not seen a basketball player like the #8 Kobe.  Fearless, athletic, fundamental and a straight up monster on the court.  There were no friends, there was no buddy ball, hell he didn’t even like his teammates lol.  The fact is, he was great though.  And not great because it was just God-given ability, but great because he worked at it.  Each season coming back with a different component added to his game.  Oh, and he managed to come up with 3 titles while playing with the great Shaq.  And if you say these were his Robin years, check the damn stats!!  With no Kobe, there were no rings and truth be told his intensity and push to be great pushed Shaq to stay on tip as well, it will never be said but I can guarantee it.

A little bit older, a lotta bit wiser, Kobe returns growing with the name “Mamba,” but this time he is wearing the number 24.  There is no Shaq, the winning seasons have lead to disappointments and early playoff exits and this is without question his team.  So what does a great do, he gets in the lab to work on his game, even past the physical, he knows its now mental.  The Mamba can see why the grind is so important, I mean a young Kobe has had championship success, but the challenge is now getting THIS roster to understand the grind.  A few changes to the roster but Kobe finds a way to challenge everyone on the roster from 1 to 15, in his way, the tough love way.  Killing teammates in practice so they go home and have to think about it.  Forcing them to compete at the highest of levels in practice only paid benefits when the Mamba got this team to add two more championships to his already legendary career.

In between these short paragraphs are a ton of details that are left out but I’ll leave that up to you all to read study and watch YouTube on.  Just know that if you got to watch Kobe Bryant compete, whether it be KB8 or The Mamba or maybe both, you watched one of the Greatest Of All Time.  And even more important, he did it his way.

 Thank you Mamba

 
 
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