“These seats aren’t the most comfortable, are they?”
The man next to me had a point. We were 30,000 feet up, somewhere between LAX and JFK. Exactly where we were en route didn’t matter as much as the fact that it was 3 am and I was tired as hellllllllllll.
The last few days, I’ve been at a conference looking to find the little pieces of information and “hacks” that would take my speaking business (and all other endeavors) to the next level. Overnight on Friday, I took a flight in to New York landing on Saturday morning to run a breakout session and be interviewed on a global livestream with TEDxTeen. Yesterday, I set out to South Africa, landing this morning and getting a couple hours’ rest before hopping into meetings and planning for multiple talks, interviews, meetings, and potential deals moving forward.
All the travel, from the outside, seems glamorous. A quick reference to one of my lasts posts on Facebook would show 60+ people excited for me and what appears to be a busy schedule. And it is. But, “busy” isn’t always good. Too many people find themselves busy up until the day they die, but never accomplish anything or, more importantly, live life on their own terms.
It brings me back to something the world-renowned DJ, Afrojack, said on stage during his interview at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, which I attended last November in Philadelphia. The dude takes over 250 flights a year, yet doesn’t complain when he has to sleep on the plane, or doesn’t get time to “explore” the city he’s visiting on the day’s schedule. He just takes it in stride…it’s all part of the hustle.
Maybe flying all over the place isn’t your hustle. Maybe it’s making obnoxious amounts of sales calls, hammering out code at ungodly hours, or picking up a second job to support yourself financially as you chase what you’re really passionate about.
Whatever it is, no one’s there to complain to. And you shouldn’t ever complain.
The hustle is beautiful.
Personally, I want things to move faster. I want to accomplish more, help more people, make more money, and do all of that NOW (well, actually more like yesterday). It’s frustrating at times when you plan, and plan, and plan, and then your strategic oversights are delayed for things outside your control, or when you feel like you (and not a random sheep) needs to be cloned so you can do, and be, more. I’ve had those feelings all weekend, and yet at the same time, take immense pride in where I’m at and where I’m going.
That’s what the hustle is all about.
Honoring today, and pushing for tomorrow. Life is amazing when you are grateful for what you have and the steps you’re consciously taking to become who you want to be. If ambition is your thing, then pushing for tomorrow, and moving, and shaking, is also amazing. With it will come disappointment, hardships, pressure, and negative self talk of its own accord, but when managed properly, won’t drown out the pride, joy, and excitement of building something bigger than yourself, hopefully alongside people bigger than yourself.
Right now, I can sacrifice my time and energy to move my businesses forward, speak around the world, and sleep on airplanes in not-so-comfortable seats because the destinations I’m arriving at, both literally and metaphorically, are worth both the one-way and return ticket prices. Come join me and see what it’s like for yourself.
Respect the hustle.