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From street life to 9-5’s all the way up through Corporate America, everyone has to work relentlessly to make some type of living. The get it by any means (hustler mentality) is an idea that has become significantly popular within recent years; it is very clear that as America continues to lack a fair amount of opportunities for minorities to provide for themselves and their families, the term ‘hustle‘ has never had a more profound meaning towards these groups.

It’s universally known that money makes the world go round, literally. As most of American history would suggest, the rich continue to get richer while the poor can do very little to change their circumstances. The value of a dollar is so inevitable now, to where if you are not in a position where earnings are consistently hitting your bank account-above satisfactory levels-then you will forever be in pursuit of more ways to get paid.

Whether you are a minority or not, it can be difficult to find legit avenues that bring in decent income and allow you to plan for a bright future. If you were not born into extreme wealth and/or have had a fairytale start within the work force, chances are you’re gonna need to ‘hustle’hard to even stand a chance at gaining an edge over others in more favorable situations.

So, with that being said, I’ve analyzed these issues and come up with some ideas and tips that will (hopefully) encourage you to stay motivated, hustle harder than your competition, and find ways to be more successful.

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  1. Education is key: Contrary to some popular beliefs, education is still an important factor when it comes to personal growth and climbing the ladder of success. In a lot of instances, those who are not projected to finish high school, attend college, or become a productive member of society tend to believe that that is, indeed, their path in life. However, it is important to note that not only is this incredibly false but it is also a leading factor in lesser privilidged citizens ditching the idea of education and any inkling of a possible future altogether. If anything, you should use the doubt and negativity as the driving force for you to chase what you actually believe in and pursue your dreams regardless.
  2. Be open-minded: For most people, we enter the work force with a plan consisting of goals and timelines to accomplish each milestone. However, what most of us fail to realize is that our own estimates of when we should be working our dream job varies-sometimes way off-from that of other employers’ thoughts on our qualifications to do so. Simply put, be quick to accept the next level of employment (let’s say McDonald’s cook to sales clerk at SeaWorld) and slow to reject necessary opportunities. You never know who’s watching you, and you wouldn’t want to spoil your big break before it even has a chance to hatch.
  3. No days off: When you are at the bottom of the food chain, you do not get the same liberties as the blue collar workers. You cannot rest when they rest or else you will never elevate to the next spot on your ladder to success. Therefore, your weekends are no longer solely a regroup and refocus stage; your weekends now become largely focused on searching for new opportunities that will benefit you more than your current situation does (if it does at all). Examples may include (but not limited to), contacting next level employers to inquire about any openings, cross-examining different markets to see which markets are paying the most, and/or dressing up in professional attire and making an effort to make walk-in appearances at potential employers that interest you. Whatever you do, stop spending your weekends relaxing or celebrating at functions; honestly, what are you really celebrating?
  4. Be consistent: Just like with any aspect of life, being consistent is probably the most important tool for being successful. Make sure every day-personally, professionally, and mentally-you are locking in and being productive. It is important to remember that you are not where you want or need to be, and that itself should motivate you to strive for a better life day in and day out.

Conclusion: Life is not fair, whether you’re born rich or poor. There’s challenges that we all face that orchestrate how hard we have to hustle individually in order to ‘make it’. Social status will always play a huge role in primary opportunities that come your way; however, your hard work and consistency will allow you to prevail and still conquer all that you set out to accomplish. The goal is not to succeed right away, but to develop and execute a masterplan designed to assist you in taking the necessary steps to get to where you want to be. Be patient, be motivated, and your hustle will eventually pay off in the long run.

  • What are some ways you guys hustle to reach your goals?
  • How can you relate to the hardships faced by many trying to hustle their way to the top?

Respond in the comment section below, and be sure to connect with me on social media. Can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say!

Until next time,

Gary aka ‘InrG’