“Let’s grab some energy drinks before we start studying.”
My friend from class was surprised by my idea. He reminded me how I was the only person that he knew who drank so many energy drinks. He then scolded me on my energy drink habit. This was in 2007, long before I got into pro wrestling and actually started watching what I put into my body.
Why was I grabbing energy drinks?
I wasn’t really into the studies and I needed all of the help that I could get to actually crack open a textbook. I wasn’t in the mood for hustling.
These days I look forward to all night writing sessions and recording podcast episodes on no sleep.
“How am I supposed to do anything when I’m tired after work?”
I’ve received this message from some of you. Many people will ask me this when they hear about the podcast or a new side hustle that I’m working on.
The reality is that it’s difficult for most of us to compete with some entrepreneur that has a full team ready to perform any task imaginable for them.
Chances are that you have the following to deal with:
- A family.
- A full-time job.
- Friends who want to hang out.
You have plenty on your plate. Despite all of this, you still want to hustle and grow a side business.
How do you hustle when you’re tired?
[Must read: How-to find motivation when you’re feeling stuck.]
Cut something out.
“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.” — Michael Jordan
It’s either you want to go all the way or not. Do you want to change your life? It won’t exactly be easy. It won’t come without any sacrifices.
You have to be ruthless and selfish. Cut something out that’s dragging you down.
What can you cut out?
- That toxic friendship.
- Getting completely wasted with the same people doing the same shit.
- Sleeping in every single morning.
- Hobbies that kill all of your time.
- Following every new series on Netflix.
Cut something out. Free up some time, energy and attention. You owe it to yourself to give this 100% of your effort.
Take care of your health.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Buddha
Yes, I know that this sounds vague. Let’s get very specific.
How can you take care of your health?
- Drink water. Keep on chugging water all day.
- Workout. Get into the habit of training.
- Get lots of sun.
- Sleep. Get your 8 hours (or at least 6). It’s not cool to walk around like a zombie.
- Take the right supplements (I believe in vitamin D, fish oil, and Zinc — please perform your own research).
Chances are that you’re tired because you’re not taking care of your health. When I started to pay more attention to my health, I found that my productivity skyrocketed.
Set a very audacious goal.
I want to be a WWE pro wrestler one day. That’s my audacious goal. This goal is audacious because I have no chance. This goal forces me to hustle no matter how tired I feel. I simply can’t afford to waste my time. I have to hustle because I know that my competitors are out there getting better.
What’s your audacious goal? What’s going to force you to toughen up when the going gets tough?
Watch motivational videos.
I turn on Gary Vee videos on my TV when I write late at night just to stay motivated for a few extra hours. It’s surprising how a video can get you pumped up when you’re feeling lazy.
Here’s a video that I found while I sat down to finish off this article…
A video like this will really get you going. Watch one and then produce. Just one. You don’t want to end up binge watching inspirational videos all night while you get nothing done.
Think of your legacy.
“Reminding ourselves each day that we will die helps us treat our time as a gift.” — Ryan Holiday
What’s your legacy going to be? What will people say about you when you die?
Here’s the thing. Funerals suck. I hate going to them. However, they’re eye-opening. Sometimes you go to the viewing and it’s a packed house. Other times it’s really empty. You start to wonder about life after death and what people will say about you when you pass.
I want my funeral to be a national holiday.
Remember who’s watching.
There’s always someone watching you. Don’t let them down. Don’t let your friends down. Don’t let your supporters down. Someone out there believes in you and is rooting for your success.
Here at Do You Even Hustle we’re cheering for your success. DON’T LET US DOWN!
It’s okay to fail once in a while. It’s never okay to just give up.
Reduce the social media.
Do you always have to be on social media? This tends to destroy my productivity.
It’s a double edged sword because social media can help your business. However, you can also get distracted by cat videos and never get anything done for your business.
The trick is to pick a time for when you’re going to use social media. Then you also have to know when to turn off all notifications on your social media apps so that you can focus on your work. When I have a big project to complete, I deleted all of my social media apps from my phone.
It’s not going to be easy. You’re going to feel overwhelmed at times. That’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. You got this. We all get tired once in a while. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop. You can slow down as long as you never shut down.
“We often assume that the world moves at our leisure. We delay when we should initiate. We jog when we should be running or better yet, sprinting. And then we’re shocked –shocked! —when nothing big ever happens, when opportunities never show up, when new obstacles begin to pile up, or the enemies finally get their act together.” — Ryan Holiday