It’s been 6 years building a painting business. It’s been fun. It’s been challenging. And it’s been about hustling from day one.
Hustling isn’t taking mirror selfies telling everyone how hard you are working. Hustling is working hard when no one is watching. A real man in the dark when no one is watching, is putting in work. If you want anything you’re going to have to put in the work. Kind of like Rhianna says, “Work work work work..” (Not really).
Hustling is all about enjoying falling in love with the process. Not just falling in love with the end destination. While the end may be sweet to get to, it’s the struggle that makes you who you are.
Hustling is not about hitting home runs. Hustling is steadily hitting singles. Day in and day out. Hitting singles means working in the rain, going to the gym when you don’t feel like it, and it means letting your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no” (follow-through). Every. Single. Day.
Throughout the past 6 years, I never signed a $1,000,000 contract or hit it big on any one big job. I did however knock on thousands of doors and met with 3000+ homeowners to give them painting estimates. I’ve hired painters and fired painters. I’ve won jobs and lost jobs. It’s all a learning process.
It’s all about taking consistent, daily action steps. In the words of Eddie Cantor, “It takes 20 years to become an overnight success.”
5 short recommendations while you put in the work:
1. Take one day off a week (For me that’s Sundays). I mean a full day off. No checking emails. No calls. As hard as you work you need to have an off switch. Life is WAY more than business.
2. Treat people how you want to be treated. If you’re greedy and squeezing every last dollar from team members and customers no one’s going to want to work with you.
3. Keep your word even when it hurts. Do what you say you’re going to do. Don’t just be a big talker, but make sure your actions back up your words. People’s BS radars are very finely tuned. If you’re not genuine, people won’t want to work with you.
4. Surround yourself with great people – Its all about people. At the end of the day you are only as strong as your team is. Find some awesome people and work with them. You will make each other better. A rising tide lifts all boats.
5. Have fun! If you’re not having fun with what you’re working towards, you won’t last very long. Don’t be grumpy. Grumpy people suck and no one wants to be around them. Learn how to smile, laugh, and have fun; it will carry you a long way in the hustle.
Whatever you are hustling towards, whatever goal you may have, just know that good things take time and great things take struggle, hard work, and sacrifice. Let’s get to work.