life goals

My Take On The "Hustle" Philosophy

My Take On The "Hustle" Philosophy

Most entrepreneurs or professional creatives are familiar with the “Hustle” Philosophy. This idea that your true life passion, or “side hustle” is actually a full-time fixation and that you make large personal sacrifices to accomplish your goals.

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of consulting firm Vayner Media, responded a backlash of the “Hustle” life in this video. A self-made millionaire, but also self-admitted work-a-holic, Vaynerchuk contends he’s been misunderstood. He says his personal wealth is the result of a true and inner love for his work and his career. Yes, he admits he loves making money, but he says he also loves the process more than the result, which in turn, makes him more successful.

The backlash arose when he, and others, were accused of prescribing this lifestyle as a binary to achieving success. Meaning, either you do it “my way” or you won’t achieve success. The problem is that there is not a one-size-fits-all formula for success. Not only because everyone is different, but success itself is subjective. Is the goal more money? More time? Power? Status? Better health? Autonomy over your schedule?

Ideas for Long Term Project Goal Management

Ideas for Long Term Project Goal Management

Do you have a 5-year plan? I don’t. I find planning for 5 years from now a little daunting to think about. But as I’ve gotten older, time seems to pass by incredibly fast. Somehow when I entered into my mid-30s and early 40s, the months started to speed by and the years blurred together. This has motivated me to re-think my need for some long term goal planning structure, and address my challenges with it. And hopefully, to set my self up for some success.

The first thing to I had to think about is how I wanted to record my goals: on paper, or on the computer. I’ll be honest, I have a mix of both.

I’ve created some spreadsheets and calendars that I save on my computer, and only refer to occasionally. But for my day-to-day and month-a-glance planning I use a spiral paper daily planner. And lists. I have lots of lists. I’ve tried various online apps, even the very popular ones like Evernote and Trello, and for me, they just ended up being more work to manage than they were worth.