May 30, 2016 | life

The Hustle: Keepin’ it Real

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Pursuit of your dreams takes hard work. Long days, sleepless nights, constant graft. You’ve gotta live and breathe it every second of every day to get ahead in the game. This is what the internationally successful entrepreneurs of our time, like Gary Vaynerchuck, will tell you. Meanwhile, just writing those first couple of sentences tired me out a little. I’m driven and goal oriented, but sometimes when I look at the supposed schedule I’m meant to keep to become wildly successful, I question whether I can maintain my fiery gusto on that kinda level. It’s time we got real about ‘the hustle’.

So here it is: You can have all the passion and drive in the world. You can constantly come up with fresh ideas, new plans and schemes, you can inspire and motivate those around you, but sometimes….you just don’t wanna.

Sometimes you don’t feel like it.

Sometimes you’re tired.

Sometimes you hate everything you’re doing.

Sometimes all the advice from every two-bit entrepreneur out there makes you want to drop kick them in the face.

Sometimes Netflix.

Sometimes walks in the park.

Sometimes your own goddamn sanity has to take precedence.

In the social media era, where people love to document how hard they’re working, meticulously charting their rise to success, it’s easy to feel like you’re never gonna be able to keep pace. But I surely don’t need to tell you at this point that all is not as it seems on social media.

It’s important to remember that every thing doesn’t work for everybody. I really like innovators like Casey Neistat and Gary Vaynerchuck, but those dudes keep schedules that are absolutely mind-boggling to me. They’re so in love with what they do (great!), so passionate about it (wonderful!) that they’ll work 20 hour days and talk about how much they hate sleep ’cause it just gets in the way of them living every second of their wonderfully passionate lives.

Yeah, cool story bro.

Lemme tell ya, I am not about to put myself in the leagues of the above mentioned but I juggle a fair few balls (two blogs, a magazine column, teaching spin seven times a week, training new spin instructors, a weekly podcast, blah blah blah) and if anyone were to ask me how do I do it, my honest answer would probably be…naps.

I love me a good nap. I can’t function without them. I’m known to plan my days and social functions around whether or not I’ll have time to nap.

You can keep all that ‘sleep is the cousin of death’ talk. Rest is important, yo!

I know my limits. I know what makes me productive. I know when I feel inspired (and when I don’t). It’s cool to be inspired by others, but don’t think for a second that emulating the way they got to their position is gonna pan out the same way for you.

We’re all different. Everyone’s just trying to make their way the best way they can. Are there times I could work harder? Absolutely. Are there times when I disappoint myself because the drive just isn’t in me that day? Yup. But that’s life. Especially as a creative person.

All of the things I do in my life are important to me. I’m really lucky to be able to make a living from doing the things I love. But you know what else is important to me? Talking to my parents on the phone, walking my dog, silly texts with friends, going to the cinema, binge watching whatever ’90s TV show I happen to be obsessed with at the time, going to galleries, brunching and just generally enjoying my life.

The Hustle is great and I’m not denying you have to graft and put the hours in, but you also have to live life. That’s important. You can’t just be obsessed with world domination. Balance is everything. All work and no play makes you a boring mofo.

So don’t beat yourself up if you just don’t feel like jumping on that hamster wheel and running yourself to death in pursuit of your dreams on any given day. Shit happens. You’ll have another day where you feel so inspired, nothing can stop you. Swings and roundabouts and all that.

Just make sure you make time for naps.

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