There was this musician my former husband and I really liked. When we’d hear of her playing in town with her band, we’d make a point go and enjoy. She was a little grungy, a lot talented and played rock like it came straight from her soul’s connection to spirit.
One day, my then husband came home from working in one of the neighboring cities and he shared he had seen our favorite musician working at a sandwich shop near his work site. We were surprised, we had seen her only in her element, working her guitar and pushing her passion through to the audience. Making sandwiches seemed…weird. And truthfully, it made us uncomfortable. I wondered if she was embarrassed at having to work another job, and what was happening with her music if it wasn’t supporting her?
I could not have been more clueless.
My life at this point had me making a six figure income and combined incomes had us pushing multiple 6 figures. We had little worry about in the material realm and tended to be extravagant. The tips we’d give musicians, artists, servers and the like were simply part of our lifestyle, what as expected. Though we had both grown up without much, we had become accustomed to having.
She was simply working the hustle.
I didn’t know it at the time, but seeing our musician on both sides – the stage and the sandwich shop – it was water on the seed of my own calling.
Since then, life has gotten different. I have returned to my roots in many ways and created new ones in so many more. In the course of creating 5 businesses, and closing three of those, I have learned a few things about following your calling as a business and what it can take sometimes to keep the faith and do what it takes to work the hustle.
- A part time job can be your best friend.
I recently took two. One is very synergistic with my coaching –the lead coach in The Wealth Creation Institute for Intuitive Business Coach Michael Mapes. I lead the WCI social media group and do the private coaching appointments for the group. The second is as a merchandiser where I stock a company’s product in a store account. It is oddly fun and I get a unique experience of watching all sorts of people at all kinds of hours. Observing humans IS my favorite spectator sport.
The first time I ran into someone I knew when I was doing my merchandising job, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed and wondered if they’d react to me the same way I reacted to my musician those years ago. And then I kicked my inner bully to the curb and embraced what I was really doing: Whatever it takes to keep pursuing my dream and gathering experience along the way.
Both of these jobs provide me incredible insight and perspective I can use in my writing, in my glass, in my own growth and in my practice. In a choice between abandoning my calling and doing what it takes to keep going, I choose keep going. I believe so heartily in my calling to partner with others, to inspire others to create the life they love, and creating functional glass art, that I will do what it takes to keep moving it forward – working the hustle.
- Haters gonna Hate
Yep, you will have naysayers. There will be voices in your life that attempt to crush your energy. Usually these voices fall into one of two categories: people who are too afraid to do it themselves or people who are faking following their dream and are afraid of exposure through the mirror of your authenticity.
These people can be both in your face and passive aggressive. In both cases your reaction is the same: keep going. Keep pursuing what you want, they only get the power you give them and you can choose to give them none.
There is a third hater voice you might hear, your own inner bully. Overcoming this hater can be the hardest because it goes right for your deepest insecurities. This is exactly where external perspective of a coach or another trusted source can be vital to keep you on track.
- Focus equals flourish. Fear equals failure.
Where you focus flourishes, it will grow under your attention and nurturing. This is important because if you are focusing on the administrative side of your business only, you will not grow sales or gain clients through marketing. If you are an artist and all you do is create and never showcase your work or go public with it for sale, you will never sell it. There are multiple pieces of the puzzle of being in business for yourself and each must be focused on in turn.
Fear is a terrible decision maker. Inaction in the face of fear is tantamount to failure. When you let fear take the driver’s seat, your focus on everything else becomes moot. Fear may be always present, what matters is the role it plays in your life. Is it the muscle bound monkey on your back, or is it the fly buzzing around, the one you can smack with a proper swatter?
You choose what you focus on. As I work multiple jobs these days, this has become crucial. To line up what I need to focus on and when I smack fear down and simply focus. I am present whichever job I am working: merchandising, coaching in my practice, coaching for someone else, working in my studio on my torch, or parenting my son. I have to be ruthlessly present, ruthlessly focused and passionately dedicated to doing the best I can in each place.
What does all this mean to you? Well, where are you? Where do you find the parallel in what I described above?
Meditate or journal with these questions if you are a dedicated entrepreneur who sees him or herself in the words above:
- Would a part time job enable me to continue to pursue my calling?
- Who are the naysayers in my life and how can I make them less effective?
- What am I focusing on? Is it getting me where I want to be? What action can I take now to shift the energy and the results?
Hustle is hustle, it is energy and focus and motion and taking action. Your actions define you more than your words, much more. Your calling demands action from you, working the hustle however it manifests. There are many more aspects to working the hustle – what are yours?
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