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Recently I posted this wonderful piece from Forbes about the importance of not just hustling… but understanding the truth of what outstanding hustle really is. Per the iconic dance of the 70’s (thank you kindly, Van McCoy & The Soul City!!) “hustling” is associated with constant movement… largely of the hip-thrusting variety.

What this article calls out is the distinction between being a true hustler, and being a grinder (let’s not talk about that dance). The grinder, in essence, being one who moves frenetically at any cost, while the hustler is the reflector. The thinker. The one determining the direction in which to move, strategically speaking.

But what’s missing for me at least, is the answer to this: What if I’m a grinder, but I’m ready to hustle? How do I start to put that into practice? And must there be a disco soundtrack playing in the background? (Here’s hoping not!)

In the same vein, I was listening recently to an episode of the podcast Where There’s Smoke, entitled A New Type of Hustle (Stillness). And I had some disco-ball-moments (my 70’s version of the light bulb). I’ve reflected on them, and have captured below my interpretations of the ideas with the greatest resonance for me personally.

      The key to great outcomes is understanding more versus doing No disrespect to the doing – it still matters. But constantly doing, without finding moments of stillness, reflection, and re-focusing efforts on the right spots, will only yield stuff. Busyness. So find moments to pause. Schedule them. Hold yourself accountable. Greatness happens in moments of noticing and perceiving.

Today we have access to more ideas and information than ever before. So continuing to build that arsenal isn’t the challenge. The opportunity is to make sense of it – spend time finding connections, drawing insight. This is about processing versus consuming.

Ask yourself how CAN I versus how SHOULD I do something? Reframing a question this way pushes us to reflect on resources and information at hand. “Should” is about the tried and tested. “Can” is about the opportunity; the possibilities.

Great and true hustlers are the ones with the utmost composure in moments of chaos. As the host of this podcast advises, less grit, more grace. So now, I’ve digested the podcast, reflected, and captured my favorite nuggets in this piece. I’m going to call this Step One on the path to being a true hustler!