Early in my life, I learned how to hustle. You’ve heard the phrases “Do the work, get paid“, “You don’t work, you don’t eat,” and my favorite, “Make that money, don’t let it make you.” Money, money, money, monnneey! It’s the basis of our economic structure. And yes, in most people’s eyes, it comes with great respect. You can’t deny that.
But there was a time when fair trade was the basis of the world’s economy. (That was some time ago, but there was a time according to history) When a farmer would trade his crops for wood from a lumberjack. A basket weaver traded baskets for clothing from a seamstress. And so on.
Of course, money can buy you the things you want and need. It’s worrying about it. That’s the problem. Also, spending more than you make.
Now I’m no financial expert or economic guru, but my father taught to us not worry about the money, just do the work. If done with integrity and consistency, the money will come. I used to say to myself “Pop’s trippin!”
Because growing up, that was confusing to me, according to what was happening out in the field. I mean, come on now, we all worry about money, right? Well, in my upbringing, that was wrong. The keyword is worrying.
My father told me a story about how he learned to manage finances and how it is key to building wealth. He said there was a time when he was knee deep in debt and bills. Just living week to week with the same routine of making and spending. He realized he was working for nothing and if he kept up this routine, he would retire with nothing.
So, he started a monthly budget of the money coming in and the money going out. After paying bills, food and other necessities, there was an enormous amount that was miscellaneous.
In other words, he didn’t know where or what he had spent that money on. And after a few months of analyzing what was being spent, the miscellaneous turned into savings and eventually investments and retirement funds.
How to hustle in 2021?
Here is my Fathers philosophy on how to hustle 2021 and beyond:
“As we emerge from our shelters (cocoons) in 2021, transformed by the mass effects of Covid-19 virus, we will notice the changes that have been developing this year and we will have to adjust accordingly.”
“For those of us seeking to prosper, we must focus on our natural talents and develop multiple skills to succeed in the age of Covid. Things have changed and not since the beginning of the 20th century has opportunity present itself in abundance.”
“Just look around and witness the potential. Investing, entrepreneurship, self employment and freelancing are at the front of a lot people’s minds. The world of the internet is exploding with people staying home finding ways to use it.”
“Find your niche and perfect it. Market it. And if you find it difficult, seek and invest in professional advice or consulting.”
“COVID has shown us we’re all on this gigantic ship together, traveling in space and time. You can focus on the past, ground yourself in the present, or embrace the future. The choice is yours. Choose carefully. The time is now. Don’t wait for Covid to go. Because when it’s gone, the early bird will have the success!”