How to Hustle

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Your success can be measured by sweat.

Hustling is not a dirty word. In fact it is a necessary thing to continue to grow and progress in your craft.

Here are four tips on how to hustle:

Ralph Ramson says it like this:

Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.

  • The Worm: Simply put, the early bird gets the worm. No matter if you are a morning person or not, you have to be awake when people are awake. If you are not waking up before or around 7:30 and getting your day going, you are not hustling. Sorry, you can disagree with me all you want. But people have a life, they have a job, and they are doing there thing long before you roll out of bed at 10am. Do not forget, you are not 17 years old any more.
  • Cheat: No do not cheat your way to the top. Instead cheat your time. Use your spare time wisely. If you are at the grocery store, listen to a podcast. If you are going to the dentist, bring a book. If you are taking a long drive, listen to an audio book. Use the time that is available to get ahead and to grow.
  • Subscribe: The internet has a plethora of information in its grasp. Trying to find all the useful and beneficial information is overwhelming. But if you can use the internet to work for you and not against you, things get a lot easier. One form of hustling is to further your understanding and knowledge about things of interest. If you want to be a better designer you better read all the design blogs. If you want to speak better start subscribing to the video podcast of great communicators. You get the idea, whatever you are interested find the places people are talking about them and start to engage.
  • Notice: One of the biggest things that can bring your hustle game up a couple of notches is to notice others. This sounds pretty obvious and yet is one of the hardest things to do. Paying attention to others and asking questions will help you become more connected and informed then you could imagine. All from paying attention to others.

These are just four of the many things on how to hustle.
Check out this post from  Stephen Brewster called Don’t Knock the Hustle . Read it here

You have any tips on how to hustle?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Geek for Him

    Love the bit about cheating your time. I pray daily to be able to use my time to the best I can. It rarely happens but when it does, it’s awesome!

    Thanks Kyle for sharing!

    • Kyle Reed

      Well and I think you hit on something huge on your blog the other day (and everyone needs to go and check out this post read it here: about not cheating your family. That is huge.

      I love that example and how you were aware of this.

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  • Michael

    You touched on many things and made some awesome points. I too am an early riser. I typically start my day at 4:30 AM and I’m checking what’s going on, on the web at about 5:30 AM. It comes from an insatiable desire to learn and be stretched by people’s ideas.

    When you talked about the dude in the coffee shop, I really related to that too. I know you didn’t necessarily make this a ministry video, but what you did is ministry. It’s taking a true interest in somebody else. Sometimes it leads to more conversation and sometimes it doesn’t, but I promise you that they guy will remember you and has probably told people that a young guy (you) came up and started talking. Good stuff my friend.

    • Kyle Reed

      exactly, and that is what i love.

      and 4:30am, you are the true hustler.

  • kevin

    Word. Though stressful, the hustle is also a lot of fun. Trying to get this biz off the ground, I end up working until about 11 every night (taking off from 5-8 to hang with the family until my son goes to sleep). I know that competitors aren’t working then. They do their thing from 8-5 and call it a day. I’ll take any advantage I can get. It works out, because my wife is a photographer so she is usually editing during that time. It pushes both of us.

    Good stuff man.

    • Kyle Reed

      great stuff. you are doing it and will continue to do it.
      And you are right, I do not know of very many people doing what you are doing and engaging like you are in the Oklahoma area. Go get em

  • Jay

    One of the things I have learned over the years is importance of good time management. It even applies when hustling.

    People often put their to-do list together and just make this one long list and then often go nuts trying to get everything done on that list for the rest of the day. Then people start “multi-tasking” when they find don’t have time for every single item without combining some of them. My view on that is this: If you’re multi-tasking, all it means is that you’re doing multiple things half-assed just to get them done.

    Prioritize your to-do list. Have a master list with the things that absolutely have to get done. If other things don’t get done until the next day or even the day after, then so be it.

    • Kyle Reed

      that is a great word Jay. I totally understand that. I am bad at that. I have my list, but ned to get better with my time. Good stuff.

  • Adam

    I think noticing others is very important. Especially noticing the things that are making people you admire great.

    Awesome post!

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  • John Saddington

    why is waking up at 7:30 hustling? the time you wake up has nothing to do with working hard or “hustling.”


    • Kyle Reed

      it more has to do with being up when people are up. If you are interacting with people you got to be awake when they are awake.