Hustle: Part Two

Earlier this week, I talked about my personal hustle and asked you to define the word for yourself.  Now that you’ve had time to think about it and hopefully have come up with your own definition, I want to share a little more detail about how I hustle.  You see this term is thrown around so loosely these days that the meaning is sometimes blurred. For me however, it is very clear.

Many times during the last two and a half years I’ve been asked, “What do you do all day now that you don’t have a ‘real’ job anymore?” You see, the biggest misconception with network marketing is that it’s not a “real” job. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. This is my only job that I make real money at. It puts food on the table, pays my mortgage, for my daughter’s dance lessons, for family vacations and that’s just the start.

Now to many it appears that I am always on vacation, shopping or galavanting, but I’m actually busier now than when I did work full time for someone else. How? I work hours when others sleep; lots of them.  I’ve learned to become super efficient so that I can work when I choose. That’s the beauty of working for yourself. Yes, I take more time off, but I can promise you that I work double time before and after to make up for it.  

It’s a known fact that I’m a mom, a wife and a business owner.  Like many of you, I too wear tons of other hats. I’m a chauffeur, a mentor, an encourager, a mediator, a therapist, a makeup artist, a customer service representative, a chef, a housekeeper, and part time mail carrier. Oh and that’s just on a Tuesday before lunch.  No, I don’t wear makeup every day, dress up or go to an office, but I hustle.

While building this business and sustaining it, I have made many sacrifices.  Quiet rides in the car or listening to the radio were replaced with phone calls and podcasts.  Lunch with my then work friends was spent sending and returning emails, providing customer service and helping team members navigate their businesses.  Days off of my regular job were filled with educating myself on products, one on one consultations and home parties.

See, none of this “just happened.”  I’ve not always lived comfortably nor did I get lucky.  I worked for it. Period. So for all the doubters, skeptics and those who ridicule, you are entitled to your opinions. While you’re judging, I’ll be over here building my family’s legacy, hustling every day.  Remember, nothing worth having comes easy.

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