If we’re facebook friends, chances are you’ve seen me post a lot of quotes about hustling.
: “Hustle until you no longer have to introduce yourself.”
: “Stay humble. Hustle hard.”
: “In the end, they will call you a lot of things. Just make sure hustler is one of them.”
: “Good things come to those who
wait work their asses off and never give up.”
: “The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”
And I could go on and on. The hustle has been my focus. “Eyes on the prize”, right? When I decided to go to beauty school, I knew it was going to take a lot of hard work to build a clientele and to make money. You are looking at a minimum of 3-5 years to build a steady clientele if you bust your butt for it. I knew it was going to take hustle. I knew it was going to take time, but I also knew it was going to be worth it. I was willing to sacrifice a lot to be successful in this industry.
I worked really, really hard- both in beauty school and in the industry thus far. I’ve been able to do a lot of things that most newer stylists haven’t even had the opportunity to do. And I’m proud of myself for that.
Yet, here I sit, in another state about to begin the building process again and reflecting on everything so far.
Y’all, I was exhausted and burnt out, and I didn’t even realize it. I was working a full time job in fast food that I hated and working 3 days a week doing hair in the studio. I was walking around like a zombie. I was feeling uninspired and trapped in a job I hated because the bills still had to be paid. I was still pushing through and “hustling”, but at what cost? I had already been in one car accident because of exhaustion.
There’s nothing wrong with working hard and achieving goals, but our focus has to be on the right things. My hustle became about being a successful hairstylist, and I was burnt out. I’ve had to shift my focus. My hustle is actually about making sure every person that leaves my chair feels beautiful and empowered, and there, I find my purpose.
What are you hustling for?