There is no straightforward answer for the key to success. I wish their was a simple equation that you could follow and BAM you would become successful.. Wouldn’t that be nice?
In an ideal world, it would be great. I can’t give you an exact formula, but I do believe these 4 h’s have a lot to do with who becomes successful and who does not.
Hustle. Humble. Hungry. Honesty.
In your twenties there is a constant battle between knowing what you want to do and feeling completely lost. We have countless ambitious ideas, and we are eager to make them happen.
There is a old soul that took residence inside of me a long time ago, so sometimes its weird when I respond to question: How old are you? And the honest answer of 20 years old stumbles off of my tongue.
I am reminded daily that I have so much time to figure things out and make mistakes, yet I feel the need to have everything worked out. Part of the reason for that urgency, is because I am a dancer and my time line is strikingly different from other young adults.
I don’t know if that urgency will ever go away, and I don’t think it needs to. I believe it is healthy to have a drive to want greatness and it is a quality that all successful people have.
On my hunt to acquiring more knowledge and jumping into this new, but exciting water of entrepreneurship, I have heard these words thrown around ALOT: Hustle. Hungry. Humble. Honesty. And I thought to myself… is this the key to success? Have I found the important parts to the equation!
These 4 words, the 4 h’s, hold volume. These four words are essential in your girl boss toolkit, and it will help you if you ever feel lost or displaced. I called these the foundational tools that no matter what should be in your pocket, and they will be there when you are poor and struggling and successful and wealthy.
This word gets thrown around constantly. “You need to be on your hustle and grind.”
How often have we heard that one?
We all hear it, and its so redundant that I hope it doesn’t lose its value. I equate hustling to the work.
You have to put in the work in any field to reach where you want to be. In our age with social media, we see people broadcast their hustles and we doubt ourselves because we are not doing what they are doing or we are not where they are. Don’t worry about them.. Your work should speak for itself and it will speak for itself. Not everyone talking about how they are making it happen is actually making it happen. Sometimes it is the people who stay quiet, do the research, and put in the hours that come out on top.
Needless to stay I don’t think we should deny the powers of social media because I think it is an amazing tool to connect with audiences and show your journey.
But, the importance is not what you post or what the next person posted: its the work.
Get Up Early
That means getting up a hour or two earlier to work out, write, eat, mediate, or do whatever you need to do to prepare yourself for the day.
Do you know most successful people wake up early? I’ve always wondered why all successful people have this in common… I think the top reason is because they are far from lazy. They don’t allow their fatigue to overpower them and get in the way of what truly matters: the work.
Here is an article I found on Why Productive People Wake Up Early.
Put in The Time
“Rome was not built overnight.”
You won’t get instant success overnight and honestly you should not want instant success overnight because it will be meaningless. Success feels so rewarding because of the sweat and tears we put in to making it happen. Putting in the time means being someone’s intern, working your way up the ladder, being in school, taking classes, working trivial jobs, reading books, listening to podcasts, etc… Whatever you need to do to learn the works of the career you want to get into by preparing your mind and body. You cannot expect someone to hire you or take you seriously if you don’t have the experience.
Invest your money and invest in yourself.
You shouldn’t be frivolously spending your money when you are trying to become successful. You should be saving and investing as much as possible because it will be on of your greatest assets. You want to be in control of your money and not allow your money to control you.
When you develop smart financial habits and save your money, you will have the funds to invest in yourself. Take a course, go to a conference, meet your mentor.
You want to align yourself with people who have made it or have the same drive as you. Maybe those people live in the same city as you or maybe they don’t. Do you need to move or take a few trips so you can align yourself with these people?
These are all crucial questions that can truly determine your fate, but they are not possible if you are living from paycheck to paycheck.
Do you want it? Are you willing to wake up early, put in the extra hours, miss a few social events, or lose some sleep because you genuinely want it?
No one is going to hand feed you anything besides your parents, and there even comes a time when they have to let go. No one is going to force you to want it because they can find someone else who fits the job and is 10x as hungry.
I think being hungry is admirable, as long as you are not that crazy, backstabbing, selfish person who cannot see anyone else succeed except for them. Yea, don’t be that person. That person isn’t nice and he or she doesn’t do well in the long run.
So, keep being hungry and passionate, but remember there is a place for all of us to excel. I believe what is meant for you is meant for you, so being nasty and sabotaging someone else to get to the top won’t help.
I respect and admire successful people so much more when they are kind and humble.
I wanted to start with the dictionary definition of humble because I use the word so much and so casually, but I never really looked at the definition.
But, please understand my disappointment and disapproval of how the dictionary defines the word humble.
-not proud, submission, low in hierarchy, low estimate of one’s own importance, not arrogant
This is definition is negative and discrediting. I agree that humility stems from not being arrogant; however, you can still think highly of yourself and your worth.
I don’t believe humility means you are not proud of yourself and I know plenty of successful people who are far from the bottom of the hierarchy who are humble.
Humility is not defined by your level of success, but your actions and how you present yourself. And I actually think people’s lack of humility is much more apparent when they are very successful.
People will be more inclined and happy to work with you if you are humble and kind. Your work might get you in the door but your actions and how you present yourself ensure whether or not you stay.
First, you need to be honest with yourself.
Are you happy with the life you have?
Do you love what you do?
Are you simply trying to please others?
If you are not honest with yourself, then unfortunately you will live a life full of regrets.
You also need to build honest, healthy relationships with other people. I grew up hearing in my Jamaican household, “No man is an island.” It is crucial to align ourselves with like-minded friends and mentors. I love my alone time and I see myself as a very independent person, but I absolutely love being inspired by my friends and mentors. We learn from other people and we need people to hear our ideas and give us feedback.
So, how are these 4 h’s the key to success?
You need to have that hunger and hustle to get your foot in the door and make your way up the ladder in your niche. It is all about the work you put in and the quality of the work you produce.
Part of becoming successful and maintaining success, is your ability to create and maintain relationships with your audience and influencers. Here is where being humble and honest comes in. You should be a person people want to work with. It will be a lonely and unsustainable road to the top if you cannot establish connections with other people.
If you find that you are having issues developing relationships with people in your field, then take a comment and be honest with yourself. Is your attitude holding you back? Are you reaching out to the right people? Are you displaying the best image of yourself?
So, I cannot offer an equation, but I can say these four things will help you become successful. ‘
What I can say is to be conscious if you are working on these four things daily 🙂
Over to you! Would you agree with these 4 h’s or do you have any other suggestions to add?