This post was sponsored by vitaminwater. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I’m all about empowering young people to do awesome things.
I think as a generation, Millennials and Gen Y want to make things happen.
We want to make BIG THINGS happen.
We want to make a difference.
We no longer really care for working for someone else and climbing that corporate ladder, but that’s not really news.
As a result of that mindset though, we’re seeing more and more young people pursuing their dreams of being entrepreneurs.
So we’re hustling.
All the time.
Because in order to gain that freedom of self-employment, there’s a lot of work involved, and often, a lot of money.
Which is exactly why I was so happy to learn that earlier this year, Vitamin Water invited aspiring entrepreneurs to submit their projects to www.projecthustle.com for a chance at potential funding.
How great is that?
So when Vitamin Water asked me to be a part of this campaign, I was obviously thrilled to participate.
Because campaigns like this really make a difference.
And because I know how hard it is to work on your hustle.
You know, I often tell people that I”m a blogger, and I get looks like, “Oh, that’s so cute. What a nice little hobby. You write. Good for you…”
But what a lot of people fail to understand is just how much effort is involved in maintaining a blog.
I mean, sure, it’s easy to start one. But to keep it up? Ask any blogger you know…it sure isn’t easy.
Only after three years have I started to see income, and now, more than ever, I’m motivated to keep taking my blog to the next level.
But take today, for example.
Today, I’m on vacation.
I’m visiting Joe in Ft. Walton since he’s here for some work training.
And really, all I want to do is sleep all day and hang out by the pool.
But I can’t, because I’ve got deadlines and posts to write.
Instead, I woke up around 7:45am, grabbed some free continental breakfast, and headed out to the beach.
And yes, I WROTE at the beach. (AND worked on my non-existent tan.)
But even when I’m not on vacation, my life is one giant crazy mess.
I work a full-time job from 8am -4:30pm.
I usually don’t get home till about 5:30pm since I’ve got a pretty long commute (Miami traffic is unbearable).
Then, on some days, I go to CrossFit with Joe (which is where we met, by the way, in case you were wondering.)
And by the time I get home, shower, and eat some food, sometimes it’s not until about 9 or 10pm that I can sit down to work on my blog.
And at that time, I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Like this guy…
But then I catch up on my e-mails and I read the comments that readers have left on my posts, and I remember exactly why I’m doing this.
And that gives me the fuel to keep going.
Because your hustle never stops. Your hustle’s a part of you.
And whether you’re an artist or a writer or have a business that you want to get started, you know what it’s like to have a million ideas in your brain every second of your life.
Yes, it’s hard work, but I hope you all have the strength and the courage to go after what you want.
Technology’s made it so much easier for us to go after our dreams.
You can Google just about anything, learn something new via YouTube, and you’re able to connect to millions of people instantly via social media.
You can chat with professionals in your industry via Twitter.
And now, you can even see what people across the world are doing this very minute via Periscope.
You can have an idea and put it out there for the world to see…
And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s really really awesome.
So if you have a minute, pick up some Vitamin Water and head over to Project Hustle to vote for one of these amazing 10 finalists. If you had a dream like this, wouldn’t you want people helping you out?
Any thoughts on this campaign? Digging it as much as I am? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me… what’s your hustle right now.
Books on blogging to help you take your blog to the next level:
- Building A Framework
- Blog, Inc.
- Creative, Inc.
- How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul
- 365 Blog Topic Ideas: For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing To Write About
- Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career, Rock Social Media
- Crush It
- Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
Books to help you deal with your twenties:
- 101 Secrets For Your Twenties
- Life After College
- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter & How To Make The Most of Them
- Adulting: How To Become A Grown Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
- All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and A Freaking Job!
Other stuff you might like:
- Generation Y Redefines Success
- How To Be Rich in Your Twenties
- The 5 Most Valuable Lessons Grad School Taught Me
- Pursue a Lifestyle, Not a Job
- Why It’s Okay to Be Excited About the Awesome Stuff You’re Doing
- Why We Need to Get Over Our Fear of Rejection
- Don’t Wait, Be Happy Now
- The 5 Best Investments You Can Make in College
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