Good morning, Believe Nation. Today’s message is hustle. Over to you R. Kelly.
“For years I street performed before I got my record deal. I was always on the streets with a little bitty keyboard.” – R.Kelly
With glasses on like I was Stevie Wonder. You know, hustling. You know, with a big chitlin bucket. I paid my rent and my mom’s rent off of street performing, but I would only do it three days out of the week.
Just three days, but I would be uh, uh. I can’t talk no more. I can’t even talk. Because I was like singing for like eight hours straight for people going to work and coming from work.
Then I hitchhiked to LA, but I lived on the beach. You know, cardboard box and big beach towels I slept on…
Interviewer: On the beach?
On the beach every day. But then I’d wake back up. When I wake up I sing again. Then I hitchhiked back to Chicago and then I got discovered. But I did all that for like six years, street performing.
“Hustle is at the back bone of every success.” – Evan Carmichael
You look at every successful person apart from like a handful. Every successful person. Hustle is a part of what made them get good.
Being a success is about providing value. How do you provide value? You have to learn how to get really good. The quantity leads to the quality.
Whatever you want you want to do. You want to be great on YouTube, You want to be a successful software developer, You want to be a pianist, an actor, an entrepreneur, whatever.
Whatever you want to do, it’s going to take time for you to get good.
And so many people give up way too soon. You want to be YouTube famous and you create seven videos and nobody watches them or leaves comments and you’re not getting the momentum that you thought you would, so you quit.
Seven videos is nothing! Look at R. Kelly. Six years of street performing. Six years of losing his voice. Hitchhiking. Not having enough money. Barely surviving. Six years.
Would you do that every day for six years?
Have you done that on your business? Think about the projects that you quit on. That you gave up on. Saying this is never going to work out. How long did you give it? A couple months? Six years!
This is why passion is so important. Cause there’s no way you stick with something for six years of barely eking by until you get overnight success discovered.
“There’s no way you stick at unless you love the work. And because you love the work, you put in the time and you get better at it.” – Evan Carmichael
You don’t deserve anything. You deserve exactly what you have. In business and in life. You deserve the relationships that you have.
You deserve the business that you have. You deserve the success that you have. That’s it. You don’t deserve any more. You want to go and get more? You have to go and get more.
Nobody owes you anything. I love the comments on my channel, and it’s out of love, people write in consistently saying, “Evan, you deserve to have a million plus subscribers “already. Or Evan, you deserve to have more views “on this video.”
I love it. I love the love. I love how much you guys love the content. And feel like I should be doing better. I love it. And listen, if I wasn’t making this channel, I would subscribe to this channel.
I love it too. But I don’t deserve to have a million subscribers yet. I don’t deserve to have X number of views on a video. Cause it’s not good enough yet. That’s okay. That’s the reality.
I am not creating that level of quality content yet. And I need to get better. I need to work harder. I need to improve. My rants need to get better.
The topics I choose need to get better. The editing needs to get better. Everything needs to get better. I deserve everything that I have right now, that’s it. If I want, if I want to push harder, then I need to go hustle to get more.
As soon as you start feeling like I deserve more, I put in work and I should be getting better results, as soon as you start blaming something else, you lose, you lose.
As soon as it’s somebody else’s fault, you lose. It’s your fault. You are where you are because of you. Accept the responsibility. Period.
And that may suck because it’s nobody else to blame, because it’s so easy to blame somebody else, but it’s also empowering. It also allows you to climb up. It also allows you to do something special and amazing.
And until you get there, you’re going to stay where you are. You have to be willing to put in the six years, and it’s not just six, it’s whatever it takes. Right, the 10 years, the 15 years of grinding and hustling and working to get better, to create a better product so that you can get overnight discovered.
Hustle, hustle, hustle. It’s every successful entrepreneur. If you want it too, you’ve got to hustle too. – Evan Carmichael
So the question of the day today is, I’m curious for those of you that have had a success, how long of hustling did it take to get there? And if you didn’t have a big success yet, how long have you been hustling?
I want timelines. I want to know how long you guys have been hustling or long it took you to get your first real big break.
Put it in the comments below. I’m going to join in the discussion. I also want to give a quick shout out to Dan Weiniger. Dan, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word. It really, really, really means a lot to me. Thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself. And whatever your one word is. And I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Nspresso.
♫ I wake up every morning. ♫ Espresso keep me going. ♫ Every morning.
As a quick bonus for you guys that want more motivation to hustle harder, here are some extra clips that I think you’ll enjoy.
Well, a lot of artists don’t know that they got to get on the god damn road and tour. You got to get the people knowing about you. Not just your hot single.
You got to get out there and politic. How do you politic? Through touring man. You know what I’m saying, merchandise. Do you got a shirt with your name on it? Do you got a hat with your name on it? You know these people are walking billboards. You know what I’m saying
You know, you got to get out there and politic. And that’s how we did it. Man, we just stayed on the road. If there were like seven people in the audience when we went, we didn’t say okay, we ain’t going back to San Diego cause there were only seven people there or we ain’t going back to New York cause we only had 10 people there.
We kept coming back and hammering ’em over the head. And the seven turned to 100. 100 turned to 500. You what I’m saying, to selling out every time we had to change venues. You know what I’m saying, you got to get out there and politic.
You got to get out there and tour. You got to get out there and sell your merchandise, man. And a lot of people, you know they ain’t going to tell you this, but it take a little money to start your own label. You feel me, it take a little money to start it. You know what I mean, so all you niggas selling that shit in the hood put it into something good.
So I’ma go hard no matter what cause I got to feed my family. And I got to feed myself. And if you notice something I snap, I’m trying to make it super clear.
When I get something to eat, it costs money to eat. Like, you got to pay the bill. Like if it’s a cheeseburger and it’s five dollars, it’s five dollars.
If it’s a filet mignon, it’s 35 dollars. You know, god forbid you want a lobster, it’s 45 dollars. And this is food, guess what. And I try to tell the young world, I don’t know why they not telling ’em, it cost’s money to eat.
So guess what you got to do? You got to get money. See it makes me mad that people try discourage people from getting money like it’s a problem. I ain’t create the system.
Interviewer: Right, right.
If it was free, I would thank you, you know what I’m saying. And then, so what I’m trying to say is we have to hustle, we have to get money. Like, you know teach the young world, work hard, strive hard, it’s okay.
“We have to hustle, we have to get money. Like, you know teach the young world, work hard, strive hard, it’s okay.” – DJ Khaled
I remember when I was younger they told me, “Khaled, you only going to get a Hyundai.” So I went and bought a Phantom.
You know what I’m saying like, that’s what I’m saying, if you want to wear a dope sneaker, what’s wrong with wearing a dope sneaker. Oh, it costs money, okay. Great, work hard. Like what’s the problem.
Interviewer: But they don’t want us to wear dope sneakers.
They don’t. And that’s the major key. They don’t want us to. So I’m letting you know straight up. They don’t want Big Boy to have the number one show in the country.
Interviewer: God damn it, but…
But, guess what? We got the number one show in the country.
Interviewer: Say that again!
A lot of people don’t realize is like, you got to work for something, you got to want it. I thank the man up above that I was able to change my life and do what I’m doing and got a second chance, but education, I educated myself.
Even though I was in the streets, I educated myself and I thank the man all the time. Like you know what, you got to have a good piece of mind, cause a lot of people they just want you to give ’em something.
Even these artists of the day, from artists to friends, everybody looking for a handout. Nobody really want to work no more, you know.
Interviewer: I feel the same way. A lot of interns and people like that. When we came up, we was busting our ass. And now people expect things.
Yeah, see people don’t know like I actually sold CDs out the trunk of my car. I went from city to city. You know now, you know guys will come and they look at a guy like me, man put me on.
You got a mixed tape and you want me to give you some money, I’m not giving you no money for no mixed tape. You know what I’m saying. A mixed tape is free.
You got to get your hustle. You got to build your brand. And then get the opportunity. – Master P
If I had the opportunity to get with a Master P or somebody. You know, but I guess this generation don’t want to learn. Like I said, everybody getting high now. You what I’m saying, the syrup is killing this generation.
Interviewer: A lot of people don’t recognize opportunity if there’s not a paycheck attached to it.
Yeah, some time you don’t have to work for the money. If you do what you got to do and you good at it, the money going to come. You got to love what you doing.
Jamie Foxx: I had to learn drive. That’s why I had my managers to teach me drive or to push me. Because you can relax. You can say oh I can do that or I could do that. But are you going to be that person? I know this person.
This person that calls me up, “Man, did you see what Denzel did in that movie man?” He said, “I could have…” And maybe he could have, but he doesn’t have the drive that Denzel. And so therefore if you don’t have the drive, then you never, you quit cultivating your talent.
Because once you rest and once you say it’s over, I’ve gotten to the mountain top, then your talent starts to dwindle too.
That’s why the minute the award season was over, I was at Wet Willy’s in Miami doing jokes for people just on the street.
And I was like, what what, just to see what would work. Jokes either about the Oscars or jokes about whatever. And then you go to Atlanta and work on your jokes there.
So that hustle, what I call hustle, is very important because at some point you’re going to be able to pull the hustle back just a little bit and then you pick your spots. – Jamie Foxx
The time right now is the hustle to set things up so that in the future you’re able to cut back just a little bit and just pick your spots.
What I would say hustle is to me is that when you have passion around something that you are squeezing every last bit of the juice out the orange, right.
“To me, hustle is maximizing the energy you’re putting into something.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
I’m blown away by people saying that they’re hustling and they want to achieve these great things. And then their actions don’t match.
It’s like saying you really want to lose weight while eating a Big Mac, right. So to me, hustle would be putting all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. And for me, that means making every minute count.
Hiring a full time assistant who is every… I mean Friday night didn’t happen because I was hustling like every minute. Like if I miss my 15 minutes to tape this show, I’ve missed my 15 minutes because there’s so much hustle in my day.
There’s no, you know, there’s no hanging out. There’s no time where like, if I get to do one joke with you guys as I’m walking in between meetings and we find that to be like a rare acquaintance situation.
Occurrence, not acquaintance. Hustle is putting it all on the line. Hustle is waking up one day, the day before you die, and realizing you gave it your all. The parenting of your children, the building of your businesses, the philanthropy that you wanted to do, whatever you define, it’s just all in emotionally and executionally. In theory and strategy and in execution.