How to think like an entrepreneur and hustle your way to career success

Ever wondered how some people get ahead in their careers while others are left floundering by the sidelines?

Every time you get knocked down, are you left thinking that there might be something wrong with YOU?

Is it your work?

Is it your talent?

Is it your conscientiousness?

Is it your reputation in the company?

One way to get ahead and beat the naysayers is through a hustling mindset. As much as you are not an entrepreneur, a hustling mindset is such a great way to move forward in your career. 

What is hustling?

There seems to be a multitude of definitions of the word 'hustle' but in the world of work, let's just say that it's that energetic action you create when you persuade other people to follow your lead.

Whether that's through persuading a client to buy your product or service, to move a project forward, or to try out a new idea within the company.

Why do so many entrepreneurs hustle?

Hustling is a mainstay of entrepreneurs because they have to start from scratch. They've no experience in their field, no contacts, often no product or service, and certainly no testimonials. And to create something that people are going to buy into and put their trust in, they need to develop a voice and a brand.

And it's part of who they are.  

Entrepreneurs are go-getters, know what they want to achieve and don't wait for success to come their way. 

Why do YOU need to hustle?

You do not need to be an entrepreneur to hustle, and it's a great way to develop your career and achieve the success that you ultimately want.

If you’re not sure how to start honing your hustler status, these 8 ways can get you started.

9 ways to hustle yourself to career success

1 Set yourself goals

Where do you want to be in six months, one year, two years, five years? 

If you have an ultimate career goal, what is it? From there you can work backwards and develop the milestones you need to put in place to reach that goal. 

If you get stuck, you can research what experience people on LinkedIn with your dream career have. How did they end up where they are? What positions have they held? Can you gain any experience now in the company you are in? What else can you do?

And you can then get started on the goals you need to complete before the end of the year. 

2 Play to your strengths

You know where your strengths lie, so go and excel in them. 

You'll never be that businessman/woman extraordinaire and do absolutely everything under the sun - let's face it, you also need a life - so get to grips with what your strengths are and focus on improving those.

Once you've developed your expertise, you’ll be quick and able at producing your very best work. From there, it’s a self-fulfilling cycle of success and more success.

3 Create your own opportunities

Once you know where your strengths lie, and what you need to do to reach your goals, you can then look for the opportunities that will move your career forward. 

Does this mean volunteering to take on a project in a more managerial role? Does this mean finding out about a new way of working? Does this mean suggesting to implement new software to help your side of the company run more efficiently?

4 Take an educated risk

You've done the research. You've got data and hard facts to hand. So take a leaf out of an entrepreneur's book and take a bold risk. 

More often than not, it will pay off. 

5 Collaborate and connect

Connect with people in your company in different roles. If you were given an organisation chart when you started, you'll easily be able to understand the managerial structure and identify each person's role.

Email them and ask whether you could have a quick chat or coffee with them to find out more about what they do, what their responsibilities are, and get to know them a bit better.

Find out how the organisation works, what's working and what's not, and who are the key decision-makers within it. 

Connect with other people in your industry - you can do this with a little research on LinkedIn. 

The more people you meet and form connections with, the more opportunities will come your way.

6 Don't be afraid of saying people saying no

Entrepreneurship is all about rejection. There will always be people who think that your idea is terrible, or you don't have what it takes to get it off the ground.

But if enough people believe in you, you will get that project off the ground. And it might just take one yes.  

7 Fail hard and fast 

It's the only way you are going to know what's working and what's not. And learn from your mistakes.

8 Self promote yourself

Let others know about your achievements, and develop your online brand.

You could do this by posting updates and blog posts on LinkedIn, or creating a website to showcase your achievements, in much the same way a designer would create a website to showcase his or her portfolio. 

In this day and age, an achievement is not an achievement, unless everyone knows about it!

And remember to celebrate them as well!

9 Fake it till you make it

Pretend you're an entrepreneur. Get in the mindset, get in the zone. 

The 'As If’ principle states that if you want to feel a certain way, you should behave as though you are already there.

In a study on confidence at Columbia Business School, volunteers were asked to power pose, by putting their feet on the table, looking up or interlocking their hands behind the back of their heads. 

A second group were asked to adopt poses that weren't associated with dominance, such as placing their feet on the floor, their hands in their laps or looking at the ground.

After one minute, the power posers expressed a real boost in confidence whilst they had significantly higher levels of testosterone, proving that the poses had changed the chemical make-up of their bodies.

Next time you want to get into the entrepreneurial mindset, power pose away. 

Final thoughts

What step chimes with you the most?

What are you going to start to do first?

How are you going to hustle?

Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear your in-work hustling journey!


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