Hustle by Neil Patel – Don’t Rent Your Dreams!

4 August 2019


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Hustle wisely!

Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler was well written and motivational but lacked the specific examples about how to work hustle into your life. The main gist I got from the book is that too much dreaming leads to too little doing. For a beginner in the entrepreneurial world, it is a good book but not so much for someone who has been hustling for a long time.


But I say this about all books, ‘There are still nuggets of wisdom you might not be able to find anywhere else’. So if you love reading and practicing what you read then you might as well give this a shot. After all, it is a quick read as the writing is very easy to read. Here are a few major takeaways you can apply in your life now.


Define Hustle

A decisive movement towards a goal, however indirect, by which the motion itself creates luck, surfaces hidden opportunities, and changes our lives with more money, meaning and momentum.


It’s doing not the dreaming that gets you to where you need to go. Hustle is also not about getting everything you want at once. The book suggests taking bite-sized risks consecutively to achieve what you want. Hustle is about small every day wins. What you really want to do is stay on track and focused on one particular goal. Don’t get distracted by bad habits and people who will get in your way.


As one of the books I read by Kelsey Ramsden about success last year, Success Hangover says, you must get out of your daily comfort zone in order to grow, and in order to grow, even more, you must keep learning and experimenting.


How to Hustle


Success = hustle x luck x your unique talents


It’s crazy to think that we can be blind to our own talents. Do you truly know what you’re good at? If you haven’t figured it out then don’t be afraid of experimenting. The whole idea I like to spread to people is that a life filled with learning and experimenting will bring you success.


You have to start from somewhere and each of us starts from zero so you might as well get started on what you love, good at, and will bring you money.


You might also think that you’re strange and no one likes you. But that’s not true. There are bound to be people out there that like you for who you are. Plus you shouldn’t be setting out on your journey to please people. What you need to do is your uniqueness to your advantage.


The Biggest Takeaways

-Expose yourself to small doses of stress every day. Such as doing something new or getting a bit uncomfortable by introducing yourself to someone new.

-Momentum makes luck.

Start with what, finish with why.

-When you see your talent form, double down on it.

-Always keep your eyes open for opportunities in every conversation and interaction you have.

-Focus on completion of all your tasks. Make a deadline and follow through with it. The proof of your hustle is completion.

-Just get started on an activity. It’s what this book calls the 10-minute rule and what Atomic Habits calls the 2-minute rule.

-Build your superpower but don’t forget about the small things. Mediocre + Mediocre = Great ie. combine two things together to make something great.

-People are opportunities, jobs, companies. People are life. Without people, you have no chance of success.

-ABCs – Always be collaborating (and offering help).

-Always show proof of the work you have done in the past. Without proof, people will be less likely to hire you.


You influence your destiny through your daily actions

I have found through my personal hustle that the habits I have in my life have a big impact on how successful I am at what I do. The same should go for you. If you want to do a good job of hustling smartly then you need to make sure your daily habits are ones that will bring you closer to your goal.


Your journey isn’t done until the day you die. So don’t waste it on things that don’t bring you forward.


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Book Recommendations

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett

Success Hangover by Kelsey Ramsden

The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway

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  1. How long is Hustle? It sounds like a good starter book that you mentioned.

    2 November, 2019 at 12:37 pm

  2. It’s about 220 pages. It’s definitely a quick read but disappointed me personally as I was looking for something more in-depth. You might still like it as a beginner. It all depends on where you’re at in your journey.

    2 November, 2019 at 8:21 pm