Desire More? Do More.
It seems like there are two camps on the Internet: those who love the hustle and those who hate it. So when I titled this article “Desire more? Do more.” I knew it might turn some people off (ig., the non-hustler-fans). But even if you’re in that camp, please hear me out…
First I want to clarify here that when I say “hustle” that really just means (to me): making my business a priority. And even within that definition, it also means knowing what things I need to work on first in order to reach my business goals – and then handling that shit.
To me, hustling doesn’t mean:
- smarmy business tactics.
- trying to sell things to people that they don’t want or need.
- working 80 hours a week.
Honestly? Sometimes “hustling” means I’m reading a book, or listening to a podcast as I paint (bonus points there for healthy mutli-tasking!) I would say that nearly half of my time spent “working” (or hustling) is really time spent learning, so I can be the best version of myself as I dedicate myself to helping others.
So, to me, hustle doesn’t necessarily mean HARD work. (Though, I will admit that learning WordPress was hard for me! Haha!) But seriously, it’s more about a concentrated intention on my business. (Ie., not having 24 tabs open on my computer, trying to focus on one thing at a time, and getting that thing done, and the next, and so on.)
When you’re just starting out (by that I mean, say, the first year or two) there’s a lot more involved in setting up a well-oiled and profitable business than there is in maintaining that business’s growth later on. Plus all the learning curves you will inevitably have to go through as you start and grow your business will take time and effort.
When I first started taking my online business seriously — and to the next level — in the Fall of 2014, I had a serious conversation with my fiancé. I told him that if I was really going to do this, there were going to be some sacrifices in the beginning. I would be working long days and
some (okay, most) weekends.
But after getting things up and running, I got to a point where I could comfortably work 4-7 hours a day, usually five days a week (sometimes still 6 or 7 days a week, tbh – but weekend days were more like 1-3 hours of work).
But then I pivoted that business into what is now Creating Beautifully. And because it’s almost like a brand new business, I think I forgot I’d have to start the hustle all over again. Because I was still working those 5 or 6-ish hour days, but the business was growing very slowly.
I decided I had to pick things up and get back to my hustle!
So I did it. And now I’m building my amazing creative business by helping others do the same! Because I desired more, I’m doing more, too.
What about you? Do you desire more? If so, what does that mean for you? More sales? More time for making your art? Starting a blog? I’d love to know how I can help you reach the next level.
P.S. If the “Desire more? Do more.” idea resonated with you, you might want to grab my printable poster, which is now on sale for just two bucks! (Normally $4.99). (It’s also available in my Etsy shop.)