What It Actually Means to ‘Hustle’ and ‘Grind’

You’ve been to a public pool before, right?

Normally the scene of summertime fun, if you keep your eyes peeled, you’re likely to spot something interesting …

Whether it be at the edge of the deep end, atop the high dive or in line for a high-speed waterslide, more often than not, there’s a small child who’s hesitant to take the next step.

Simply put, they’re afraid of the unknown.

Sure, it’s been years since you’ve had these kinds of fears, but even full-grown adults are prone to standing at the edge of the proverbial pool, waiting for the perfect moment to take the plunge.

Sound familiar?

If so, now is the time to throw caution to the wind, first identifying what you want from life, and then doing anything and everything to make it happen.

The secret?

It’s simple, straightforward and easy to remember—hustle and grind.

But today, instead limiting the action-inducing phrase to cheap t-shirts, Instagram hashtags and mind-numbing buzzwords, let’s delve deeper, internalizing what it means to hustle and grind.


If you’re a fan of Al Pacino and “Scarface,” in your mind, this term might have more to do with making a quick buck than anything else. And while the dictionary might somewhat agree with you, there’s more here than meets the eye …

For the authentic 5am.er, hustle is about discovering your niche—something you can earnestly pursue, no matter how unmotivated, tired or frustrated you feel.

From there, a true modern-day hustler finds a way to make their passion the outlet through which they build the life they’ve always wanted.


Think about it—without knowing the end from the beginning, you’re stuck doing what most of society chooses to blindly accept …

Going through the motions.

Connect with incredible people, read good books, attend seminars, conferences or even collegiate job fairs—it doesn’t matter …

Starting today, do whatever it takes to find your life’s calling, and then commit to it.


Margaret Mead, an American anthropologist, author and speaker, once famously said, “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”

This isn’t quantum mechanics, people …

Having hustled, you might be pointed in the right direction, but now is the time to prove your worth by getting up, getting dressed and getting to work.pexels-photo-66363

Ignoring hard work doesn’t make it go away.

Grinders know this, and immediately begin using their own God-given creativity, drive and determination to begin paving the path that hustle originally helped them find.

Hustle + Grind = Success

It’s a simple formula, but one that few people are ever able to fully master.

Oftentimes, wannabe 5am.ers dominate hustle, only to then discover that having to grind their way to results isn’t as glamorous as it is in the movies.


Or, on the flip side of things, the effort is there, but without any concrete direction, it’s aimless.

Continually give both all that you’ve got, and in time, success will rightfully be yours.

Wrapping Things Up

Far too many people are obsessed with the appearance of success. Using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, they do their best to present a side of themselves they’ve yet to have earned.

5am.ers recognize the importance of looking the part, but having the substance to back up the message they transmit, as well.

As buzzwords, “hustle” and “grind” are little more than letters on a page …

When given the blood, sweat and tears that they deserve, however, they’ll transform you into the kind of man you’ve always hoped to become—a legitimate 5am.er.