Respect The Hustle


Sun rises. A robot follows suit. The robot puts on a suit, and says goodbye to his son.

Thirty minutes later – no more, no less – the robot attaches itself to a larger machine, where it joins the gear-grinding for eight hours. No more, no less.

Robot returns home. There is a bracelet on the kitchen table. The robot picks it up, and attaches it to his robotic hand. Eight hours pass by. The evil time-stealing bracelet had gotten its fill of the daily victim.

Sun rises. As does the robot. This continues until the robot finally breaks down or runs out of time, like the Justin Timberlake movie.

Do You Think I’m Crazy?

Whether you are a student, 9-to-5’er, entrepreneur, or something else, there are all different ways to make sure you get the most out of your time on this planet, and create lasting memories alongside a lifestyle you can be proud of (and actually want!).

Here’s a list:

  • Swap music or silence during your morning commute for an audio book (if you drive or walk) or a physical book/e-book if you take public transport.
  • Educate yourself, listen to fantasy novels…whatever. Do something to enrich yourself, and pick a topic you’ll enjoy hearing about.
  • Instant boost of positive juices for the day, accelerated imagination and learning, and prevention of overplayed radio music that will forever repeat in your head the rest of the day (get out of my head already, T-Swift!). You can’t go wrong.

Take a few deep breaths. And relax. Please. Just once. Do it! Try it now. Then later. And, for the advanced, try to meditate for five minutes when you wake up or before you go to bed. I have a meditation challenge in San Diego in February, but have yet to graduate to consistent meditation, but I’m working on it too! Join me. At the very least, take a few deep breaths now and chillax, bro.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Speed Dating

Try a new class or experience. In October (actually, I did this on my 19th birthday) I took a free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and then went speed dating! While I haven’t done either again in the last three to four weeks, I may certainly return to each activity at some point, and whether I do or not doesn’t matter. What I’m getting at is that you need to continue experimenting with how you design your life so you can incorporate as much fun, flexibility, freshness, and intrigue into your time on this planet as possible.


Revisit the way you are designing your life. If you don’t like the way your masterpiece is turning out, start changing it. Baby steps first, then bigger steps.

You only have one life to live, and none of it should be wasted.

Long-term rewards are one thing, but sheer hatred of your job, life, or position in life is another when you do have the ability to experiment here and there to change things.