Hustling is a word that usually carries a bad connotation. When most people think of the word, they think about dealing drugs, conning people, or doing something unethical. But hustling isn’t always a bad thing; many entrepreneurs have succeeded because they are hustlers.
Kamran Pourzanjani, the founder of PriceGrabber.com, which sold for $485 million, used to sell $150 knife sets door to door. This may seem like an easy thing to do, but twenty years ago $150 was a lot of money. Being an immigrant to the United States did not slow him down one bit. He did whatever it took to survive and his aggressive nature helped him to succeed.
Jermaine Griggs, who made millions teaching people how to play the piano online, grew up in the ghetto. Because his family struggled for money, he had a hunger to make money. At the age of twelve he signed up to be an Avon sales representative, while other men probably would not have done this due to the fear of being made fun of. Jermaine’s attitude towards making money, and his courage to ignore what others thought of him, helped him create a three million dollar company, all while he was in college.
Stephan Spencer, the founder of Gravity Stream, started his company at the age of twenty-three, even though he had to support a family. Although he didn’t have much money to start his company, he didn’t let this deter his success. He used to volunteer at marketing conferences so that he could meet large companies that would, hopefully, become clients of his. Flash forward to today, and now his company is making millions of dollars a year by servicing companies like the Home Shopping Network, Northern Tool, Cheap Tickets and Skechers.
Hopefully these three individuals will change your opinion on hustling. There is nothing wrong with doing whatever it takes to succeed, as long as what you are doing is ethical and legal. Don’t let anything stand in your way and be proud of what you had to go through. For example, I never regret the fact that I spent three months selling $1600 vacuums door to door, and made no sales. That experience in life helped me get where I am today.
Now go out there and start hustling!