Every teacher, learning institute or leader has their own approach.
There’s no such thing as an unbiased, totally objective and apolitical approach. So it’s best to understand the bias of your teacher. Here’s the Hustle & Heart approach – expressed best in our manifesto.
Hustle and heart (you need both). Hustle without heart is the mindless pursuit of profit above all else. Heart without hustle quickly burns itself out or doesn’t have to funds to make much of an impact. To make an enduring impact and ensure your good work ripples far beyond you, you need both hustle and heart, in business and in life.
Working for yourself is a privilege. Having the freedom to choose how you earn money and spend your time is a privilege. (It’s hard work too!) Remember this when the chips are down.
Make boldness your business strategy. Fitting in wins you no favours in business. Attitudes taught in school are largely unhelpful in when you run your own show. You need to be bold (your version of bold, nobody else’s) if you’re to thrive in business.
Curiosity and experimentation are essential. Advancements happen through perpetual curiosity, experimentation and continuous, incremental improvements. Fail often, fail fast. Stay curious.
Protect your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is an essential attribute and a major asset in business. Countless people will try to dampen yours – resist.
Passion, well-channelled, can save the world. Passion, like enthusiasm, is precious. It can move mountains, if moving mountains is what you’re focused on (and you’ve got a shit-tonne of help).
Fall down, get up, keep going. Resilience is essential in life. You have more than you may believe. Be your own cheerleader.
Beware of group think. Go against the herd if you want to be create real change, be memorable, and truly revolutionary.
Joy powers people powers business. People aren’t robots. We need to derive joy in business (not all parts, not all the time) to keep ourselves motivated and at the top of our game.
These beliefs and practices are central to my way of thinking, working and acting. I’ve developed these through the twin teachers of trial and error (the best around).