I was about 9 or 10 years old, in primary school (St Andrew Anglican Primary School). I remember on a daily basis, my peers will be selling different things at school at break time. Whether it was candies, cakes, tamarind balls, anything that kids in primary school will buy. The school sold snow ice, so every break time I purchased a snow ice and a cake or something else. One day I asked myself, why do I have to be the one always buying stuff. I wanted to get in on the hustle. There was a big tamarind tree close to my house, so I decided to pick tamarind and make tamarind balls. I asked my mom for one dollar to buy a pound of sugar, and it was game on.
I was recently having a conversation with some friends from the Caribbean, and the topic of brain drain arose. We were all university graduates who had migrated from the Caribbean, now living in Canada, with strong connections to our respective islands and a desire to make a difference in those islands. This started us thinking; why aren’t Caribbean countries tapping into the nationals living in different parts of the world?
According to Gary Vaynerchuk “If you really understand the meaning of those 3 words I truly believe most of you will change your behavior right now !!”
This morning casually having a conversation and just chatting, something came to my attention that angered me greatly; I had to write this. Someone mentioned that one of Grenada’s top photographers got an opportunity to go further his skills in China and another person who thought he shouldn’t have gotten that opportunity started raising hell. One of the statements that was made was that he just came on the scene two years ago more or less, so why is he getting that opportunity when there are people on the photography scene longer. Frankly I do not know any of the parties personally, however I had to address this because of the level of disrespect towards the hustle and towards the market.
Let’s get this clear, it doesn’t matter if you are black, white, Asian, 70 years old, 10 years old, if you had a business for the past 50 years or if you started 4 weeks ago. If you have the balls to put in the work necessary to build your brand and take your business to the next level the market will reward you. The most important word in business is hustle. You cannot and will not build a business or build your brand if you live for weekends, if as soon as 4pm you are done for the day and you go home to watch TV and go hang out with your boys. The market will respect and reward you when you put in the work necessary.
There are many talented photographers in Grenada and around the world for that matter, but talent is not enough, you have to put in the work. If you are sitting down at home with your talent while someone else is out there putting in the work to build their brand, that person will beat you every time. It is too easy today to market yourself and build your brand for free to waste your time trying to shit on someone else’s hustle when the market reward them with a win. The mere fact that someone was able to start their business 2 years ago and become one of the most successful and known personality in the industry means that everyone that was there before him sat back and let that shit happen. Being a great photographer is not enough, you need to have a business mindset and if you don’t know about marketing and branding then team up with someone who does, business is a team sport.
Entrepreneurs in Grenada and the Caribbean need to realize that they are not entitled to anything, so first of all get rid of this entitlement mentality. Your age does not entitle you to anything in business, the amount of time you have been in business does not entitle you to anything. You have to work, when everyone else is having fun, you should be working, you should be honing your craft. Hustle will always beat talent when talent doesn’t hustle. If you are complaining and going all out to degrade someone and belittle your competitors proves you have absolutely no idea about how business operates. Instead of complaining, focus on your shit, go out there and put in the work. If you want to get the opportunity to go China, put in the work, if you want more clients, put in the work, if you want to be well known in a particular industry, put in the work.
If you are not going to put in the work, if you are not going to hustle, if you prefer to watch Game of Throne, if you prefer to be out partying hard and having fun instead of working on your business then you have absolutely no right to talk and try badmouth someone who is doing it and being rewarded by the market. And the market consists of people, just in case you guys were thinking it’s some big bubble out there. If you disagree with all that I said no problem, take me up on it and I will take you to Hustle School Kimron Corion style!
Today I want to share some of the quotes I use to stay motivated in all aspects of business. Check them out and get inspired.
- Steve Jobs- When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
- Young Jeezy- I just think a hustler’s ambition is that I never stop. I start off hustling and said I’ll never stop hustling. An ambitious hustler is the one to hustle the hustlers. When I grew up, my heroes were hustlers. Now I’m their hero.
- Jim Rohn- Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
- Conrad Hilton- Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
- Sam Walton- There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
- Harold Geneen- In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Kim Garst- Legendary service is one of the criteria that sets one company apart from its competitors. It’s the mark of a truly authentic company – you just can’t fake caring!
- Aaron Lee- These days, social media waits for no one. If you’re LATE for the party, you’ll probably be covered by all the noise and you might not be able to get your voice across. It could only mean that if you want to be heard by the crowd, you have to be fast; and on social media, that means you have to be REALLY fast.
- Mark Zuckerberg- In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
- Bill Gates- Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.