“Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin
No, it was not the quote of the day, and I’m quite certain I haven’t come across this one until today. It made me look twice when I flipped the quote calendar, then piqued my interest.
We’re all familiar with the quote that states, “Good things come to those who wait.” Maybe we didn’t challenge that when our parents or teachers tossed it at every disappointment to come our way yet in hindsight, what a passive statement. It’s a false promise of sorts, not intentional by any means, but it states that if we sit back and do nothing – just wait – good things will happen.
I never bought that. It’s right up there with the word ‘hope’.
I do hope for world peace, because it’s not looking good, and I can’t make it happen – despite my daily contributions.
I do hope the sun will shine tomorrow, because I’ve no control over that either.
And I hope that my loved ones live forever – that’s where hope stops, because I know that can never be, as much as it breaks my heart.
When I hear people say, “I hope,” I evaluate. What is the context, the background behind that goal? When you hope, you remove most possibilities. Hope is passive, it’s not an action word.
“Good things come to those who hustle.”
Amen to that, Anais.
You can wait your entire life for something good to happen – and die in the process. Or you can hustle, contribute, and take part in bringing to life those good things.
Which will it be?
Work it, baby. This is your life, and this is your chance.