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Hustle Till It Hurts

The Hustle is Real

Just a few words about what the hustle means to me and why it’s become a bigger part of my life recently.

A man by the name Gary Vaynerchuck is a big reason I’m upping my game. From watching this guy work I’ve realized there is a lot more we can do every day to increase how much we get done. It’s not about being a work-a-holic, or loving work more than the people you interact with. It’s about loving what you do to the point that 18 hours just seems normal. The ‘daily grind’ become the ‘daily hustle’. It becomes a part of who you are. From what I’ve seen people have a lot of respect for those who accomplish a lot and are able to back it up.

So what am I doing?

From studying myself I’ve realized it takes me a while to adopt new behaviors. In a 3 month period I can improve and make changes to who I am. Improve my skill level and take on more responsibilities. I learn better by watching what others do, so I’m watching people who hustle and taking what they do to adapt it to my lifestyle.

Ya’ll obviously know that I currently work night shift and after a 14 hour work shift I don’t feel much like doing anything. Therefore I’ve set myself up to do work while that 14 hour day is progressing.

Where am I on my off days?

I haven’t added up the hours but I’m no where near 14 hours. Building up some grit to work for 14 hours a day on my ‘days off’ will be the hardest part. Yet I know if I worked 14 hour days I would propel myself so far ahead of where I am today I can’t even visualize it.

What about you? Are you a working entrepreneur? Maybe you work best at night, but how long are your work days?

I wonder what my world would look like if I worked every day 14 hours a day 7 days a week.

Where can you see yourself being if you worked that hard? Check out a day in Gary’s life below and comment on what you think your life would look like if you did that.


NightShift Guide – Jay

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Journey: A Love Story

Journey: A Love Story

Respiratory Therapy

I remember the day I heard the two words that have shaped my life thus far. “Respiratory Therapist” is what my teacher said.

I immediately raised my hand and asked what that was. I had never heard of them on TV, no one in town had mentioned them, and I had never been sick enough to possibly see one myself. They were like a shining unicorn in the night, only glimpsed briefly through the trees.

As my teacher, her name escapes me now, explained what the profession was all about I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I started pulling books on the subject, got into a shadowing program, and shadowed a local therapist. The impact that has had on my life was fairly significant. I’ve kept that experience in my mind through the 10+ years since.

Last night I was speaking with someone who has great respect for Respiratory Therapists. He reminded me that an RT is more than just a job. It’s a person who cares and creates a system around their patient. They are coordinators of care, sideline leaders, and professionals who can come into a situation and be a key player in controlling a situation. We have no fear and little patience for negligent care. A Respiratory Therapist end’s up being more than just a care giver. Since we are part of  a team we start to do things that are more general and less specific. Our skills learned in school give us the ability to understand more than just our scope of practice.

We may only take care of people with respiratory issues to start, but at the end of the day everyone in a hospital is safer because a therapist walks those halls. It took me from the time I was in high school until now to realize that even though our pay is small, hours are long, and work is sometimes difficult we are a profession and people who command great respect within the medical community.

Currently I work on this website, and am helping others create income through other means. How am I able to do this? Through a realization that I’m a Respiratory Therapist. I’m multi talented, my skills are sharp enough so I am able to accomplish many things. I lead through my calm demeanor and quick response. Being an RT has taught me that everyone matters, not just the people I’m assigned to. I may have a specific job, but my profession tells me to protect everyone.

If you’re a Respiratory Therapist thank you. Know an RT? Take time to get to know them better. If you’re thinking about becoming an RT… Go for it. We need more strong people in our profession. People who aren’t afraid to take a chance and lead through their profession. To realize that our scope is small, but responsibility tremendous.

Take the time to commit. Even if it’s not to Respiratory Therapy, commit to something. Make it specific the more you learn about it. People don’t pay you because you’re a “Jack of All Trades, Master of None”. They pay you because you have a specific set of skills for a specific job, profession, contract etc.

Commit, be specific, and Love your RT.

NightShift Guide – Jay

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Journey: Challenge

Challenge of the Journey

Working while you’re at work, while you want to sleep, while you want to go have fun, while you want to simply relax is part of what I, and others need to work through in order to get from where we are to where we want to be.

What defines us is how we handle our deepest struggles in front of others and within ourselves.

(I said that)

Our world goes 24/7. Life doesn’t rise and fall on what day it is, life does not have regard for the car that just cut you off, and life will not stop hurting you no matter how much you cry. I’ve gone through a few challenges the last few weeks. I’m acquiring more responsibility at work and in my personal life. If I let it, life would swallow me up and spit me out.

But I have a ‘special’ finger for Life.

So my journey starts here. In these words. From working full time at night 3 to 4 days a week, 12 hours a night to working 2 to 3 days a week, still 12 hours a night. My focus is on making enough money to get to a part time position within my job. Why? It’s not because I hate what I do. It’s not because I’m super rich. It’s not because I’m working 4 other jobs. I want to reduce my time as an employee so I can become my own boss. (Insert Robert Kawasaki’s Quadrant)

Cashflow Quadrant

Again, WHY?

The lifestyle I choose is flexible. To do what I want, when I want to do it, how I want to do it.

What about vacation time? Can’t I just get time off from work?

Tim off in my mind, is just a myth. The reasons we need ‘time off’ or ‘vacation’ is because our daily lives are out of our control, or we let them get that way and we want to take a break from our daily grind. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you or I have to do it too. I want a life where I enjoy the challenge of my work without having an agitated supervisor hanging over my head.

Insanity defined is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. I’m breaking the mold by working while I’m on the job. I’m breaking the mold by not watching TV. I’m breaking the mold by investing in business ideas instead of booze and movies. I’m breaking the mold by being more excited by personal development, business ideas, and entrepreneurship than Football or Basketball.

So my daily schedule looks kinda like this.

Monday: Starting at 8 am

  • 8am – 3pm Sleep
  • 3pm – 4:30pm exercise, eat, meditate and shower
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm make calls, reply to messages via social media
  • 5:30pm – 6:15pm cook dinner, pack, drive to work
  • 7pm – 7:30am (the next day) Work at the hospital
  • 10pm – 5:30am (Monday into Tuesday, work at work) work on prospecting, website, social media, business, education
  • 7:30am – 8am drive home
  • 8am – 3pm sleep

This is a typical work day. Do I follow this type of schedule as written? No, there are gaps between activities and overlap that needs to be there. My schedule needs to be planned/rigid but flexible enough so if I miss something I can continue on. I don’t have time enough to not be doing something to move life forward. Not only do I need to plan like you see above, but the start of my week doesn’t exist. I work 24/7. My weeks run into each other. Sometimes I work 4 days in a row with only one or two days off and run right into another 3 days of work.

Many might ask why I limit myself with this kind of schedule. Why don’t I just move to a day job. Why can’t I just find something else to do?

Answer: I could. In all honesty I HATE working during the day doing what I do. I feel groggy and my mind isn’t clear, supervisors are constantly asking why I’m not staring at my patient like a hawk, and everyone else’s agenda is being forced on me.

I want my day, my way. If I have to schedule every minute of every day out, so be it. As long as I get farther away from having a boss and closer to being at home or on the road the better off I’ll be.

So here it is, what am I doing? Money can be made in more than one way. Ever ask who owns the business you work for? What about the land that the building sits on? What products are you using at work? What are you buying at the store? All of these things are available to you to own and sell. The hard part is pulling the trigger and doing it.

I’m currently working on:

  • Real estate management – my townhouse that I rent
  • Amazon online store – in the process of setting this up and learning about it
  • Network Marketing/Direct Selling business – yes this is a viable way of making money stop being a negative bitch about it
  • Job – everyone aims to get a ‘good job’. Fair enough.
  • Driving with Uber
  • You could also say this website and social media are to make money but I have yet to monetize any of it

If you have questions about any of these money makers feel free to reach out to me. Most of these are in the start phase and I am NOT an expert, but I am an action taker.

How long will it take me to move from full time to part time? My goal is September 1st 2016. I may not be part time exactly on that day, but I’m looking for the financial signs that I’ll need to be able to ask for the part time status at that point.

What have I done in the last week: Mad the decision to build an Amazon store, Driven for Uber and scheduled more drives, prospected and list building, networking, phone calls and more tasks that are important but I don’t want to mention everything. What’s your idea of success? Mine is the idea that I’ll be able to leave my job, work for myself, and have a nice bundle of cash waiting for me in my bank account.

I’ll be posting more later, I hope you enjoyed this and will join me on my journey!



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