William Wilson Thinking

William Wilson

I was talking with a friend of mine, Keith Cradle, and I made the statement “Hustling isn’t the same as being an entrepreneur.” Regardless of what bravado you hear spew from the mouths of rappers, or words if wisdom you receive from the guy “getting his grind on”; hustling is NOT entrepreneurship. Hustlers are out to  make money, however they can make it. It’s their sole purpose in life. Entrepreneurs are out to make money as well. But hustlers lack commitment, dedication and sacrifice. They will try something for a while, and if it doesn’t make them money quick enough, they are off to the next “great idea”. We all know that guy that is always starting something new, always has a plan, and is always “on the grind”, but never seems to be actually accomplishing anything. THAT is a hustler. Always busy, never producing. Wanting something really bad doesn’t mean your committed, and chasing money doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs understand there’s a process. They know there is no such thing as a “get rich quick” scheme. Entrepreneurs understand that success is going to come with sacrifice, commitment, joys and failures. They know that it takes time to become successful. They know it will consume significant amounts of their days AND nights. In short, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a career. Many of you won’t want to hear this, but the fact is, you’re not built for entrepreneurship. You’re not built to sacrifice relationships, personal pleasure, and recreation in order to succeed. You’re not willing to eat Ramen Noodles for months in order to follow your dream. To get up at 5:30 every morning, and go to bed after midnight every night. To shop at Wal-Mart or K-Mart, instead of the mall, in order to invest more money into your business. To sit at home on a Saturday night doing research, while your friends are out partying in the club. You’d rather buy the new Jordans, or the new Louis Vuitton purse than to invest in a wardrobe that presents you as a professional (like a custom suit from William Wilson – LOL). You’re not willing to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat wondering how you’re gonna make enough money to cover the rent. You’re not ready to tell your boyfriend/ girlfriend they are going to have to come second. You can’t party like your friends; because you see a bigger picture, and you have a bigger dream. It’s not in you. And it isn’t like Gatorade, you can’t just buy some. Big dreams require big heart, big commitment, big focus and enormous dedication. It requires a thick skin, and a ton of faith and resilience. Contrary to what some will tell you, entrepreneurship is more than business cards, websites, Facebook statuses and networking events. A business is a living breathing thing. And if you aren’t willing to commit to it, like you would a child, you have no business starting one. You’re just wasting your time. But if you are willing to sacrifice and withstand the worst that life may have to offer, and still keep fighting, then you just may have it in you. Only you know what you’re willing to give up. Until next time….. God bless and dress well, William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

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  1. Thank you for explaining the distinction, well said. Entreprenership is loving and being committed to your dream. Hustling is worshipping that $,$$$,$$$, my take on it. And do I feel a persom can hustle their dream…..of course they can.

  2. Well said, Mr. Wilson. When I hear the word “HUSTLE”, I actually see Tracey Morgan’s ” Hustle Man” in my head and I naturally start to giggle. It truly takes dedication and saying “no” to your friends. Many if them won’t understand it, but after they see your vision, those same friends will be trying their best to (pardon the pun) jump on your coattails.
    Keep up the awesome job, Mr. Clothier.

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