“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
– Abraham Lincoln
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Hustle. Hustle if you want the best. You’ve probably heard the old proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.” I think this is in the same vain and more specific. The real thought here is that if you aren’t early you won’t get a worm, but more than likely you’ll have to wait around until it rains and grab the old drowned worm off the sidewalk because all of the other fresh, squiggly worms will have already been taken by those birds that get up and go out to look for the worms while they are crawling out of the ground, fresh and lively. I mean, that’s how I would like my worms if I ate worms, not the soggy old drowned worm or the dried up worm jerky on the sidewalk.
OK, gross worm talk, but Honest Abe was telling the truth here when he said that you can get good things even if you wait, but the better things will come to those who hustle and get out there early.
I don’t know if Abraham Lincoln actually said this quote. Did they use the word hustle in the 1800’s? Was there a “Charlie Hustle” in the Union Army? I am sure we would have heard of some General that was nicknamed General Charles, Charlie Hustle, Smith or something. There was a General Stonewall Jackson who was named because he sad upon his horse like a Stone Wall or something to that effect.
Even if Abe Lincoln didn’t say this in those exact words, I can believe that he had the thought as part of his mental state.
So if you want great things to come to you, get busy doing what you need to do NOW! Don’t wait until tomorrow. As they say, Tomorrow never comes. Don’t get what is left. Make what you want to happen Today.
This ties into my previous episode about Procrastinating. Goal Getting Podcast Episode S2e48. check it out.
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