In the struggle to be successful, the term “hustle” is practically hallowed. Part verb, part noun, part goal, hustling is seen as a state to which you should aspire. In turn, you may work long hours and stay plugged in constantly — all in a bid to get to the next level in life. Putting in 70 hours per week is not uncommon, but that doesn’t mean success comes to the ones who put in the most time. In fact, you could be hurting yourself and your health by focusing more on the hustle and less on developing yourself as a well-rounded individual.
Whether you have a passion project you want to pursue or a dream to chase, self-care is just as important as ambition.
1. Read the Newspaper and a Book Every Day
Start by reading every day. Pick a national newspaper and grab a book or two. The paper (think New York Times or the Wall Street Journal) will help you stay abreast of what is happening in the world and the economy. Pay attention to trends, as well as important business deals. These concepts can form the basis for dozens of conversations. Adding books to your newspaper habit is also smart. It will help you learn more about certain subjects when you choose nonfiction titles and help you develop your own storytelling skills when you read fiction.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential, too. Aim for eight hours a day. For many people, taking one-third of the day to sleep sounds like a waste of time, but your body and mind need sleep to function well. With a full eight hours, your mental capacity will improve, helping you be more efficient and effective at whatever you do. Plus, your mood will be calmer, you will be less forgetful, and you may find it easier to focus.
3. Be a Good Person
Try to be a good person as well. Begin by keeping your word, even when it is inconvenient. This minor change will help others trust you. Also, work on being a good friend. Listen to what people have to say and try to empathize with them as they speak. Offer support without being asked, volunteering a hand or quality time together when you know someone is going through something. You can be a good person by being honest and removing any defensiveness too. If you have done something wrong, admit it, and make reparations. You will feel better mentally and less stressed overall when you do the right thing.
4. Move your Body Regularly
Becoming a well-rounded individual involves more than your mental state or emotions; it also includes physical activities. Make an effort to move your body regularly and in different ways. Going to the gym or taking a walk is a start but dig deeper. Try getting involved with other people — maybe going dancing with friends or volunteering for a cause that matters to you. These activities will keep you moving and help you become more social.
Go Outside Your Comfort Zone
Whenever possible, take opportunities to go outside of your comfort zone. Taking the time to try new things — be it food or fitness classes — is one of the best ways to develop the many sides of your personality and help you refine your current communication skills. You may also get to make new connections who can help you find new adventures and opportunities.
Have a Game Plan
If you have a specific goal to which you would like to work, such as being your own boss or getting out of debt, make a plan. Map out which skills you will need to get there and identify areas where your own knowledge is lacking, then strategize about how to make that happen. In some cases, you may be able to use existing systems. You could take an online course or pick up a side hustle, like direct selling for Amway. Amway’s business model is designed to help you learn how to become an entrepreneur while allowing you to earn extra money.
Becoming a Well-Rounded Individual
Becoming a well-rounded individual requires a multi-prong approach. Take the time to read every day and get enough sleep every night. Also, put some focus on being a good person, getting enough exercise, and moving outside of your comfort zone. This will help you improve your mental ability as well as your physical health. Finally, set a goal and make a plan. Small steps over time can add up to a wonderful life.