The best way to win is through brute force.
Everyone knows that hustle is the secret to winning, and that demands that you never have a minute you’re not ferreting away.
Most people are far too lazy for this approach.
Some people are just too stupid to run themselves ragged chasing success, but those who are truly ambitious know exactly how to win.
Wake Up Stressed
As soon as you wake up you must get yourself fired up.
And we all know that the absolute best way to motivate yourself is with fear.
Immediately, as soon as you wake up, you want to start thinking about EVERYTHING that you need to get done today.
The best “hack” for getting your anxiety started is to keep your phone by your bed so that within 30 seconds of waking you can check your email.
Of course if you’re serious about winning, you never want to let that anxiety get away from you while lazy people are sleeping, so keep your phone dinging all night.
The most insightful question we should all ask ourselves is, “What keeps you awake at night?”
And then every night before going to bed you want to fill your mind with those things so your brain will keep waking you up to hustle.
It might seem small but just waking up a few times through the night to check your email can make a massive difference. People will know how much you hustle, you’ll feel like you’re all over it, and with just a few thousand sleepless nights you’ll be crushing it.
Now you’ve got your nights sorted and are waking up with the right terror, you want to drive your day the same way.
Start Your Day With Overwhelm
If you’re serious about success, after you check your email, you want to start filling your mind with all the ways that you might fail, and especially, all the things that might go wrong today.
Instead of paying attention to your spouse, kids, pets, or others you love, you want to be fully in your head thinking about all those things that are happening elsewhere.
A great way to keep building up your fear and overwhelm is to tune into the news, and of course start scrolling through social media, paying careful attention to all the bad things that are going on that have zero impact on you, and you have zero control.
By far Twitter is the best.
It’s only soundbites, so you can easily scroll through thousands of brain farts and overwhelm yourself with noise in just a few minutes.
Once again, if you’re truly ambitious, you’ve been doing this throughout the night, but for those of you who aren’t as committed, there’s still plenty of time to build enough overwhelm to start your day.
Next, Build Up Your Worry
On the way to work you absolute MUST.
I’ll write that again.
You absolutely MUST start worrying about EVERYTHING. You name it. Everything.
A great way to do this is, once you’ve exhausted all the things to worry about in your day, expand your circle of thinking to everything that could go wrong in the world.
What will happen in Turkey? North Korea? What if the economy cracks? What if a meteor hits your office and you lose a few hours of hustle?
If you’re feeling generous, you might also infect other people with your worry, and have them help you do the same. We all worry about different things, and you never know what misery others have in store for fueling your day.
A great way to do this is to rapid fire through all the terrible things that could go wrong, and see which ones spike the most worry.
Next, make it very personal.
Think about any health issue that might kill you. Definitely worry about money or security. If you’re ambitious, think about all the ways your family might die.
Everything that could go wrong you want to imagine going wrong if you’re serious about building up your worry for the day.
Now, Hit It Hard… But Not Just Yet
Now you’re filled with fear, anxiety, and overwhelm, you’re ready to get started.
But, not just yet.
First, grab a massive coffee. There’s nothing better for an over-stimulated brain than more stimulation.
Also consider telling your doc that you struggle to focus and add some speed to the mix. Or, even better, go to the illegal dealers and start micro-dosing LSD.
Whatever your drug of choice, keep popping until your brain is so wired that you can hustle, hustle, hustle.
But, not just yet.
Before you dive into what really matters to crushing your day, you want to check your email again. And again. And again.
Someone might have emailed in the last 2 minutes, you want everyone to know how much you crush the most important task of managing email, and to keep broadcasting your hustle.
You want to be as responsive as you can be, so it’s definitely a good rule to come back to email at least 3 or 4 times a minute.
Now, that’s done, before you’re ready to dive into crushing your day, you just want to take an hour or so to read the papers and news online.
If you’re doing this right you’ve already scanned the news a dozen times to create the right amount of fear, and here you want to really stoke that FOMO of being “uninformed” so that you can maximize your anxiety for the day.
OK, Go, Go, Go
You’re hours into your day, so you want to really be building momentum.
If you’ve gotten started right, you should be thoroughly negative, worried, fearful, anxious, and overwhelmed so that like cramming in school, you can get yourself to focus.
Don’t for a minute take your eye off that email of course, and as much as you can you want to be bouncing from task to task.
The more time you can be distracted the less real work you will actually get done, which is crucial for maintaining that fear of not having enough time, and for maximizing your hustle.
Stay all over the news. You never know when something terrible might happen and you want to know about it.
And, of course, stay vigilant on social media.
You’ve gotta know what’s going on out there, and you want everyone to know just how good you are at distracting yourself to stay thoroughly overwhelmed for your hustle.
In the meantime, while you’re checking email, and online, and talking to people, and watching social, and maybe the TV is on in the background, you want to stay 100% focused on what matters most today.
We all know how crucial focus is, and the more time you can put into being focused on all of these things, the more you crush it.
Some people are far too lazy for this approach so they talk about working smart, but if you’re serious about winning you want to keep up your distraction and overwhelm all day.
Now, Get Cranking
On what? Who cares? Nobody needs goals.
Goals = hustle.
Just get cranking on whatever is in front of you.
Your goals will be right there waiting for you to set them once you’re done with everything you need to get done in the next 40 years.
Skills, screw that.
If there’s anything you learned it school, it’s to win through brute force.
Forget developing and getting better. That’s for losers who aren’t willing to work hard, and you’re far better off throwing hours against the wall.
Like in school where nobody taught you the skills to succeed more in less time, you want to avoid anything that makes you better because that robs you of thousands of hours of fear and hustle.
Sure, top salespeople win through actually getting good at selling, as do top bankers and investors. Top CEOs win through building skills of leading. Tom Brady wins by training to be the most skilled player on the field…
But none of these people get the power of fear and overwhelm to drive hustle.
And forget about how you think and feel.
No-one who ever did anything of value in the world felt good doing it, and anyone with half a brain knows that fear, overwhelm, anxiety, and distraction are the secrets to crushing your goals.
Let them be happy winning more in less time, only you will know how much fear they’re leaving on the table.
Keep this up all day and you’ll be perfectly setting up your nights.
Time Waits For No Winner
The nights are where you distance yourself.
While those lazy losers are having a life or are with their families, you can be out-hustling them.
If you’re lucky, your family will leave you alone so you can work. Of course, as you tell people, you’re driven to succeed because you want to best provide for your family, and if you do this right they won’t even be there to distract you in the end.
Just tune em’ out.
Pretend to be listening to your spouse or kids while you’re checking email, the news, and everything else that keeps stoking your anxiety, and as soon as you can, get back to “work.”
The secret to success that we all learned from 10 hours a night of homework is that it doesn’t matter how useless the task, if you are serious about crushing it you want to spend hours doing something.
This isn’t just important to keep stoking your fear and overwhelm, but you want to go to bed every night feeling like you failed to get it done.
This feeling of failing at your day is the best way to keep yourself awake at night, and for waking up full of anxiety ready to fail another day.
Keep Hustling Till The End
The clock of life is wound only once and you can fill every minute with fear and hustle.
Seemingly few people in our world look back at the end of their life regretting that they didn’t fill themselves with more fear.
And if you’re serious about your “legacy” you want everyone to know how much you hustled all the way to the end.