Recently, I noticed that Jenny purchased a body wash called “Hustle.” I laughed when I saw it because I’ve made a habit of overusing that word.
I stopped laughing though when I saw the yellow callout on the bottle.
“Compare to Old Spice Swagger Body Wash.”
They clearly meant you were supposed to compare the products. They expected you to to analyze the texture, cleanliness and ability of each body wash to make you smell like an 8th grade boy who has run out of Axe Body Spray. In that respect, I assume they are equal.
But what happens when you compare Hustle to Swagger?
Those words are often thrown around together by fake entrepreneurs who love posting watches and yachts they don’t own on Instagram with terrible motivational statements.
Are they really the same? Here’s what I think.
Hustle is quiet.
Swagger is loud.
Hustle is humble.
Swagger is proud.
Hustle believes in work.
Swagger believes in words.
Hustles lives in the future.
Swagger lives in the past.
Hustle competes against itself.
Swagger compares itself to others.
Hustle knows rest is part of creativity.
Swagger thinks rest is for the weak.
Hustle thrives on intention.
Swagger thrives on attention.
Hustle asks strangers for friendship.
Swagger asks strangers for favors.
Hustle is vulnerable enough to hope.
Swagger is too cool to care.
Hustle knows when it’s enough.
Swagger doesn’t even believe in that word.
I could go on and on, but we’ve both got things we need to hustle on today.
Hustle is not the same thing as swagger. Not even close.
Want to learn how to hustle? Read pages 207-262 in my book Do Over.
Don’t have it yet? Let’s fix that today.