Hustle doesn’t matter if …

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All the hustle in the world doesn’t matter if you’re doing the wrong thing.

Putting your head inside a machine that is designed for your legs for instance, won’t get you a strong head.

It will get you on the Internet and Pinterest though.

But all too often we think all we need is hustle, hard work and confidence. Nope.

Hustle without purpose is wasted motion.

Hard work without meaning is foolish grind.

Confidence without skill is misguided arrogance.

How do you know if you’re doing the right thing? Here are three easy ways:

1. Check the results.
Not on day one, but if on day 400 you’re still not seeing any results, there’s a chance you might be doing the wrong thing.

2. Check your destination.
If your goal is to write books and you’re spending 100% of your time networking instead of writing, you might not end up where you think you’ll end up.

3. Check your friends.
This is the most important one of all. Is there any doubt that if this photo above is real, that poor guy does not have a workout partner? Ask people you trust if they think you’re generally working on the right thing.

Hustle and hard work are amazing when they are aimed in the right direction.

When they’re not, they just make you look silly.

18 Comments
  • LarryTheDeuce
    Posted at 08:16h, 19 November Reply

    Jon, are you saying that it’s good to know where you’re going because you might end up there?

    • James
      Posted at 08:20h, 19 November Reply

      that is groundbreaking theology there.
      i wonder if that dude’s neck ever recovered.

  • James
    Posted at 09:00h, 19 November Reply

    Jon, i just realized while thinking about this… you broke one of the rules you live by.
    i was watching a few video’s on Vimeo of you speaking at events, when you told the “bodybuilder doing pushups in the airport” story. I’m pretty sure you said “never take secret pictures of bodybuilders”.
    although now that i think about it, i guess “a guy with his neck under the leg part of a machine” doesnt exactly qualify as a “bodybuilder” huh?

  • Mike Koehler
    Posted at 09:11h, 19 November Reply

    Surrounding yourself with a Mastermind group is great, but surrounding yourself with a Nevermind group is even better.
    These are friends and family who you trust enough and who are honest enough to tell you: “Nevermind that distraction, stay focused! Nevermind the critics, keep going! Nevermind the money, follow your passion.”

  • Jamie Lapeyrolerie
    Posted at 10:03h, 19 November Reply

    Thank you for posting this! It’s a helpful reminder to step back, look at what I’ve done and be honest about what’s worked and what hasn’t.

  • Aimee L. Salter
    Posted at 10:32h, 19 November Reply

    I love it when I see wisdom on the internets.

    Thank you for this. Clearly you ARE doing what God intended for you to do. Keep going.

  • Toni
    Posted at 11:32h, 19 November Reply

    I just want to remind everyone that having the *right* workout buddies matters. Some workout buddies watch you make a fool of yourself, take a picture, and post it online :D.

  • David Lerner
    Posted at 12:03h, 19 November Reply

    It seems strange to me that Brett Favre still wouldn’t have figured out how to use that machine, even after all these years…

    • Jeff Skistad
      Posted at 12:09h, 19 November Reply

      Nice David Lerner! (It does look like Favre!) #SkolVikings

  • Alan
    Posted at 12:31h, 19 November Reply

    Or as I heard another leadership visionary say…..
    Its not about doing things right. Its about doing the right things.

  • Leeza
    Posted at 12:38h, 19 November Reply

    Waaaaiiiitttt….that’s a leg machine??

  • Clay Morgan (@ClayMorganPA)
    Posted at 13:20h, 19 November Reply

    I’m pretty sure that’s Brett Favre in the picture.

  • David Johnston
    Posted at 14:00h, 19 November Reply

    That photo is priceless. Good post! Just like Christianity, faith without works is well…

  • Michael
    Posted at 15:56h, 19 November Reply

    Just so you know that is a neck lift some guys who have played competitive football at college or above would be familiar with in the old school- it has been abandoned in favor of using machines properly designed for neck exercises to prevent injury.

    But calling it a headlift would be akin to calling a bench press a hand machine. Just saying.

  • Nick
    Posted at 15:57h, 19 November Reply

    So make sure you’re aimed in the right direction…got it!

  • ThatGuyKC
    Posted at 23:21h, 19 November Reply

    I’m astounded at how that guy took the most awkward piece of exercise equipment at the gym and made it worse.

  • Adam Martin
    Posted at 15:08h, 21 November Reply

    That picture is priceless 🙂

  • David Hooper
    Posted at 21:41h, 07 December Reply

    This photo cracked me up because I actually see this a lot. Not this particular move, but similar. For example, guys standing on the shoulder press machine and doing shrugs.

    But maybe this is innovation? 🙂

    By the way, there are some hilarious videos on YouTube that show these things…

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