Libra! Fickle, indecisive, and irresolute, but also balanced, social, and diplomatic. Supposedly, I hate being alone and, in an attempt to please everyone, often forget I have an opinion. Can you see any of these traits coming through on Monday Hustle?? At the very least, I can tell you that the-working-from-home-alone struggle is very real for me!
Extra hot double shot trim flat white. In a perfect world, I’d never have to specify the extra hot or double shot part. You can blame my Wellington origins for my slight air of coffee snobbery.
Red, white or bubbly?
Totally depends on the occasion! However, being a hustler means I can’t be too fussy. So basically, come at me with the deal of the week and 9 times out of 10, I’ll say cheers to that!
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Of course I’m a feminist! I don’t think people deserve to be limited or discriminated against because of biology. We can do better than that, and should live as if we believe it. It’s 2016 after all. Hang on, is that an opinion? This goes against my star sign...
Tell us a bit about the Hustle.
Monday Hustle is space where I document the journey I’m having as I hustle to make my dream of working as a presenter/MC a reality. It all began when I realized that this dream was never going to manifest on its own, and made the decision to resign from my reliable 9-5 (regular pay check included) in order to have complete focus on what it is I actually want to do in life.
Monday Hustle is an ever-evolving organic autobiography, a space which I am committed to keeping as real as possible; so as well as celebrating the wins, I also muse over any insights, failures and losses I experience to ensure my audience are gaining the most transparent account possible of what the hustle can be like.
So as well as trying to empower others to discover their purpose and potential, I write this blog in attempt to break down stigmas associated with appearing vulnerable or weak, as acknowledging and living through these feelings is just as important as reflecting on the wins when it comes to discovering who you are, what you are made of and what it is you have to offer the world.
The word hustle, despite the few negative connotations it has, says that it’s more than just working hard for your goals.. It’s about being malleable and adaptive. It’s about taking learnings from every experience good or bad, and trying a different angle. It’s about remaining true to yourself and where you want to go while being open to all of life’s little opportunities along the way. It’s about growing with the journey rather than against it. It is more than just work. It’s a way of life.
How do you stay motivated when you are working for yourself?
It’s extremely difficult to motivated is because when you work for yourself, there is always more you could and potentially should be doing, and by necessity you are constantly having to run in creation mode which is exhausting. You are everything for your business; head of finance, content creator, administration, sales, marketing, HR (one day..!) It’s mentally draining as you have to make a lot of it up as you go.
So basically, I’d be lying if I said that keeping motivated isn’t tough. I ingest lots of caffeine, the occasional wine (Monday can be an occasion), and try to plan ahead with an ever growing ‘to-do’ list so I always have something to chip away, at even when all I can muster is auto-pilot.
I’ve learnt that part of staying motivated is realizing that having off days are normal too, so I try not to be too hard on myself in that respect. I think when motivation is lacking, it’s important to remember why you started in the first place, so I’ll often glean energy by going back over my blog posts in order to remember how far I’ve come since day one!
What is your advice to other Hustlers?
My advice is to remember that there is never a better time to act on something than right now. If you have an idea, an epiphany or a dream you want to pursue, start to work on it this second. Take that leap.. And learn on the way down.
Take as much interest in the losses as you do the wins. The losses can be hard to face, and hard to deal with, but remember that there is a lesson in every storm and every experience, good or bad, exists to teach you something.
Try not to stress about money. I can honestly tell you that it won’t get you anywhere. Generally, money is something that at least initially is totally out of your control, so try to keep the focus on growing and exposing your passion. Money will come!
How much of a rollercoaster has the ride been since you quit your day job to follow your passions?
Let’s just say that even the rickety old rollercoaster at Rainbow’s End ain’t got nothing on the hustle! Trust me. I’ve been on it three times. At least you can see what’s coming at you even if it is only a moment before. The Monday Hustle ride has been extremely up and down, and as a result, I am sure that one day I’ll be able to construct my own rollercoaster track as a visual representation of the journey!
Maybe I’ll put that on the bucket list!
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
I’d like you to know that you are capable.. You are deserved.. And you are good enough to make your dream a reality. Also, if you need an MC/speaker for an event, or a presenter to front a campaign, I am SO your girl (see show reel for proof)! Keep that hustle alive!
Thanks, Lucy. You've inspired us to get off our butts today and hustle, hustle, hustle. Let's all follow our dreams together - coffee first though!
xox The Madisons