Applying Hustle


You can perform a tremendous amount of research on greatness and one of the key ingredients you are sure to uncover is the concept of grit.

Grit is defined as courage, bravery, strength of character, strength of will, resolve, resolution, fortitude, toughness, and ultimately perseverance.

But it’s more than that. Dr. Paul Stoltz will tell you it can be understood, measured and permanently improved. That there are four dimensions: growth, resilience, instinct, and tenacity.

For me, grit comes down to a simple concept known as hustle.

Hustle isn't about being the most gifted, best educated, or smartest. As it relates to sport it's not about being the biggest, fastest, strongest or most athletic. Hustle is purely about work ethic -- the willingness to always outwork the next guy. It's about grit.

Unfortunately last night I was extremely disappointed with many of our most seasoned players. Individuals who typically display very high levels of grit and hustle. However, on this occasion they were far from it.

Nothing was on the line. It wasn't a championship match and the outcome didn't really matter to many people. In fact, it really didn’t matter to me at all. However, their lack of focus and concern for their own effort - both collectively and individually - was most concerning.

Greatness doesn't take days off and grit doesn't have a calendar. It's not a sometimes thing. It's an all the time thing.

Hustling means being willing to do whatever it takes to achieve an outcome. And more than anything else it's a habit.

Where do you draw the line as a coach, mentor or teacher? When is it okay to just take a day off?