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If you’ve got hustle, Labor Day is your holiday

Sure, Labor Day is an observance of all the country’s employees, but in my mind the day is most special for people who have hustle. When the holiday was created in 1894, the intention was to celebrate the people who kept America moving and, in some cases, made other people rich. A lot of those people were doing whatever they could – working long hours and multiple jobs – to make it in a world that industrialization was fast changing.

Now, more than a century later, technology is changing how people do just about everything, including make a living. Finding your way can take more hustle than ever. But, as it says on a motivational calendar, “Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.” What that means to me is nobody is so naturally good at any one thing that they aren’t required to hustle. Maybe the entire Kardashian family combined doesn’t have one ounce of talent, but, man, do they know how to hustle. In fact, they are hustling all the way to the bank.

In my Labor Day salute to hustle, allow me to offer you my top ideas for making the most out of your own hustle:

1. Toot your own horn (also known as let your light shine) – If you got it, flaunt it. Make sure people know that the latest great idea at your workplace is yours. Tell the world before somebody else takes credit. There’s no room at the hustle table for the timid or shy.

2. Don’t be afraid to get dirty – Unless you can run up three flights of stairs in stiletto heels (and it can be done, ask a Kardashian), leave anything that will get in the way of working hard at home. Nothing looks better on someone with hustle than a little dirt. Billionaire Warren Buffet started his empire as a paperboy, getting up before the milkman and pedaling his bike fast so that he could take on extra routes. It was always dark, sometimes rainy or snowy but that didn’t stop little Warren. He was not afraid of getting dirty and he had hustle coming out of his ears.

3. Take advantage of opportunities – Free or paid training is like someone handing you cash. Never say no to a gift of cash. Apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and work study allows you to make connections and get an insider’s view of the world you want to succeed in. Don’t forget, once you’re taking advantage of opportunities, apply suggestions number 1 and number 2 above.

4. Make yourself valuable – Always look for opportunities to add value to whatever you’re doing. Going the extra mile impresses people, creates loyalty and gets you closer to whatever your dream is.

As bestselling author Rory Vaden says, “Success is never owned; it is only rented, and the rent is due every day.” As maybe-someday-bestselling-author Rich Malachy says, “The rent required by success is hustle. It’s all about the hustle.” Take some time this holiday weekend to celebrate your own hustle and where it’s taking you. Then, come Tuesday, start the hustle all over again.