Any successful business person or entrepreneur will tell you that at some point you must take risk. A scared person will never win in the business world. At some point in your pursuit of wealth and positioning in this capitalistic society you will have to test your limits and others limits.
Many of us that are in the street life are extreme risk takers. A prostitute takes a life threatening risk every time they make money. Every strangers car that they get into and every hotel visit could be the end of their life. Yes the risk that people take in the game can cost their life literally. If not death, they are risking going to jail and prison. Illegal hustles are just that…illegal. There are laws in place that help support or remove charges for prostitution but as we all know there are still acts of involvement that can lead someone in the life into a jail cell. Some of these laws we may believe are unjust , racist, crooked, or just plain evil. No matter what we may feel about them the fact remains that they are there.
If people are willing to take risks that can cost them their life, their children’s futures and going to prison. Why not take that same risk mentality and apply it to a job or to a business?
All entrepreneurs and business professionals must take risk from day 1. There are no guarantees in starting and running your own business or embarking upon a career. Yes they may not make the money that they were making in the street life right away. Yes they might not like the job that they get at first but two things are for sure: They will not die and they will not go to prison if they’re on the right side of the law.
Risk taking is a trait that all successful people in business and the professional world have. Risk taking is a trait that all persons in the game and street hustlers not only have but have mastered. A mastery that has probably gone unnoticed. With most people in the game just waking up in the morning is a risk. In my time in the game I would cross this country visiting different cities with the intention of making a lot of money. Sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t. The risk are many and may vary from being robbed, rapped, going to jail, losing property, and the list goes on.
When we were in the game and street life we operated with no fear and no worry of our potential failures. Most of the time we just believe that we are going to make some money if we accomplish our goal. That same fearlessness and that same relentless desire that we used for the game is valuable in the legal business world. The fearlessness of the risk for the potential reward is a strength.
Being an entrepreneur or building a career requires tenacity. Building a professional career is not a sprint it is a marathon. You have to be able to live not knowing for sure if your business is going to work or not. You have to grind regardless of the immediate outcome. You have to grind through the setbacks and obstacles. To be tenacious you must have perseverance, commitment, bounce back skills, and be determined.
Tenacity is a trait that most survivors have. Regardless of obstacles they continue to push. Regardless of going to jail, being robbed, beat, or just taking a loss survivors will start all over and grind again. As someone that grew up in the game I tried all kinds of come up schemes in attempts to make money. I had some good runs but always seemed to fail at the end, faced with starting all over, like most hustlers in the game. I had the tenacity of a great entrepreneur. Matter of fact, I believe people in the game have more tenacity than a square entrepreneur with a Harvard business degree.
A person in the game/ street hustler knows that they have to stay hungry. Not for food for the body but financial food for their wallet. A hustler will make a sell, steal, or sell their body and be ready to do it again and again and again. There is no dollar amount that is the ending point. That is because a true hustler knows that they must grind to live. To feed themselves and their family if they have one. This hunger for financial prosperity must be constantly worked for.
In the business world the same hunger must be applied. Just because a person is a hustler with a strong appetite on the streets doesn’t mean that the hunger changes in the legit business world. That same grind a street hustler has on the internet and boulevards must be the same on the legit grind. Never stop pushing and transfer that hunger for money into in a venture that will not cost your life. Once this is harnessed and mastered they can succeed beyond measure.
According to Google a “critical thinker” is a noun that means “The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.” This simply means taking a situation and looking at it in all angles and figure out what is really going on.
People involved in the “game” have grown to be extensive critical thinkers. For example every time a prostitute went into a house or hotel room to make a sell critical thinking was implemented. The very first thing they would do is analyze and recognize what the situation looked like. This is where their critical thinking came on and then a decision was made that could cost their freedom or life.
This is just a small example of critical thinking. Critical thinking is something that a person in the street game must utilize all of the time. Did you know that critical thinking is a skill of a successful businessman. Every business deal, purchase, sell, new partners, and expansion must be critically thought about. If you are a critical thinker you have a well needed skill for business development.
Focus And Discipline
When you have a hustle that your life depends on, you must not only focus on it but you must be disciplined enough not to mess it up. In the sex industry their hustle was selling their body. People involved were putting their physical safety on the line. Involved individuals would have to make sure that they were being cautious. Not being cautious could cost them not only their life but the people’s lives that were around them. In order to maintain their hustle and to come up financially a involved individual could not let anything or anyone distract them.
Discipline must go right along with focus. If they’re focused on a mission but not disciplined than the focus really was pointless. That same focus and discipline that was applied in the game will enable them to prosper in the business world and life period. Those two traits will be the difference of them being broke at the end of the month or building wealth or at least an amount of money that will keep them from falling back into the life.
As an individual that has been involved in the sex industry for years of their life they have got to be more competitive than others in the professional realm that may have been working on their career for many years. You have to be twice as hungry to make up for lost times. It must be set in their mind that nobody and no one will beat them to their goal. Just like being in the game when they didn’t want somebody to out shine them. That same competitive spirit when they wanted to lock down a corner, a client, or city. Transfer that drive into whatever venture, business, or job that they get. If they are supposed to be at work at 6AM get there at 5:30 AM. If they are in business selling t-shirts and four more people in your area are selling t-shirts, they have to work harder than them. Compete because if they don’t the next person will and they will be left in the same position forever.
In order to compete in some areas of life one must expand in knowledge. No that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to go to school. Yes school is great and I encourage people to go but no it is not necessary. Especially with the access to the internet. They can learn anything on Google, YouTube, or other source. The information is literally at their fingertips. It all starts with their desire to want it.
Sometimes their biggest competitor can be the person they see in the mirror. They have got to learn to not stand in their own way. Compete against their old self.