One night while in Baltimore, #TeamUtoria was STARVING after a long day at a tradeshow. We were stuck in some serious traffic while hunting for yummy food, and as if traffic isn't annoying enough, it was even worse on three empty stomachs. We just wanted a nice locally owned restaurant where we could stop and stuff our faces.
It was at one stoplight that my faith in humanity was restored. Although it may not have filled up my empty stomach, it sure filled up my heart and that was enough to get me through all of that miserable traffic. When the light turned red, these two guys -- early high school I'm guessing -- jumped from from the curb and started washing windows with the speed of a Nascar pit crew. I have to admit I was pretty skeptical at first; it took me a few seconds to even realize what they were doing. "Oh my gosh! They're totally washing windows!" I almost squealed in excitement. They didn't hesitate and they didn't ask for permission. They just went out in the middle of the street and went to every single car washing windows just hoping that someone would give them some cash.
Honestly, I didn't see a single person hand them anything. I started freaking out. "Someone find cash!! NOW!" My mom was in the backseat digging through her purse. "All I have is a $20 bill." she said. I snatched it out of her hand quicker than a ninja. Obviously, I didn't want to give her a chance to say no. I stuck my hand out of the window with the cash. "Here. You deserve a $20 just for being such a hustler." That must've been the encouragement he needed. His face instantly lit up and he took it and ran to his friend to start bragging.
Forget charity -- the best feeling is helping out someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. In the next 12 months, I will work harder than I have in my entire life, commit more of myself to my passions than I would ever have to give and achieve more than my wildest dreams. I'm ready to help YOU do the same. Actually, it's part of that mission I just talked about. I'm tired of watching young people waste away their lives in schools and institutions and jobs that aren't filling their lives with abundant joy and success.
If you are one of the millions of people who are stuck in a job that isn't fulfilling, ask yourself: Would you rather be like the hustlers on the street or the work commuters who sat in their cars? The guys may have been washing windows but they were having fun and doing it with people they enjoy to be around. The people in the cars were tired, grumpy and mad at the world. This year I committed myself to helping as many people as possible live a life that they can LOVE.
Are you ready to change your life? 2014 is the year of the Young Hustlers. This is the year that young people everywhere will awaken the true American Dream and the pursuit of happiness, freedom and prosperity. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen? Are you a Young Hustler?
Do whatever it takes to make your dreams become reality.