Want To Succeed In 2017? Work Harder Than Everyone Else

28 Aug Want To Succeed In 2017? Work Harder Than Everyone Else

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A culture of hustle maintains the belief that constant hard work and determination will lead to the greatest success. It’s about always being on top of your game and staying alert to the next opportunity you should grab or pursue. In my own company, the hustling culture has become more common thanks to the digital environment which has shaped our work and home lives so that we are always available and seemingly ready to get more done.

Even more so, the advent of the gig economy, which has led to the significant rise in freelancers, means that there is a large group of talent out there. These people must be forever seeking out for their next paycheck, which leads them to work considerably more than previous generations.

While there are still some downsides to the culture of hustle that seems to forego the work-life balance culture that was once popular, the hustle mentality is more than merely working hard; hustling allows you to achieve your dreams. Today’s most successful people are all defining the new American dream, which is more of a world dream, where they go out tackle as much as they can and embrace their aspirations with late nights and stressful days. It’s an honor to showcase several people who are putting in the work, day in and day out. There is so much “bad news” in the world, and the point of this article highlights some real leaders who are examples of success that we can emulate. Keep an eye out for these names in 2017.

1. Mark Minevich

As CEO of his own thought leadership business, focusing on the fields of artificial intelligence and digitization, Minevich loves pondering cutting edge technology and works to educate the masses on these subjects. He works tirelessly around the world as a speaker, author, and advisor to spread awareness about the potential of these technologies.  Rather than restricting himself to a corporate ladder he has entered into countless roles so he can develop all of his passions simultaneously. He is the Principal Founder of Going Global Ventures, a Venture Partner of GVA Capital, a Senior Fellow of the Global Federation of Competitive Councils, and Senior Advisor of the Council of Competitiveness. He is also a charter member of the B20/G20’s Digitalization Task Force, which has worked in Asia to focus on boosting the adoption of all types of technology among consumers and businesses.

2. David Rusenko

Most famous for being the co-founder and CEO of Weebly, a company that offers DIY tools for building websites, Rusenko has set lofty bars for himself and his company. He is working on hiring the best people and building a culture of trust and respect, looking to spreading this spirit among his diverse workforce which represents cultures from Asia, Latin America, and Europe as well as North America.  When a launch didn’t get executed as planned several years ago, Rusenko was the first to take the heat by apologizing to customers in a letter on the blog as well as internally to the team. His humility prompted a pivotal change in the launch process at the company and made communication across teams even stronger in the long run. He wants everyone to know the company’s peaks, valleys, and its overall state, no bullshit. Additionally, Rusenko’s hustle has him going all the way to space; currently, he holds a ticket on the Virgin Galactic trip, whenever it’s ready to go.

3. Thanh Van Dang

Van Dang is the CEO of SavvyCom Software, a software development company that specializes in mobile and Web solutions and uses IT consultants and software engineers from Germany and Vietnam, embracing the gig economy for what it’s worth. Besides building this company from the ground up she follows the typical hustle mentality of stacking her resume with many titles. She is also Vice President of VNITO Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes the Vietnam ITO/BPO sector; a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; and a Corporate Advisor to Jio Health Inc. Winner of Distinguished Hanoi Entrepreneurs, Van believes that hiring skill-based professionals and building a creative environment in the workplace, promotes hustle that is enthusiastic about creating the future.

4. Anthony Smith

Founder and CEO of Insightly, a customer relationship management (CRM) with more than 1.2 million customers globally. He originally started his company in Perth, Australia and moved to the US when he raised $3 million. Smith is renown for his intense passion and vision for helping companies do their job and aims to instill this in everyone he works with. Smith has continued to hustle to grow his business and encourage this same drive among his team who are located throughout the world, including using developers located in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

5. Royce Disini

Disini founded and runs the mobile-first live streaming app and community for gaming. Passionate about using technology to connect people, he is adamant in reminding his team of this purpose. He has learned the art of hustle from a young age, pursuing dual majors at university after moving to the U.S. from the Philippines by himself. After producing several successful projects in the last few years, Disini attributes his success to his own ambition and the selection of other like-minded individuals to work on his team.

6. Taso Du Val

Du Val’s company, Toptal, is an AndreessenHorowitz-backed company that connects innovative, global companies with the world’s best engineering and design talent. As a high school dropout who has always known that he wanted to build his own company, Du Val decided early on he was willing to sacrifice most of the luxuries of life for the sake of achieving greatness. Toptal has grown into a company of 300 core team members plus thousands of freelancers, driving in over $100 million in revenue. Every person –located throughout the world, including Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America and other locales – hustles from home (or a beach if they choose) as the company is 100% distributed without a single office.

7. Marcus Tan

While Tan does not necessarily have the “American” Dream, he is a self-taught designer who has worked in various roles at Oracle, Wikinvest, DDB, Yahoo, and Coca-Cola before striking out with two other cofounders to develop his own venture, Carousell. Carousell is a mobile classifieds app that makes selling easy that was launched in Singapore and is now a popular app throughout Asia and the world.  Tan credits the success of his app and all of his projects to an intense passion for what he does and his willingness to drop everything else to push forward his ambitions.

8. Vijay Sharma

Sharma and his multiple co-founders all have a mutual desire to grow their company, Belong.co into a global phenomenon and it is this common drive that keeps them hustling beyond anything else.  Sharma is the CEO of the India-based company and positioned the venture to leverage numerous channels and platforms, including social media, the Internet, and numerous public sources to identify potential candidates for jobs. Sharma and his multiple co-founders, all of whom are from India, have worked tirelessly to drive the ongoing growth that the company has experienced in just a couple of years.  In their eyes, this is not work but merely a step towards realizing their aspirations.

9. Armand Thiberge

Co-founder and CEO of SendinBlue, a company headquartered in Paris, France that empowers businesses to develop relationships through marketing campaigns, transactional messaging, and marketing automation. Prior to building this business from scratch with his co-founder and team of developers, Thiberge has actively been involved in creating other start-ups, such as Dual Technologies Services headquartered in India and France. Throughout his career, he has looked to include people from many cultural backgrounds who inherently understand the need to hustle in order to get what they want.

10. Shradha Agrawal

Leading the U.S. in patient education, Agrawal is the co-founder of Outcome Health. Her organization has doubled its revenue, profitability, and distribution year-over-year while being consistently recognized for its culture, customer service, and technology leadership. All of this is due to her unbelievable passion for helping the promotion of world health.  As she puts it, she never works, because her passion for Outcome Health makes its growth a genuine desire of hers. Agrawal was also recognized by the United Nations as Best Female Founder and represents a culture that has always worked tirelessly in order to achieve success.

11. Shaul Olmert

Olmert is the co-founder and CEO of Playbuzz, a leading authoring and distribution platform for publishers, brands, and agencies where they can create engaging content for editorial and commercial use through various interactive formats. He is intensely passionate about not only creating success for himself but also helping better the publishing process. As an Israeli entrepreneur and corporate executive, Olmert has worked in numerous positions throughout media to continually seek out the best solutions for the current trends. This hustle to perfect his skill sets in media led to him generating the momentum for Playbuzz.

12. John Lemp

John Lemp and his company, Revcontent have gained massive traction in recent years due to Lemp’s ability to push its network effects.  Revcontent is a content recommendation service that powers over 250 billion content recommendations per month as well as works with the world’s most innovative media companies and brands. He has been passionate about technology since he was a teenager and expects that same drive from those he hires. Hustling to build a company from the ground up, Lemp produced Revcontent in just three years and now is pushing his team members around the world, including those in Asia and Europe, to do the same.

13. Chalmers Brown

As CTO of Due, an online invoicing and payments company, Brown has focused on his drive to create the most comprehensive payments solution, incorporating blockchain technology and spending countless hours determining the best approach to security and compliance issues. Prior to Due, Brown was one of the youngest to compete in a technology Hackathon where he had previously developed other innovative products. Currently, he works with freelance developers located throughout Asia and Eastern Europe to further build out the company’s technology, bringing in the talent that shares his desire to work hard and get it done.

14. Damien Morin

Co-founder and CEO of Save, a Paris-based startup that focuses on smartphone repairs in shop locations as well as through an online service. This is his first startup, which he has managed to turn into a company with hundreds of employees and approximately $1.5 million in monthly revenue in just two short years. While the service is only available in some European countries, Morin is working toward rapidly expanding the service on a global basis, utilizing people throughout the world, such as talent from Asia, who want to work hard, hustle, and participate in growing something from the ground up.

15. Sandeep Aggarwal

ShopClues, India’s first managed online marketplace, and Droom, India’s first online marketplace for automobiles are both the product of Aggarwal and his enormous desire to add value to the world. Besides staying involved with startups, he also works as an angel investor and philanthropist. In an attempt to lift up the economic climate of India, Aggarwal holds in his heart the passion project of educating, investing in, and supporting the entrepreneurship realm of India.  Aggarwal is building a culture of hustle to move India forward in terms of startups, fundraising, entrepreneurship and the digital age.

When viewed altogether, these leaders illustrate that the hustle culture is more than working non-stop; it’s also about intelligence, innovative thinking, passion and drive with a determination to see and achieve all goals.

From those located in Asia to those in the western world, this makes for some of the most dynamic examples of leaders working hard to get what they want, showing that there are no gender, age, or cultural boundaries to developing and enacting the hustle culture.

While these leaders of the business world all have varied stories, interests, backgrounds, and ambitions, they all encapsulate the modern World Dream in their extraordinary desire to achieve.  Hustling is not a work yourself to death or success mentality, it is a means of creating everything you want at the cost of everything you could not care less about.

So maybe you want to add value to these people’s work, dream and hustle?

You just never know what may happen when you do.


Brian Rashid is an international speaker. If you have a cool story about how hard work helped you achieve your goals, connect@brianrashid.com

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