Laws of Hustle: An Unfinished Book

Updated: Sep 5

In fall 2016, someone who I thought was my friend jokingly asked me to write a book about hustle. I saw no reason not to do it. The following principles allowed me to finish college in 2 and a half years. Then, I fell chronically sick. When I woke up on the other side (several months later), I had forgotten about it. Life took a busy turn, and I did not recover it until January 2020, which was partly the motivation behind this blog. I am posting it here if someone wants to read it for fun.


The idea came today’s morning. I must appreciate [name removed because the person turned out fake] for inviting me to Haunted House Park. The conversation happened before my 9 am class. You [she] were about to go to Bowen. Today is friday. I am sitting in Dr. Donna Gainer's class. Having found the idea is the positive statement for today.


Two principles you must work on are "know that you can do anything" and "every moment do your best". If what you are doing is not the best you can do, you must game up. If you are mad at someone, it does not help you in any way. Therefore, I, hereby, outlaw useless emotions like regret.

1. It does not matter where you start from. Some people are born blind, deaf.

2. The world is not supposed to care. Most die in anonymity.

3. You must focus on things that make money, not on things that steal it. For example, your job, your education are things that make money. Your phone steals your money and time. In the end, you get "nothing but a bill" (inspired by Eric Thomas).

4. Even food is an expense. In dire situations, you must cut intake. By law, you must not fail, for you have only life to succeed and only one moment to act.

5. Some say you should enjoy every moment of your life without thinking too much, which is justifiable. I concede to that. However, this applies to people who already have good lives or at least normal life. If you have been denied the pleasures of a warm childhood, of a close-nit family, of friendship and love, or of basic sustenance, you must attain greatness. You do not have much to lose.

6. Yet grab every moment. Talk to that girl. Do not stop yourself by being too focused to miss a great opportunity.

7. Never oversleep, no matter what day it is. Sleep research is not conclusive. I assume adequate sleep should increase your productivity. However, oversleeping only makes you more dead.

8. When you wake up should not be related to when you go to sleep. It pushes you to schedule yourself to sleep on time. Such a schedule naturalizes your efforts to wake up. Someday, you may not even need an alarm.

9. Never say something is hard. By saying that, you handicap yourself. Is it hard because not many are doing it? How many do you know? There are 7 billion people on this planet.

10. Do not base your perception of difficulty on what others are doing. You are unaware of your abilities. If I magically endow everyone with the ability to run twice as fast you do, you will soon catch up.

11. Although I encourage you to sleep more, you must possess the ability to stay up all night or a few nights in a row; If an opportunity shows up, you must have time to claim it, before others do.

12. Change your outlook towards hard work. You should not only be ready but willing to give up sleep. In fact, you should be pleased to say that you have not slept for 50 hours because you want to be successful.

The next few laws explain how to deal with people you find difficult.

13. Stop judging or forming opinions. You do not have time for that. You are very likely to forget the person you are about to curse.

14. Even if you find someone dumb or stupid, do not dislike or put him down, just as you won’t put down a cat for not comprehending physics.

15. If you are stuck with a stupid, don’t say much. Ask about things she likes. Having spent years on the planet, she must have experienced and seen things you haven't. Find out what skill, what piece of knowledge she has, and make her share it. Beat out whatever knowledge she has. As soon as the situation facilitates parting, greet and thank her for her wisdom.

16. When you succeed, two things are very likely to occur. Those who know your effort and persistence will admire you. Those who didn't see you hustle and fail but only succeed may hate. They may even call your success fortunate, not made. In that case, they may get jealous of your fortune, e.i. you. The next few laws explain how to deal with haters.

17. You can choose not to respond to haters. There are 7 billion people on this planet. You practically cannot respond to everybody.

18. You may engage in a positive conversation until they start to believe that your hustle is genuine. For example, if I say I never took a vacation in the first 20 years of my life, people may not admire that in the short term. Over time, if they came across people I grew up with, they would know that I truly never took a vacation. Once their sample size is good enough to establish a causal relationship between your hustle and progress, they will actually begin to admire you. If someone is not nice to you, you have not yet acquired them. Acquire every group and everyone to rule.

19. In the short term, when a positive conversation cannot happen, do not reveal your success or improvement. If you think you are more intellectually developed (there’s no way to quantifiable tell it though), don’t let them even smell it. Artificially lower yourself to bond with them so you can understand them and learn from them.

20. Do not dislike people for not working hard. Some people have good lives and lack the fire to improve, which is completely fine. Their actions and judgment of the same must be irrelevant to you. You must entirely focus only on your goals and actions.

21. Success is creating the purposeful, not being appreciated for it. If you painted something with a genuine purpose, you are already successful. Whether you sell or not is secondary. The intention of the painting was to be a painting and convey your purpose, which is done. Some may claim that such a reckless notion of success may encourage people to draw paintings and write books carelessly, and call themselves successful. However, if they do that, they would instinctively feel that they have not fulfilled any purpose, which means they are not successful.

22. Entrepreneurship isn't making money. It is to fulfill a purpose or solve a problem. If you manage to do that, you are successful even if your bank balance is 0. If you doubt that, you are probably chasing money, not entrepreneurship.

23. Money should be secondary, for it adds little value to life, yet I concede that extreme destitution worsens your life. Poverty is not to be celebrated either.

24. Champion Yourself. If somebody is deriding you, you can taunt back, but you will only waste your time and get distracted. Thus, you must walk away. Soon, they and their derisive words will be forgotten. Tempting it is to reply and champion them, but you must champion yourself.

25. Be wary of what you want, for the world is fair. In general, you get things in the same things you prioritize. For example, if your priorities are parties> women> food> success, you get parties first, then women, then weight, then success though tentative. However, if your priorities are success over anything, you would give up everything. Chances of getting fat or getting women would be less, but, at the same time, chances of success would be remarkably high. Back in fall 15, I got plenty of phone numbers and two Bs. The next semester, I got no phone numbers and scored 6 whooping As. Be sure about what you want, for you might just get it.