I was privileged to work with two bosses (at different times, though). I will tag my first boss, “Mr. Entrepreneur,” and my second boss, “Mr. Hustler.” They manage an IT training institute. Working with them, I had different experiences and feelings, and I would relate them to you.
Mr. Entrepreneur’s office is a small place yet beautifully furnished, has a receptionist desk, classrooms with systems neatly arranged with a board, and a standing fan.
Mr. Hustler’s office is also small with no particular arrangements, few systems (mostly faulty), Photocopier, or scanner (according to customers’ needs). The office is arranged according to the task for the day.
Mr. Entrepreneur employs qualified or trained people and offers staff training monthly. All staff members have their responsibilities duly stated. He believes in giving value to his students.
Mr. Hustler employs few high school students/graduates with little training; they also run his other petty businesses. He gives them materials to use and copy on the board for students. He will say, “you don’t go too far with them( their students). Just the basic is enough for them. Moreover, they wouldn’t know”.
At the end of the training, Mr. Entrepreneur awards the student with certifications immediately (as it’s included in their fee). Mr. Hustler, however, collects money for certificates and never shows up the certificate, just stories. Employees have to make up a story each time a graduate shows up.
Mr. Entrepreneur specializes in just IT training and gives the best. Mr. Hustler shifts to any area in IT that pays. You may not be surprised if he becomes a technician tomorrow. Mr hustler makes the photocopy, does the typing and printing services, stationery sales, laptop, and phone repairs, phone and laptop accessory sales, scratch card sales, IT training, and management training. Not like we have all these available in the office, we just switch from one to another when there’s a need.
Mr. Entrepreneur has sound financial management skills; all transactions are duly recorded with receipts and, on a few occasions, had issues with his staff salaries. On the other hand, Mr. Hustler would pocket each payment immediately without any form of record, use the business income as he wants, and leave staff salaries unpaid. Well, they leave after a while, and new staff members take their place.
Mr. Entrepreneur’s business has expanded as they have more students because of the needs they meet and the excellent services they give. Mr. Hustler is still hustling, his business is stagnant, but he has built a house and owned a car.
Working with Mr. Entrepreneur was impactful as I got my skills sharpened and got new skills. Working with Mr. Hustler was draining as he never gives room for excellence, just anything that brings money.
One of the significant differences between an entrepreneur and a hustler is their goals; an entrepreneur works with a long term goal of building and sustaining a long term business and opportunities while a hustler works with a short term goal, which is to make quick money.
A hustler needs to keep hustling to avoid his income crumbling while an entrepreneur can relax at a point, and the wealth system he has built over the years works for him.
So, are you an entrepreneur or a hustler? If you are an entrepreneur, congratulations. If you still a hustler, it’s not a bad thing; just don’t let your aspiration stop there. Seek to build a sustainable business.
What else does a hustler have to do to become an entrepreneur? We would love to hear from you in the comments section!