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What to do when you’ve hit a wall professionally

Work harder.

Ira Glass echoes a sentiment above that we try to spread that everyone struggles with at one point or another. When you’re stuck and your work isn’t as good as you think it should be, or when your creativity has hit a wall, work harder. Push through.

When your blog is a jumbled mess that looks like a PennySaver, scrap it and work harder. When your marketing campaign looks like and sounds like a cheesy slapstick ad, scrap it and work harder. When your negotiation skills aren’t as sharp as your opponent, read everything you can, join Toastmasters, practice negotiating with your coworkers, work harder.

The word “hustle” has negative connotations for Baby Boomers, but for Millenials, it’s a mandate to work harder, so hard that you’re almost proud of how little sleep you get. Creativity comes in many forms and it doesn’t always come naturally, it takes a lot of work.

So when you’ve hit a wall, keep going, work harder, hustle.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Ryan Schattner

    October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Great video! I have gone through that a few times. The hard part is to make sure you don't start imitating someone else to close the gap. If you copy you will just end up with mediocre un-original products.

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