I’ve been a hustler for years. And generally speaking, it’s not a good thing. But perception is reality. It’s all about who you are, what you’re doing, and how you perceive it. The bottom line: Word games are word games. Right is right, and wrong is wrong.
If I’m a hustler who lies, steals, cheats, uses and abuses to get ahead…I’m still a hustler. Or, if I’m a hustler who works hard to do what’s right, and I’m honest with integrity…I’m still a hustler.
But the truth is, why use such a tainted word to describe such admirable accomplishments?
That’s like saying the man who invented St. Judes Children’s Hospital is a hustler! Right away people would frown on that and be like, “What? Wait! Why?” Then a slick word game would follow and it would go like this: “Yeah, he’s passionate, always looking for opportunities, works hard, dreams of the future while focused on today, fearless, he’s a builder & a strategist.”
Only after a long explanation would people understand. Maybe. Others would still disagree.
Using the word “hustler” in a positive light, is taking the word out of context. Sure, it can be justified and make perfect sense. But only a hustler would manipulate the word “hustler” to try to make it sound like a positive trait.
As for me, I’m an ex-hustler gone legit. I’m expanding my skills into a positive realm as I strive to be morally sound while tapping the world market with my network of prison literature.
If you conducted a poll, you’d find that criminals and street people would consider being called a “hustler” a compliment. And respected businessmen would not consider themselves a “hustler”, and would be offended if someone were to call them one.
So there you have it, my opinion on the word “hustler”.
PS – This was in response to a blog posted in 2007 called “Mind Of A Hustler”, by The Hustler.