Do you hustle as much as Trump or Biden? Written by Keith Kokoruz on October 27, 2020

Let me start by saying this blog has nothing to do with politics. It is simply an observation of two candidates and how they are choosing to finish their campaign for president.

Just like the last election, it would appear that Donald Trump is going to campaign to as many people as possible with multiple rallies scheduled every day up until November 2, 2020. Biden however has chosen to do the opposite. He is campaigning remotely doing interviews.

The question becomes will the better man win or will the harder working man win. I believe this is true in life and politics. Even if you loathe Donald Trump and everything he stands for, you have to admit the man knows how to hustle. I remember reading his original book that outlined one of his average days which stared at 4:30 a.m. and went late into the evening. I have also recently watched an interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His work out regime started at 4:30 a.m. followed by shower, breakfast, and then hair/make-up in order for him to be on the set in time for shooting. Both of these men have made the choice to work incredibly hard in order to put themselves at the top of their fields. It was noted that even in the hospital when diagnosed with Covid, Trump continued working.

Joe Biden appears to have a different concept and doesn’t feel the need to be out with the public going from rally to rally as Trump does. It doesn’t mean he isn’t working just as hard as Trump, but the optics may appear that way to some. I read an article that Biden used to take the train 2 ½ hours each way from Delaware to Washington every day in order for him to be at home with his kids every night. This once again shows me his devotion and work ethic as it pertained to his family.

Now my question for you is this, does your work ethic reflect that of either candidate?

I generally wake up about 4:30 am and watch the news for about 30 minutes. I then get on my laptop and check email and attempt to respond to everything I can. I then go through my list of what I know needs to get done during the day as well as what I need to get done for the entire week. This list changes every day. I read somewhere years ago that if you make your “To Do” list before you go to bed you get a better night’s rest because you don’t have as many things/worries on your mind since you have written them down and in doing so have started the process. I am in the shower by 6:30 and then have breakfast with my father at a local restaurant at 7:00 a.m. I am in the office every morning by 8:30. We open to the public at 10:00 a.m. The quiet time until 10:00 a.m. allows me to straighten up my desk, quickly clean up the office, make some coffee, write some blogs like this one, post to social media, read, and get my workday moving. I will generally grind in my office all day and call it a day around 6:00 p.m. unless I have appointments. If I find myself in “work mode” and I am accomplishing a ton of stuff, I will stay until I can’t see straight. I have been known to spend the night in the office often. I keep a packed overnight bag in the office at all times. I also have cable tv here to keep me company during these times.

I am not implying that I work any harder than anyone else by sharing my schedule, but I have been asked repeatedly how I keep all of my plates spinning in the air all the time. My answer is that I was told once that I couldn’t do it. I also do not have kids or a spouse, so I have fewer personal responsibilities than those with one or both.

I knew a business owner who said that when he was an employee, he thought he worked very hard for his boss. He then left the company to start his own business and realized how much harder he needed to work and how much harder he actually worked when working for himself.

It is my belief that the business owners who work the hardest during Covid instead of giving up will end up surviving it. The rewards today are much smaller. I have never worked so hard for so little money before in my life.

I will bet on a hard worker with average talent over a talented person with an average work ethic every day of the week.

If you are reading this, I hope that you are digging down and making things happen for your business so that you come out on the other side of Covid stronger, leaner, and more successful then you ever dreamed possible.