Eric Porteous


I went to high school from 1994 to 1998, which makes me . . . well, old. During those four illustrious years, I met some cool people, got good grades, and pretty much stayed out of trouble.

Altogether, I'd say I lived a pretty good life in high school. But there's one thing I wish I had done more.

One thing I wish that I had taken seriously.

One word that, if I could do it all over again, I would put into my everyday vocabulary.

And what is that word?


That's it.

That one word could've singlehandedly transformed my life. It would have not only improved my life in high school, but it would have made me a better student in college and put me down a path to chasing my real goals and dreams.

But for those four years, I didn't always choose hustle.

Sometimes I chose sleeping in. Sometimes I chose skipping the reading for class because I knew I could 'get by.'

Sometimes I chose putting off my goals because TV or chatting on AOL Instant Messenger (before text messaging came and stomped on its heart) sounded so much more appealing.

I created bad habits that took a long time to break not realizing that the 'real world' doesn't care if I 'need a nap.” Nor does it want satisfactory work. The 'real world' demands hustle, and so does our Lord.

God didn't give us a bunch of gifts and talents just so we could lie around and let them waste away. And when the disciples were told by Jesus to 'Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28:19), they didn't respond, 'Ok, but first we need a nap.'

Twelve men were entrusted with evangelizing the whole world.

And that requires hustle.

What are your dreams?

What are your goals?

What does God want from you in this life? It is different for all of us, but the one thing it will require is hustle. And now is the best time to start.

Question: What is one way you can hustle more this week?

Eric Porteous

About the Author

I'm a very passionate person who likes to make people think, smile, and laugh. I love sports, helping people with their finances, and working out (Honestly... I'm huge. Don't be jealous.) But, when it comes right down to it, I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to live an extraordinary life. Follow me on Twitter @EricSPorteous.