It’s another one of those nights where my brain won’t shut off. One idea gives way to the next, which leads to another, until I get no rest. I have A Hustler’s Ambition. The nerdy part of me advocates sleep. Sleep is my body’s way of resting and resetting. The hustler in me says, “Hell No!” In a state of temporary unconscious rest, I won’t be able to brainstorm. I loose 8 hours of thoughts. Who knows what great thoughts I coulda thunk up.

Is my fear unnatural? Possibly. When I told the docs how my brain works, they put me on meds for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I really thought I was messed up til I got to see Diddy in action. If little sleep will turn me into a mogul, I’m with it. I’m down for the cause. I’m creating imaginary picket signs and directing supporters to man the lines surrounding my pillow.

Picket signs may be a tad too extreme, but you get the point.

A true Hustler’s Ambition is to be at the top of your game at all times. For me that means being well rested so I can have a successful day at my 9-5. A successful day there gives me the resources to fund my hustle (“The Miseducation of an Urban Nerd”).

In actuality, sleep is my hustle. It’s nothing to fear. Usually I say, “I can sleep when I’m dead. If a lack of sleep shortens my life, at least you’ll know I lived every minute of it!”

I’m still shoutin it, but my employed ass needs to keep it that way. Time to count sheep. I’m sleep.