NAME: John Flaherty
OCCUPATION: Recycling waste material into energy. Perpetually searching for the appropriate business partners.
LOCATION: Road warrior – split between apartment in Las Vegas, hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and job sites across the country.
WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: Staying alive one day to the next while trying to stay out of my own way. I am practicing to be a better listener. I am working on the anti-hustle.
WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: I guess the real hustle is being the best person you can be. The world will long since forget what you did, said or owned, but instead, people will remember how you made them feel. I try to associate myself with people that bring out the best in me. Along the journey, we get to meet all kinds of people from Yale to jail. I try to stay in the middle of the vulgar herd, since there I am less likely to get picked off.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY THREE TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: Duct tape (to repair something or myself), my 5-speed blender (for protein/power/juice shakes, plus a very reliable, drama-free companion), built-in mute button (so I can nonchalantly mute anyone talking about politics, religion or the economy).
EPILOGUE: A note of gratitude for documenting the phenomena of “hustle”… it forces one to take a look at one’s compass to see where they have been and where they are headed. No retreat, baby. No surrender. Love, Daddy-O