Whether you’re thinking about launching your own business or are striving to climb the corporate ladder in your field, one thing’s for sure: You’ve got to hustle to make it happen. Don’t know where to start? Pick up one (or all) of these practical, inspiring and educational books, filled with everything you need to know about the art of the hustle. From the secrets of successful entrepreneurs to straightforward ways to work smarter, these reads are sure to provide the kick-in-the-butt motivation you’ve been waiting for.
7 Books That Teach You the Art of the Hustle
Hustle, then rinse and repeat
‘Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum’ by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
This 2016 bestseller by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler—three of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and consultants—provides real-world advice on achieving success on your own terms. Within its three-part framework, “Heart, Head and Habits,” Hustle teaches readers how to monetize their passions, create their own luck and fuel their full potential.
‘Hustle Believe Receive: An 8-Step Plan to Changing Your Life and Living Your Dream’ by Sarah Centrella
Life-transformation coach, in-demand keynote speaker and author Sarah Centrella went from a single mother in poverty to an executive at a software company and a person living her dreams in just 18 months. In Hustle Believe Receive, Centrella shares her eight-step success plan called the #HBRMethod, along with over 50 stories of success from everyone from NFL and NBA stars to CEOs and banking execs. If you’ve ever looked at someone at the top of their game and wondered, “How did they do that?” this book is for you.
‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene
Want to become a master in your field and surge past your competitors? Bestselling author Robert Greene will tell you how. Gleaning insight from the lives of historical greats like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and even Napoleon, then turning their tactics into useful tips, Mastery is a no-nonsense guide on how to work hard and unlock your greatness.
‘Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days’ by Chris Guillebeau
If you’ve been sitting on a business idea but have been too afraid to take the leap, read this book ASAP. Author, founder and podcaster Chris Guillebeau provides the step-by-step methodology and practical strategies to give you the confidence to launch that side hustle and make serious cash in as little as 27 days. According to him, anyone can do it.
‘Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time’ By Jeff Sutherland
“Scrum,” a management method adopted by the world’s leading tech companies, has been reimagined for the broader business world by co-creator Jeff Sutherland. In this book, he provides unparalleled wisdom for leaders and hustlers in all fields, teaching readers how to rev up their productivity, solve complex problems with efficiency and totally transform their approach to work and life.
‘H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.’ by Brad Lomenick
With 20 years of experience working alongside Fortune 500 CEOs, startup entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, including Malcolm Gladwell, Brad Lomenick has pinpointed 20 essential habits of highly successful people and categorizes them into “the 3 Hs”: Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?) and Hustle (How will I get there?). This simple and straightforward guide will inspire you to embrace these habits in your own life in order to achieve success.
‘Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers’ by Morten T. Hansen
When it comes to the art of the hustle, working smarter, not harder, is the key. After conducting a unique study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten T. Hansen explores the secrets of top performers and turns them into seven actionable “work smarter practices” for anyone looking to maximize their time and productivity.