Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter

Curtis Jackson

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter



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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is a world-famous rapper and entrepreneur. In his book, Hustle Harder Hustle Smarter, he describes his nine key “lessons” for achieving success, whether on the streets or in business. He combines stories of his often-tragic personal experiences with tales of the big names in the music industry and beyond, proving that what he has learnt in his life and career can be applied to any situation. In Hustle Harder Hustle Smarter, Jackson shares the strategies that helped make him into the inimitable artist known as 50 Cent, so that you too can confidently chase your dreams.

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Analysis and key concepts


It's not about turning into 50 Cent, but taking examples from Curtis Jackson to help us change something in our lives


Becoming fearless doesn't mean living on the edge, but facing our own limits


Prioritising a clean lifestyle and listening to our instincts are imperative if we want to follow our passions and make our dreams come true


To be able to count on other people, we need to build our crew and learn to motivate the people in it


Knowing our worth is critical, as is getting up and making things happen, without waiting for permission


We should never think we're the most intelligent person in the room: true value is in the kind of confrontation that leads to growth, both as entrepreneurs and as people


Nobody can ever be a better version of us, if we own our truth


We can't allow someone else's disapproval to undermine our own success




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand the difficulties of growing up on the streets, far beyond the boundaries of the law, and the lessons you can learn from such experiences.
  • Tackle every area of your personal and professional life with a success-oriented approach.
  • Find out what it's like to be an international superstar, and learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best.

Curtis Jackson is the man behind the 'persona' that is 50 Cent. Apart from being one of the most famous rappers in the world, over the years, Curtis has also established himself as a businessman and entrepreneur. He is also an actor, writer, and record and television producer. In 2015, Forbes ranked him as the fifth richest hip-hop artist in the world, with assets of around $155 million.

Publishing house:

‎Amistad Pr