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Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler

The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum

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Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler encourages readers to break free from the traditional career path and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. The book provides practical advice on how to turn passions and ideas into successful businesses.

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    The rigged economic system prevents us from following our dreams.

    Are you one of those people who considers her job to be perfect and wouldn’t change a thing about it? Well, the majority of folks don’t fit that description. In fact, many people feel that their daily working life amounts to no less than a daunting, repetitive slog.

    Just take a Gallup poll which found that around 90 percent of the world’s workers don’t feel emotionally connected to their jobs.

    While the majority of people want to move away from this lifestyle, doing so is nearly impossible because of the way society is structured. After all, people end up in these jobs by following a very specific and common path. They go to college, maybe even graduate school, because they are told that’s the only way to land the kind of career they are expected to want.

    But education is expensive. Outstanding student loans in America rose to a staggering $516 billion in 2007. By 2015, that number had climbed to $1.2 trillion!

    This travesty means that the average college graduate owes over $30,000 in student loans. For graduate students, that number easily climbs to six figures. For most people, going to college means loading up on debt.

    Simultaneously, salaries have dropped and technology, paired with globalization, has meant an overall decline in the number of jobs. And who knows when people who are lucky enough to have jobs will be hit by the next major crisis and put out of work?

    In this frightening climate, people take jobs to pay off their debt and cover their bills rather than fulfill their dreams. Just take a 2015 study, in which researchers asked 18- to 29-year-olds if they thought the American Dream was dead or alive. While 49 percent answered “alive,” 48 percent said “dead.”

    But what other option is there other than doing these unfulfilling jobs? Well, that’s exactly what we’ll explore in the blinks that follow.

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    What is Hustle about?

    Hustle (2016) is your guide to getting by while doing what you love. These blinks explain the job dissatisfaction epidemic and explore ways to free yourself from the monotonous and unfulfilling toil of the everyday by realizing your dreams – however far-fetched and unattainable they might seem.

    Hustle Review

    Hustle (2016) is a must-read for anyone looking to get ahead in the modern world. Here's why this book is worth picking up:

    • With its emphasis on practical strategies and real-world examples, the book provides an actionable blueprint for achieving success in today's fast-paced environment.
    • The authors' unique perspectives and insights offer a fresh take on entrepreneurship and productivity, making it a valuable resource for those seeking inspiration and guidance.
    • Far from being a dry business book, Hustle is filled with fascinating stories and engaging anecdotes, keeping readers entertained and motivated throughout.

    Best quote from Hustle

    In the sixteenth century, the word hustle was derived from the Dutch verb hutselen meaning to shake.

    —Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler
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    Who should read Hustle?

    • Entrepreneurs
    • Workers who hate their jobs
    • Artists who want to follow their dreams

    About the Author

    Neil Patel is an entrepreneur and digital marketer who works with major corporations like NBC, HP, and Viacom to boost their revenue. He’s a co-founder of the Hello Bar and Crazy Egg platforms, which help people understand visitors to their websites.

    Patrick Vlaskovits is a writer and entrepreneur who has contributed to prestigious publications like the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. He’s a regular speaker at tech conferences and is the co-founder and head of Superpowered Inc., an online work platform for audio engineers.

    Jonas Koffler is a writer and media consultant who advises leaders, artists, start-ups and large companies on development, innovation and strategy. As a writer, he has contributed to a number of bestsellers.

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    Hustle teaches us that success is a product of hard work, resilience, and seizing opportunities.

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    Who is the author of Hustle?

    Hustle is written by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler.

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