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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Cutting-Edge Lessons and Hard-Earned Advice on Making a Comeback

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'Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter' by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is a motivational book that outlines the rapper's journey to success. It offers insights into how to cultivate a winning mindset, build resilience, and develop work ethic to overcome life's challenges.

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    Don’t get comfortable with fear

    Imagine getting shot nine times. Now imagine surviving it, going through the therapy to recover, and feeling the intense pain of every wound for an extended period of time.

    You might be afraid of feeling pain like that again. You might be afraid to go back to the place where you got shot. That’s exactly the way Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, felt the day he went back to his grandma’s house – the scene of the crime – after recovering from his gunshot wounds.

    He felt fear, and he didn’t like that feeling. But he wanted to get back into his routine of running every morning, so he decided to run in the same neighborhood he’d gotten shot in. It terrified him, but that was the point.

    It all boils down to a simple truth: Fear isn’t the problem. Getting comfortable with fear is the problem.

    Being OK with your fear is a form of complacency. It’s impossible to grow as a person, in a career, or in pursuit of a dream if you’ve simply found a way to avoid being in contact with your fear.

    Say you, like most people, are afraid of public speaking, but your job frequently requires it. Maybe you find a workaround – such as having a coworker present in meetings – or simply avoid any voluntary public speaking.

    Sure, you’ve found a safe, comfortable way of existing. But you won’t advance, and people who are less qualified than you may get promoted faster because of their willingness to do what you’re too afraid to confront.

    The flip side to that feeling of safety and comfort is that it’s actually a prison. When you cave to fear, you’re stuck. You’re trapped. If you want freedom, you can only find it on the other side of fear. And that freedom is where you need to be in order to create, innovate, grow, or advance in any way.

    The biggest problem is that many people who are comfortable in their fears would deny it if you asked them. They don’t see themselves as afraid. If this is you, there’s a way to identify whether you’re being trapped or controlled by your fears. And that’s if you find yourself changing your routines or behaving in a way that runs counter to your best interests in order to avoid something.

    If you frequently veer into the stairwell because you see an intimidating boss stepping into the elevator, you’re avoiding fear. Not going to an audition, saying no to an invitation that could help you network, not raising your hand in class when you have the answer – these are all examples of avoiding fear.

    So first ask yourself, What am I afraid of? Then ask whether the risks of confronting your fear are more important than the potential upside. Chances are, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll find that the risks are worth it.

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    What is Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter about?

    Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter (2021) offers life lessons from Curtis Jackson – aka rapper 50 Cent. From street wisdom to the art of the deal, Jackson shares stories and wisdom from his continued rise to the top. 

    Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter Review

    Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter (2020) by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is a book that offers valuable insights into success and self-improvement. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical strategies and tips that can be applied to achieve personal and professional goals, allowing readers to take control of their destiny.
    • Through real-life anecdotes and experiences, the book offers a unique perspective on overcoming adversity and making the most of opportunities.
    • The book's honest and authentic voice keeps readers engaged, ensuring that it is anything but boring, and instead, a fascinating journey into the world of success.

    Who should read Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter?

    • Fans of 50 Cent
    • People hungry for success
    • Anyone interested in personal development

    About the Author

    Curtis Jackson – otherwise known as 50 Cent – is a rapper, the executive producer and star of Power, and a New York Times best-selling author. His second book builds on the principles in The 50th Law and offers even more insights into succeeding in the corporate world. 

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    The main message of Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter is to achieve success by adapting, learning, and growing from life's challenges.

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    Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter is worth reading as it offers valuable insights and strategies to improve personal and professional success.

    Who is the author of Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter?

    The author of Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter is Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson.

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