Here you’ll find books and songs for the average hustling citizen. There are countless ways to keep your mindset positive and motivation persistent. For me, mindset and motivation vary from day to day and according to the problems* I’m facing. Two of my favorite ways to work through these “life fluctuations” are words and rhythm. So, without further adieu, I give you my ever expanding reading list and playlist!

*Please note: problems are a fact of life. They never ever go away. It’s not about getting rid of a problem. It’s about adapting and getting better at working through them. Not to mention problems draw out our creativity!!


Remember, public libraries are a great way to self-educate on a budget. Feel free to suggest books to add to the Toolbox at hustlingcitizen [at] gmail [dot] com.

Have read:

Growing a Business (1988) by Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. This book covers every stage of a business, from the conception of an idea to growth and retirement. It’s a read and read and read again, so definitely keep this one in the good ole personal library!

Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). This book is fascinating! I think the most mind altering concepts he presents is an actual technique to having faith. 

Super Rich (2011) by Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons’ businesses have spanned music, film, tv, fashion, video games, the web and financial services; his activism has encompassed poverty, education, social justice and inclusion. In 2007, Simmons released the wildly successful book “Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success,” which combined effective business practices with a spiritual foundation to be your best.  This was followed up in 2011 with another New York Times best seller, “Super Rich: Inside and Out” about the power of inward strength and reflection as a means of achieving human aspiration. Thanks to this book, I was able to approach meditation on my own and feel like I was doing things right. One of Uncle Rush’s gifts is his ability to convey information in a way that anyone can digest. 

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield


Currently Reading:

Making a Living without a Job (2009 – revised) by Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter is the visionary-in-chief at Winning Ways, a training and publishing company she founded to pass along what she’s discovered about creative self-employment. She conducts seminars, and hosts retreats and workshops each year. In addition, Barbara frequently teaches teleclasses that attract participants from around the world. This book is very hands on, so make sure to have pen and paper handy.

In Queue:

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins
Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser
Small-Time Operator by Bernard Karmoroff
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Honest Business by Michael Phillips and Salli Rasberry
The Entrepreneur & Small Business Problem Solver by William A. Cohen
On Creativity by David Bohm
The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol
Pattern and Growth in Personality by Dr. Gordon [Harvard]
Getting Rich Your Own Way by Srully Blotnick
Do You! by Russell Simmons


“Music makes you lose control” … in a good way. Feel free to suggest tunes to add to the Toolbox at hustlingcitizen [at] gmail [dot] com. Note: I try to keep this list as vulgar-less as possible.

Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives
Keep Ya Head Up – Tupac
Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
Try Again – Aaliyah
I’m Cool – Anthony Hamilton
Closer – Goapele
Faith – George Michael
Happy People – R Kelly


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