Learning the Way of the Hustle…as an Entrepreneur

January 2, 2018 | Karolina

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We all work hard for our money but have you ever wondered if there is something else that you can do to make MORE money? In his book, "Side Hustle," Chris Guillebeau tackles this idea by referring to a method which he calls "side hustling".

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "hustling" as both a noun and as an action:

-The act of pushing or jostling roughly.
   -A swindle, racket; a means of deception or fraud; a source of income; a paid job. slang (orig. U.S.).

    -To urge, impel, push forward (into some action) in a rough unfastidious fashion.
    -To sell or serve (goods, etc.), esp. in an aggressive, pushing manner. N. Amer. slang. 
    -To push or elbow one's way.

As a noun, "hustle" refers to the act of hustling, a pushy and forceful manner to make an income. The act of swindling can also be seen as a hustle since it happens very quickly and in a pushy manner. Chris Guilleabeau's explores "hustle" and "side hustle" by talking about a way to quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job. According to him, "side hustle skills are not taught in school...The only way to master side hustle skills is by doing" (p.7). With this, he created a 27-day plan which, if followed, would bring a profitable hustle. The main objectives are broken down into the following five weeks:

Page 9 from the book side hustle  Page 10 from the book side hustle
To learn more about Chris' proposed approach, pick up a copy of Side Hustle at your local branch or "Place Hold" to have the first available copy shipped to your local branch for pick up. 

Toronto Public Library also has a lot of books on entrepreneurship, career development and success in business. To find more books about hustling, check out these titles and the ones below:

How to be a bawse a guide to conquering life by lilly singh  Spark & hustle launch and grow your small business now by tory johnson All in by arlene dickinson  Cold hard truth on business  money & life by kevin o'leary  Rise and Grind How to Out-Perform  Out-Work  and Out-Hustle the Competition by Daymond John You don't have to be a shark creating your own success by robert herjavec 

If you hope to encourage your children to start young and build entrepreneurial skills, check out these books:

  Better than a lemonade stand small business ideas for kids by daryl bernstein  202 ways not to mooch off your parents by james stephenson  The new totally awesome business book for kids (and their parents) with twenty super businesses you can start right now by Arthur berg bochner