The best books to kick you into high gear

Steve Mastroianni Author Of Hobby Boss: Turn Your Passion Into Profits Online
By Steve Mastroianni

Who am I?

I have been interested in motivation, productivity, and growth my whole life. I find it fascinating how we all have 24 hours; however, some people can maximize that time to create success while others let it go to waste. It all comes down to mindset. As an entrepreneur, I’ve consumed countless books, courses, and coaching programs to create what I call the “Rockstar Mind.” It has helped me tour the world opening for bands like KISS, write two best-selling books and 3 hit songs, and run two online businesses while supporting my young family during a global pandemic. I’m always looking for the edge to create more impact in my day.


I wrote...

Hobby Boss: Turn Your Passion Into Profits Online

By Steve Mastroianni,

Book cover of Hobby Boss: Turn Your Passion Into Profits Online

What is my book about?

Have you ever wished you could make money doing what you love? Hobby Boss is a simple step-by-step system for creating a profitable online business out of your favourite hobby—by teaching that hobby to other

enthusiasts!

Based on my own success in building a six-figure annual revenue with my hobby business, Hobby Boss walks you through my “Four Pillars of Profit” for creating and growing any online hobby enterprise. Use them to quickly create your first solution, your first sale, and your first customer success story. By following the steps laid out in each chapter, you’ll have your own Hobby Business Plan filled out and ready to launch in twenty-four hours or less!

The books I picked & why

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The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

By Grant Cardone,

Book cover of The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Why this book?

This is my go-to book to feel motivated and get back into taking action (or “massive action” as Grant calls it). I highly recommend getting your hands on the audiobook version and setting the speed to at least 1.5x to get a world-class pep talk from one of the most energetic and best action-takers out there. I guarantee it will inspire you to get more out of your day.


Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness

By Tim S. Grover, Shari Wenk,

Book cover of Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness

Why this book?

Tim’s stories about Michael Jordan are worth the price of admission alone. What I really love about this book is how Tim breaks down the mindset of a champion – what it takes to overcome the daily challenges that come your way and thrive when the odds are working against you. The audiobook version also has great chapter intros by Tim.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson,

Book cover of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Why this book?

A Zen-like book with the angst of a teenager. The thing I love most about this book is how it helps you reconnect with your core values. In other words, it helps to weed out all the BS we have to deal with every day (i.e. social media likes, living up to unattainable ideals, etc.) in order to achieve inner peace. It also had me burst out laughing a few times. Highly recommended if you’re feeling in a funk.


Work Less, Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love

By James Schramko,

Book cover of Work Less, Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love

Why this book?

James is one of my friends and mentors and when he speaks, I listen. He has the rare ability to condense decades of wisdom into a handful of principles & strategies that anybody can use to quickly increase their income. Most of the book contains simple, common-sense strategies that will have you nodding your head and then scratching it, wondering how you didn’t think of doing it that way before. Reading this book was also a personal revelation for me because it inspired me to write my first book and even inspired the title.


How the Best Get Better

By Dan Sullivan,

Book cover of How the Best Get Better

Why this book?

This is a pretty rare recommendation and I only heard of this gem through my first ever business coach Alex Jeffreys who was being coached by Dan Sullivan at the time. When he mentioned the title How the Best Get Better I knew it would be perfect for a high-achiever like me and it was love at first listen. Dan is a master of creating innovative technology for the mind that helps entrepreneurs navigate the inherent challenges of their market and operate their business with 100% clarity and confidence. This is a once-a-year listen for me and I highly recommend you track down a copy and check it out.


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