If you are reading this and you are not in the Green Room or part of any other hustler community, you probably are not perceiving the world like a hustler yet. Hear me out. I am not here to put you down, I am here to teach you. Sometimes, people simply do not get things unless it is broken down step by step and put in front of them tangibly. That is why I am a big advocate on writing down your ideas, goals, aspirations and budget.

Let me give you an example of how a typical person views the world versus how a hustler views the world. After you understand this concept the world is yours and the only thing separating you from your desires is education and willpower. (I don’t mean education in the sense of formal education, but in experience, reading, learning, being hands on, receiving mentorship, anecdotes and wisdom). So let us jump into what I am talking about so that you can rewire your brain and perceive the world like a hustler and the successful 2% of the world.

TYPICAL PERSON MINDSET:  Hi I’m George Smith. I make a salary of $40,000.00 per year. After taxes I make $33,000.00 per year. I have a lot of expenses such as having student loans, insurance payments, cell phone payments, rent, gas and groceries.

Working off of my $33,000.00 and bills I can comfortably afford my rent of $1,200.00 per month and drive a Toyota Camry for $210.00 per month. I love renting and driving my Camry. One day I will upgrade to Altima and if I’m lucky maybe a Lexus when I retire.

STOP RIGHT THERE. George Smith has “the typical person” mindset. He is working off of his BASE INCOME AFTER TAXES and not thinking outside of the box. He is okay with living safe, under the umbrella and mediocre.  George Smith does not have to live like this forever (although there is nothing wrong with this). If he just opened up his brain and was taught how to hustle with a simple approach he could immediately start upgrading his lifestyle. Let me show you how to do this.

HUSTLER MINDSET: Hello my name is Mark McMoney. I make a salary of $40,000.00 per year. After taxes I make $33,000.00 per year. I have a lot of expenses such as having student loans, insurance payments, cell-phone payments, rent, gas and groceries.

Working off of my $33,000.00 and bills I can afford housing for $1,200.00 per month and a car payment of $250.00 per month. But that’s just working off of my base salary. In reality I have a mortgage payment of $1,500.00 into my beautiful 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 car garage (putting equity into my own real estate instead of renting) and I drive beautiful Mercedes Benz CLA. You may be asking yourself how is this possible when George Smith and I make the same amount of money based on salary? Well the difference is being able to hustle and putting things into perspective. Look at my chart below to get an understanding.

George Smith                                                Toyota_Camry_LE

Renting Apartment:              $1,200.00 Month              

Toyota Camry Payment:         $250.00        



Mark McMoney


Mortgage Payment into Own House:  $1,500.00    

Mercedes Benz CLA Payment:        $350.00                    

So what the difference here? For George Smith to get a Mortgage and put equity into his own home it costs $300.00 per month more. For George Smith to upgrade his ride into luxury instead of waiting until retirement, it costs an extra $180.00 per month. So for $400.00 George Smith can live in more luxury like Mark McMoney.  Of course this is a simple example of one aspect of one persons life for demonstrative purposes and everyone’s situation or goals will be different. 

The real question is, how does Mark McMoney do it on the same base salary? Well, Mark McMoney has a different education on how to perceive the world. Mark knows that if he hustles a little bit extra every week, he can upgrade his lifestyle and this my friends is the secret. Break up your budget, step by step. Mark knows that he needs to make $400.00 a month more to live in more luxury, in order to pay a mortgage on a home and to upgrade his ride. That works out to be $100.00 per week. Mark McMoney is a shoe hustler. He goes to thrift stores, buys shoes, cleans them up and then flips them on ebay. If we’re being very modest, we will say that Mark makes $25.00 profit on every shoe flip that he does. That is not counting his home run flips of $150-$200.00 profit.

Mark knows that he only has to sell roughly 4 pairs of shoes a week (and remember there are 7 days in a week) to make $100.00. This $100.00 a week covers all of his luxurious items and lifestyle that he wants. Yes, it’s extra work for Mark McMoney to go to thrift stores after work and to find only 4 pairs of shoes to sell a week, but it’s not that big of price to pay considering it allowed for him to have enough extra income to upgrade his living and transportation situation. That’s the key my friends, it’s realizing that the little bit of extra hustle that you do, and that extra income can bump you up into a better living situation. It’s funny when you realize what a few hundred extra dollars a month can get you when shopping for a car, or better eating with organic and higher quality groceries. Of course this doesn’t only apply to cars or houses it applies to everything. Cell phones, insurance, IRA contributions, vacations, groceries, etc.

Most people think that they have to make $50,000.00 or $100,000.00 right away from hustling, but just making an extra $100.00 a week can make a huge difference and the best part is that it is immediately doable! Taking initial very low risk baby steps starts to put  you in the hustler mindset. Write down your goals, your budget, what you want, how much extra you need to make per week/per month to get them and then execute your plan. Perceive the world like a hustler!

  • Joseph Chricolli

    Changing my perception today!

  • Joseph Chricolli

    Love the blogs you guys post. Sorry if this is off topic, but what are good shoes to generally re-sell?

  • Green Room University

    There are many sub-types of shoes. Depending on the area you live in, athletic shoes, womens fashion, out of production nikes, soccer cleats, leather work shoes, leather dress shoes, chaco sandals. Its so large its hard to answer in just a short sentence. Should be another blog post sometime!

  • Steve Raiken

    Hey check out this video I created, it may help!

  • Joseph Chricolli

    Thank you this is perfect! #GRU