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The 50th Law

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,664 ratings  ·  681 reviews
In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a bible for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing.

With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Ric
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by HarperStudio (first published October 1st 2008)
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Moe I am 3 chapters in and I love it, not sure if you have read Robert Greene's other books such as Mastery and 48 Laws of Power, but this book is sort of…moreI am 3 chapters in and I love it, not sure if you have read Robert Greene's other books such as Mastery and 48 Laws of Power, but this book is sort of a merge of both books.(less)

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This book was a delightful surprise. It was just what I was looking for on a topic that I am very interested in, Fear. Often I have thought that all human emotions and feelings could be boiled down to two basic forces fear and love. This has always been an elusive and easily misunderstood topic for me. Fear is a shadow that is always present but rarely noticed. My interest in this subject stemmed from the idea that fear may be the opposite of love. This intrigued me because I thought the two cou ...more
Dora Okeyo
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I always did ask myself why 50 Cent ventured into other areas than his music, because I found his music had message-it was not only about parties and the hot girls, and the fights-it was about being able to rise above any bad situation.
So, when I got a hold of the 50th Law-I realized that I have always been wrong in my view of musicians-and with someone as brilliant and observant as 50 Cent-then there exists other sides to him. He has the Vitamin water, G-Unit books and much more, but now I am h
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gangstas who wanna be rappas and think they're Napoleon
This is the first book I have ever returned to Audible, and the first one I have put on my DNF shelf. I am a very patient and sometimes stubborn reader; I'll usually finish a book even if I don't like it, if for no other reason than to think about why I didn't like it (and write down my thoughts in a possibly scathing review).

1 star may not be entirely fair. I didn't hate this book. It wasn't offensive or stupid or badly written.

It was just boring. Soooooo boring and banal and trite.

I can sum up
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (a book I think should be required reading for life) so I was intrigued to read this book, also having been a 50 Cent fan back in high school.

In The 50th Law, the story of 50 Cent being shot was repeated excessively. I am not denying or doubting the extent of the impact this would have on anyone’s life, and I understand it's relevance to the lessons presented, however, I still felt it was excessively mentioned. I didn't like the book as much as 48 L
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn how to handle fear and be fearless in life. This book is a great introduction and simpler entry point to The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I was drawn to this book because I was interested to learn about 50 Cent, the man, instead of his rap persona and see how he was able to succeed in life without having a father and mother to raise him. Robert Greene eloquently tells 50 Cent's story by explaining to the reader how his power is absolute fea ...more
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war-theory, lifestyle
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Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
The 50th Law is as much about the hip-hop artist 50 Cent as the movie “Titanic” is about the “The Heart of the Ocean” diamond. If you are a picking up this hefty tome as a fan of “fitty” you are to be disappointed as he appears as author only with brief chapter intros written in a seemingly unauthentic style and as subject only in the well-trod stories of his relatively short life (in a nutshell; he sold crack, got shot for it, was signed to Eminem’s Shady records and later to a number of endors ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Robert Greene is a friend, but also someone I am a fan of as well. This is a book that he put together with 50 Cent, regarding the role one has to play to obtain a sense of success - which of course can be financial but as well as success on an everyday level.

Although this book is sort of a re-mix of Robert's "48 Laws of Power" it is a little bit more, because one of the focus points is the life and times of rapper 50 Cent. Who in turn is a fascinating figure, in that he knew by instinct how to
Micah Smurthwaite
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: business, psychology, bios
Accepting your own mortality. What prevents us from doing what we really want to do is fear. Fear of failure, fear we won't be accepted, fear of death. When we accept the fact that one day we will die, we are empowered. Most of us don't touch death daily so when we experience a death in our lives it rattles us. Just say this out loud and notice how you feel, "I will die." If we think about it, confront it, and accept mortality we are liberated, energized, and empowered to live life.

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Yesenia Cash
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to buy this for every teenager in urban communities. Fofty did such a great job with this!!! I mostly loved the way Robert Greene says “the hood” and the way he says Fifties government name. This was wonderful and I’m upset I didn’t hear about it until 2019. This book put me on so many great historical figures I am now adding Catherine the Greats book to my Amazon cart as well as everything written by Richard Wright!
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved The 48 Laws Of Power and this book, essentially ten additional laws patterned after rapper/businessman 50 Cent, is more an addendum than a stand-alone product.

While Greene's other books have a heavy literary, if not academic weight, The 50th Law is comparatively breezy and light. That said, I had a really hard time putting the book down - I read the whole thing during two very late nights - and I enjoyed seeing the Machiavellian ideas grafted onto the rough Queens neighborhood 50 Cent gr
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
well, fiddy, you are not a great philosopher.

i made it about 20% through this book and i was dumbfounded that there was 80% more yet to read. this was very clearly NOT written by fifty cent. i recently read a rolling stone article about rick ross where the interviewer is at some fancy seafood restaurant in la and ross is just sitting across from him smoking blunt after blunt and eating shellfish talking about his life and how he goes about living it.

i assume the same thing took place for the wri
Josh Laird
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprisingly enjoyable. An analysis of 50 Cent's life as a hustler and how some of his methods can be applied to the corporate world. An interesting parallel was 50 testing a new batch on a few people he trusts and if it was good, he would know to charge a decent price. Very similar to user testing in Software...

Biggest takeaway was to nearly die so I can learn to not give a fuck and become fearless.
Nick Short
“This is life, new and strange; strange, because we fear it; new because we have kept our eyes turned from it…men are men and life is life, and we must deal with them as they are; and if we want to change them, we must deal with them in the form in which they exist.” Richard Wright,Native Son

“Reality is my drug. The more I have of it, the more power I get and the higher I feel.” 50 Cent


These quotes are the perfect frame for t
Feb 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Normally, I would not have read this book, but I picked it up for a friend who is a huge fan of 50 cent. Soooo, I decided to give it a try.

I found it to be the most repetitious book I have ever read in my entire life! The same story is repeated over and over and over again! If I thought it was worth my time, I would count the number of times the story of his shooting and being dropped by his record label is repeated. Also, we are told over and over again how his name used to be Curtis and is now
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't already read Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power, then definitely pick this book up. It's a self-help book disguised as an autobiography of 50 Cent.

If I had to pick 2 books that belong in every library in America, then it'd be Ramit Sethi's "I Will Teach You to be Rich" and The 50th Law.
Jason Navallo
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was very good. It was interesting to see a more focused case study on the laws that attributed to the success of one individual, as opposed to the first book.
Bianca A.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: speed-read, 2021
This book was more interesting than I anticipated. It discusses fear in modern society and intelligent ways of harnessing it instead of letting it destroy your life. It encourages awareness of the world that is in our proximity and to face reality instead of running away from it. My favorite take was that regardless of the cultural phenomenon going on in the culture you're in, it's your responsibility to address things properly at a personal level. Anyone that encourages objectivity and realism ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Who ever really wrote this book looking at 50 has the eyes of a pure poet like paint brush with words if that makes meaning to you. This book is up there with Sun Tzu, Michio Kaku, and Niccolo Machiavelli.
Teyim Pila
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read. This Book Literally changed my life. I loved chapters 5 and 7 most. I will have to read this again sometime when I'm feeling down. ...more
Raphael de Ocampo
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The 50th Law seems like a mix and match of different principles from Robert Greene’s previous works. The book feels like a good introduction to Greene’s paradigms, using a modern context and anecdote to connect with the reader. Ultimately a good book, but I’d recommend reading all of Greene’s other works as well, to fully flesh out his ideas.
Sharon :)
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leave to 50 Cent to have me listening to history when I am not a history fan.....but it was so interesting. Has me researching alot history that day to day life had me rusty recalling from high school 🙈🙈
Clifford  Onehundredd
The 50th law is amazing...Robert Greene once again lays out the genius philosophy of everyday credentials...this subject in particular : fear. Based on 50 Cent's encounters and events that transformed his life we learn how to overcome fear and be successful in life. I learned alot about using fear and other downfalls as opportunity for victory and ambition...I'm definitely going to buy this book...I read it from front to back and loved every page...Unlike Greene's previous books 48 Laws Of Power ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book quite simply has to be one of the best management / business related books I have ever read. It’s about 50 cent the rapper and Robert Greene who is a business writer. The book is about fearing nothing essentially and uses fiddys life as the string through which some of the key morals and principles of the book are skilfully weaved. It essentially proselytises the carpe diem mentality which saw 50 cent through all sorts of travesty in his life. He was orphaned very early and got into hu ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Being a great fan of fictional stories involving meticulous strategy and action, going through historical masterpieces makes them even better to read. Curtis Jackson's early life (50 Cent) was one such story. His life resembled more of HBO's famous series "The Wire" - hustling in the streets, real and violent gangsta lifestyle. Having lost his parents so early due to violence and being completely isolated, he had defied all the odds and obstacles that were thrown at him. Greene's obsession with ...more
Kingshuk Mukherjee
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wrestled with fear a lot when I was younger. In many ways I still do. This book, along with Ryan Holiday's 'Obstacle is the Way' helped me figure out what to do when I feel fear.

I found the book instructive and enjoyable. After reading 48 Laws it felt slightly rehashed, but still stands strongly on it's own.
Sotiris Makrygiannis
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book, internet
the adventures of a street hustler. well OK about 50 but the book was a bit a marketing gimmick as well
Guilherme Zeitounlian
In this book, Greene reccounts a part of Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) personal story to draw some principles.

The main lesson is to be bold, to be fearless.

Also: don’t flee from the grudge work. Work hard, be attuned to the crowd (to get feedback for your work but don't let them limit your life and image) and keep on pushing your limits.

The message is powerful, but the book gets a bit repetitive and dull. Still worth reading though.
Javier Lorenzana
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be, to-think
> 48 Laws. Had fun reading this one.

While the term fearlessness is pretty obvious as a precursor to success (other forms include boldness, courage), it is something that can never be overlooked.

When we are fearless, we can begin to live. We can begin to accomplish our goals.

In a world that takes what it wants, we have to stand up to it and get our own. Once we face our greatest fear and embrace it, there is nothing else to fear.

Bartosz Majewski
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was reluctant to read this book. Seemed like an attention-grabbing commercial product designed to make some money off of a rapper's fame.

I'm relieved to tell you that my reluctance was entirely unnecessary. 50 cent is in this book but their project was carried out 90-95% through Robert's style, research, and writing. Greene has delivered once again. It is my only regret that I have no more Robert's books to read. I hope that he's working on something as I write these words.
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Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, songwriter, television producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Known for his impact in the hip hop industry, he has been described as a "master of the nuanced art of lyrical brevity".

Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age 12 during the 1980s crack epidemic.

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“Understand: people will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself – your worth, your abilities, your potential. They will often disguise this as their objective opinion, but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.” 218 likes
“Understand: people judge you by appearances, the image you project through your
actions, words, and style. If you do not take control of this process, then people will see
and define you the way they want to, often to your detriment. You might think that
being consistent with this image will make others respect and trust you, but in fact it is
the opposite—over time you seem predictable and weak. Consistency is an illusion
anyway—each passing day brings changes within you. You must not be afraid to
express these evolutions. The powerful learn early in life that they have the freedom to
mold their image, fitting the needs and moods of the moment. In this way, they keep
others off balance and maintain an air of mystery. You must follow this path and find
great pleasure in reinventing yourself, as if you were the author writing your own
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