book review: crushing it!

by Gary Vaynerchuk. 

So I’m low key proud of me reading a book in a week, and reading Crushing it!

was super compelling, motivating, inspiring and now I feel like I have to read Crush It! to get the full crush experience (and Jab Jab Jab, Right Hook).


This books a cute ead for all you millennial entrepreneurs/wantrepreneeurs/intrapreneurs/interpreneurs out there, 99.99% of whom I’m sure chew down Gary’s content or at least, know who the fuck he is haha.

The value you’ll get out of this book is tangible, digestible information and tips into utilising social media, applied to such a broad range of hobbies morphed and exploded into successful, thriving business’. Gary draws inspiring stories from protégé’s and fans who applied the CrushIt! content in 2009, with reoccurring themes that encompass Gary’s entire message (which is prevalent throughout his content)

 

-       Ooze passion & authenticity

-       Play the long game over the short win.

-       Be patient.

-       Work insanely fucking hard.

-       Document and share.

-       Engage and offer as much value to others as   humanely possible.

-       Think about your legacy.

 

(or at least this is just my perspective on the goat that is Gary Vee).


Tbh, writing this review was harder than others, as each page I feel there was a take-away or some relevant message or idea you could ingest and adapt to your own. I often found myself reading but my mind was like racing with how I can apply that to my own brand and playing out scenarios in my head haha.

What’s given is, obviously, my perspective and what I took from the book, so cop yourself a copy and see what value it’ll bring you. I’m not really going to go into Gary’s guiding principles which he consistency conveys throughout his content (like “eat shit”), but rather book specific nuggets from the stories he tells and the insights he provides. 


KEY TAKE AWAYS:

-       our personal brand is everything. It’s what enables us to break away from current success’ and persona’s and if we’re branded as “the __ person”. It gives us creative freedom to express and try out different ventures and dabble. -  e.g “Oprah was not just a talk show host. Muhammad Ali was not just a boxer. The Rock is not just a wrestler” (pg.18). You and your personal brand will grow, evolve, adapt so don’t get too caught up in

-       youtube / video / SM / phone content is the new TV (if we haven’t realised this already). It’s everything. It’s what we primarily consume nowadays. You can create a successful thriving, bottle poppin, million dollar income from it. So get cracking. And get used to stagnation. No one loving you. Your family and friends thinking you’re crazy.

-       Figure out which platforms to utilise to boost your content and gain a following. Like is video your best medium? Writing content? Audio? All of them?

-       Sacrifice is part of the hustle. You have to go through hard times, and “eat shit” for ages.

-       There is no “prescribed route”. We need to completely throw away this conditioning of a path, whats “realistic”, fathomable, like we need to fuck off with the safe mentality we’ve been spoon fed since birth. Follow your passion, make it work and it’ll happen. Dream big my babies.

-       Think about your skills, what do you have to offer? And leverage that to step closer to where you want to be. You have assets. Don’t underestimate yourself.

-       Confronting ourselves and breaking down our own insecurities is crucial. We need to be aware of where we’re cock blocking ourselves, e.g “I understand that I am in complete control, and that’s an overwhelming feeling, because it means you could always be doing more, and it means you might not be doing enough” - Amy Schmittauer (pg. 27) @schmittastic

-       Deepen your level of care – (Lewis Howes, pg 37) @lewishowes. Don’t swap short term wins/moolah for long term gains.

-       Be yourself and don’t’ be sorry for it – “Crush It! And his other books allowed me to just be who I am and not be sorry about it” – Lauryn Evarts (pg 46). @theskinnyconfidential

- “Passion is your back up generaor when all your other energy sources start to sputter” (pg 47).

/ come see me and lets help keep all ya energy levels at a decent 80% alwayssss

-       Pay attention to everything. “Where are the eyeballs going? What are your customers talking about? What are the newest trends in your field? What are the biggest controveries? (pg 71).

-  Teach by example.

-       “None of us can predict with utmost certainty exactly what’s going to happen to us. We will probably meet the people we arrange to meet, but we could also have random encounters. We will probably have the conversations we have schedules, but who knows where those talks might go? (pg 80.) BOOM. Flirt with fate.

-       Documenting ensures you’re building a personal brand, which anyone can do with IG stories and Snapchat. And we all love BTS tings.

-       Don’t just copy and paste content from FB/IG/Youtube, re-purpose the content so it’s original and aligns with that platform and audience.

-  Own what you do.

-       Collabs are what’s up.

-       Story telling is forever key. It’s how we connect as humans. And social media gives us the ultimate platform and opportunity to tell and share our story. Remember you’re also the author. So you’re able to create your own story.  

-       He also goes through Muscil.ly, Snap, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, IG, Podcasts and Voice-First, and explains the power of these platforms, and provides success stories and I’m sure will flood your mind and open yourself up to the so many opportunities that can come about from utilising and owning these platforms.

-       Like the old working model is dead. No job is “safe”. So why the fuck not bet on yourself and create what you’ve always wanted to. 


YAY

That’s the end of my mini review on Crushing It!. WEOW.

Cop your copy of Crushing It!

Gary’s youtube

@garyvee 

xxx E aka TMN aka eating shit forever hah

 

book review: high performance habits

by Brendon Burchard.

I get hit up all the tine for book recommendations.

And im actually so fucking grateful that a) I can read b) I enjoy reading c) I was encouraged to read as a kid. Because honestly, reading books is THE MOST VALUABLE ASSET, its like someones entire life experience condensed into pages that you consume. 

SO, I’ve decided to do book reviews of each book I read / the ones that I feel will be able to serve you and add to your life.

 

So, yesterday i finished Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Habits.

It was a really really good read. I loved it. I wrote all over it, made notes, doggy eared pages i loved and took it with me on many adventures haha.

He did a bunch of researchers, both qualitative and quantitative and determines there is 6 key habits each high performer has and consistently acts out, and that upon incorporating these into our lives, we too can experience a greater level of performance, whatever domain that may be.

High performers – are individuals who consistently, for long periods of time perform at a high standard and have abundance in all realms of life – so business, personal, health, relationships, etc etc.


There’s a bunch of epic quotes throughout the book in chapter intro’s, FOR EXAMPLE:

“don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive”

– Howard Thurman (pg. 78).

And heaps of nuggets by Brendon.


KEY TAKE AWAYS:

 

-       Replace certainty with curiosity and genuine self confidence, not ego bubbles.

-   Don’t fear your new ambitions. Or fear them. But do it anyways ja feel.

-       Become aware and act accordingly with the person we want to be, from the onset and throughout (my Geordie shore reference to spice it up haha)

-       It’s about rising to serve a mission, not the mission lowering itself to match my limited strengths. (again this goes on from the growth mindset Carol Dweck).

-       Make and block out time to study and learn skills you need, and develop them obesessively.

-       We need to carve out our niche and primary interest.

-       Releasing energies and thoughts from previous situations before stepping into new ones – literally, like as you step into the door to home or work, or out of the car, consciously let go of whatever was playing on your mind and meet the new moment and create what you will from it,

-       Be excited about life. And be conscious of that excitement and let it drive you

-       “Set new standards, self-monitor more frequently…” (pg 137) and learn to become comfortable analysing and looking at your own performance, without our own personal bias. Like recognise our flaws and our own blind spots.

-       Let yourself geek out and jump in deep about those things that spark our interest and align with our souls. (pg 141).

-   When trying to get out of our own heads / create perspective, speak to ourselves in 2nd and 3rd person (which I really do a lot of when I make dumb decisions / am at the gym haha).

-       Progressive mastery is the name of the game. Which links into our niche / calling / primary interest / purpose / dabbled interest etc.

-       Challenge peoples ways of thinking, in regards to develop their character, connections and contributions.

-       Identify where we’re making excuses and how life might be if we showed up stronger (pg 240).

-       Legacy? And under what circumstances will we measure ours?

-       IF YOU NEED HELP. ASK FOR IT. PUT YOUR HAND UP, AND THEN SEEK, EMBRACE AND APPRECIATE THAT HELP.

-       Struggle is a necessity for growth and true high performance. We often quit too easily because we’re encumbered in a society that promotes “quick fixes”, “hacks” and one pill magic’s, instead of the real path which is struggle, struggle and some more struggle.

-       So don’t shy away when hard times come, meet them, embrace them and get through them.


JUS A FEW GREAT SNIPPETS / EXERPTS THAT I LOVED

 

-       “certainty ltimately blinds you, sets false or fixed limits and creates “automatic” habits that become predictable…” “the person who is most certain is most closed to learning” (pg. 13)

-        “seek clarity to who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what you want, and what will bring you the greatest meaning” (pg 37.)

-       “effectiveness… is the result of how we consciously strive to meet life’s harder challenges, grow beyond our comforts, and deliberately work to overcome our biases and preferences…” (pg 40).

-       “never wait to pursue a dream…out of fear that you lack the “right stuff”” (pg.50).

-       “when you’re constantly juggling and feeling depleted, you don’t think about the future” (pg. 70). This leads into the importance and place of self-love and recharging our batteries in order to be our best.

-       “feeling that you have to do something isn’t always comfortable” (pg. 137). And that’s where vulnerability and growth come into play. Which is what its ALL ABOUT WHICH I STILL STRUGGLE TO DO AND PROBS ALWAYS DO COZ BEING A PUSSY BITCH IS IMBEDDED IN OUR CULTURE AND DNA BRUH.

-       we’re less courageous as a society today because we avoid struggle, and that decision leaves us with underdeveloped character and strength” (pg. 267)

 


yay. So that sums up this good read, def’s valuable for anyone wanting to step it up, adopt and understand key tangible skills that high performers constantly, forever, implement, forever and ever the end 

 

LOVE E aka TMN