- It is not a shocker that I didn’t discover Gary’s sites through my enthusiasm for wine. Frankly, I can’t stand the taste or smell of any wine most of the time. But I am always on the lookout for a good resource about social media and blogging, and I came across Crush during one of my book hunts.
Considering that Gary Vaynerchuk has been a famous online figure for quite a while, my discovery was a little late. After all, this guy has been on Conan and on Ellen and a lot of other places and yet I had no idea who he was when I bought the book.
And after reading, I didn’t find it strange that this guy was this popular.
For one, he uses a conversational tone, and he really knows what he is talking about it. He also has great pieces of wisdom to offer to any blogger/entrepreneur on every level.
After having read the whole book, including the appendixes and all, I can safely saythe book is by no means just for bloggers. It is for anyone who wants to make money out of doing what they love (yep, including writers), who wants to make a brand for themselves-even though they are not selling or producing anything (let’s face it, we all sell our CVs at the very least).
So yes, Crush It! is for anyone who wants to take advantage of the internet, social media and the new age in marketing.What does Gary say in this book? I highlighted a lot of stuff and used some serious magic markers on i. Below are some of my favorite quotes from Gary:
“Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.”
“There is room for everyone in the world of social media, which is the same thing as saying there’s room for everyone in today’s business world”
“…crying about how things should be instead of embracing how things are doesn’t do anyone any good”.
He proves his points by showing you what you can do with a blog-whether audio/video/written- what you can and should do with twitter and facebook. He lists resources, and names sites we should be keeping an eye on. And by sharing true stories, he proves over and over again why he is the right guy to write this book.
At 142 pages, it is a page-turner, but it doesn’t mean you should read and then do nothing. Take the advice, take the action. When you read his life story, you will understand how much he accomplished and so can you.
I am big on self-improvement books in the business area. And being a writer in the web-dominated age, I learned a lot from him.
P.S. I love e-books, but I still prefer paperbacks. Yeah, I am one of those people who print out their e-books whenever they can:)
P.P.S. I used affiliate links for Crush It and The 4 Hour Work Week.