Gary Vaynerchuk Wants You to “Crush It!”

Gary Vaynerchuk - Crush It

Gary Vaynerchuk is the author of “Crush It”

I am a huge Gary V fan. There is something exciting about him. He might scream a lot and curse every other word, but it’s something else. When he speaks, people shut up and listen. It doesn’t hurt that he turned his family liquor store into a $60 million-a-year Goliath. That type of success will stop anyone in their tracks.

I had a few hours to burn yesterday so I went to the bookstore. I walked around for a little bit. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was really doing. Was I there to try to find cute, nerdy girls? Was I going to read a book? Maybe they had some good chocolate up near the register? I was lost. A wandering soul with no purpose.

Luckily, I remembered I had been meaning to find Gary’s book “Crush It.” (He has some long, obnoxious title but those two words are the biggest so we will stick with them) Imagine me looking for a specific book in this huge store. Comical to say the least. After swallowing my pride and asking for help, I got the book. It’s small and thin which meant it’s short – my kinda book!

So I got the book and I’m ready to sit down and read. (I’m too cheap to buy the thing – suck it Gary!) THIS PLACE WAS PACKED. I mean where do all these people come from. People in Raleigh must not work on Wednesday’s at 3pm because they are all at the bookstore. No chairs available only means one thing – I sat my ass down on the floor and started reading.

The book was awesome. Gary crushed it (pun intended). He talks about how he hustled his way to success. How every idiot out there should be worried about their personal brand. He even covers the most important aspecting of business….CARING! I don’t want to tell you too much about the book but here’s a few quick hints. Work your ass off, authentically care about every person you come in contact with, and never think that you can sun bathe at the beach while becoming successful.

It took me two hours to read the book from cover to cover. I know 6th graders that read better then me so all the smart people will crush it (pun intended again). In all seriousness, I loved the book, Gary V is the man and you should buy the book or I’ll think you’re an idiot!

Read it before? Got an opinion about the book or Gary V? Leave a comment or tweet me @APompliano. As always, be prepared for some comical, smartass remark!

21 Ways of Self-Reliance

Miyamoto Musashi is widely considered to be the greatest samurai warrior, if not the greatest warrior of all time. He fought hundreds of battles to the death, never losing a single one. After he wrote his famous “The Book of Five Rings,” he wrote down his “21 Ways of Self-Reliance.” Below are the 21 points that he lived his life by:
  1. Do not stubbornly rebel against the ways of the world.
  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
  3. Do not rely upon any half-hearted feelings.
  4. Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world.
  5. Remain detached from desire.
  6. Do not regret what you have done.
  7. Never be jealous of others.
  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
  9. Abandon resentment and complaint.
  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of love.
  11. Disregard your personal preferences.
  12. Accept your dwelling and living conditions.
  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
  14. Do not hoard ancient treasures intended for future generations.
  15. Do not mindlessly follow the ways of the world.
  16. Do not become obsessed with weapons or fighting.
  17. Do not run from death.
  18. Do not accumulate goods and riches for your old age.
  19. Respect the gods, without relying on their help.
  20. You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor.
  21. Never depart from the way of strategy.

It is easy to see why a man who lived his life through these principles was so accomplished. How do you stack up to these principles? Do you follow any of them?

Viral Marketing: Get the word out….Fast!

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I ran across this slideshow on viral marketing. These techniques are proven over and over again to be effective. With the explosion of social media, APIs, and content sharing, there is no reason why you can’t get the word out about your product or service!

What viral marketing techniques have you used in the past? Were they effective? Share your experiences below!

Mark Cuban’s Best Piece of Motivation

I recently read Mark Cuban’s new ebook “How to Win at the Sport of Business” and want to share one of his unique perspectives. Being the owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, Cuban uses numerous sports analogies. One in particular really struck home and can serve as motivation to any entrepreneur.

Cuban says that in baseball if you could get a hit 4 out of 10 at bats, then you would be a first ballot Hall of Famer.  In basketball if a player is able to hit over 50% of his shots from the field, then he most likely would be voted an all-star. These percentages don’t seem unattainable but they are almost never reached year after year. In business, you face much better odds.

No matter how many businesses you start, you only have to make one successful. Every entrepreneur chases that one successful endeavor that will make them wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. Instead of having to “bat” .400 or “shoot” over 50%, as a business owner you could be .00001% successful and be considered a genius. These odds are reassuring to any entrepreneur.

With this in mind, we must remember that it is much easier to take a basketball shot or swing a baseball bat then it is to put your financial security at risk and start a business. To combat this, preparation is key in the world of business. To make every endeavor count and give it the best chance for success, put in the necessary time, effort, and work.

Overall, I enjoyed Cuban’s ebook. It was very short, an easy read, and also cheap. He provides insight into his thoughts and advice while including some humorous stories along the way. A great business mind shows once again why anyone can accomplish the level of success that he has. You just have to minimize risk through preparation and believe in your abilities. You can find the ebook here:

How many attempts would you go through in order to accomplish success? Have you ever been discouraged, persevered through it and then realized success shortly after? Share your stories and insight below!