The Successful Geek
I loved this book. Gary tells you how it is, what to do and why to do it. There aren't any short cuts to success, but this is a great roadmap to get to where you want to by doing what you love.
I originally got the hard cover version and it was nice to have because it had a checklist in the back. This was an amazing buy though because there are extra things in this version that aren't in the written version.
This book is AWESOME! Gary gives some Valuable information + also keeps it real in the process. This isn't one of the boring audio CD's that go over the same type of information that is always re-hashed.
This info is Valuable. He also talks about something for everyone. It doesn't matter if you like to do videos, write, or just talk. There's something for everybody. Everyone can CRUSH IT!
Thanks Gary for taking the time to put this together!
I actually bought the book and then had to buy the audio because I couldn't read fast enough. :)
It is excellent and worth every penny. Authenticity is what makes it work. Yes...he knows his stuff and give good practical advice...but he comes across as someone who genuinely cares about his readers/listeners doing well.
Gary brings to you an unbelievable amount of positive energy that you can't help but to get involved and get in gear, or simply get out of the business. He tells it like it is with no sugar coating. When you're done listening you'll want to listen again and again. There's a lot of information, good information, and sometimes you may feel the same information you can read in other books, but this is brought to you in a way that you will want to take action and not just say it was a good read. There's a lot of extras in the audio version that you won't want to miss. It's very personable and it makes you feel he's talking to you in the same room. This book is for everyone who wants more out of life, and not just for business owners who's trying to get ahead. Thanks Gary for sharing your experiences.
If the author provided any substance at all it might have been worthwhile.
self-serving worthless information
Total disappointment - this guy must love to hear himself talk
THIS is how audiobooks should be. Gary frequently breaks away from reading to dive into side topics (which do actually add more value to buying this format) and conveys even more of how to realize your own passion and personal brand.
The book itself is a concise and effective volume that you will refer to for inspiration and to trigger action for years to come.
The audiobook has the Gary fairydust sprinkled all over it.
While perhaps not technically the best reader in the world, his enthusiasm and passion for what he is reading shines throughout.
If you do not own the book and have no idea who Gary V is, this is a great place to start.
If you do own the book and/or watch Wine TV, I honestly think there's enough extra in this audiobook to warrant the additional purchase.
The deviation from simply reading the book appealed the most to me. I hope other audiobook authors follow this example.
This book is awesome. Anyone who wants to break free from their mundane work routines and get involved in the digital age taking their business or passion online and succeeding should get this.
Not only is it very informative the way it's read makes you want to listen to it. You know how most audio books are read straight off the script and tend to bore you so gotta rewind to listen to what you missed??? Well not this book
The Author of the book is the person reading it and I lost count of how many times he went off the script just to give you extra tips on what he is talking about. Very refreshing
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Love me some @Garyvee! Gary is such an over-the-top and inspiring personality and businessman. This audiobook is filled with "off the script riffs" and "rants" - the passion and belief of what he is talking about is very transparent.
I gave the story only three stars, because I think that he is a bit scary about working your ass off. He evangelized grueling work and sleeping three hours a night to get what you want out of life. But he is very clear that you should be very sure that you are working toward your true authentic passion and if you are - staying up until three am should be fun.
This read give a great balance to Four-Hour Workweek, which follows the premise of NOT working too hard, not worrying too much about your work being your passion, and instead automating your cashflow as much as possible.
Both are books about leveraging the internet to be your own boss and live the dream, but with diametrically opposed strategies on how to do so. I suspect that the best strategy lies somewhere in the middle.
Definitely recommend this listen. Take his overall advice for life to heart (putting family first and living your passion), take notes on his social networking techniques, but take his "be your own toughest boss" with a grain of salt. We should all work hard, true, and this should be fun if we are doing what we love...but most people we get burnt out following his advice.
Balance is key!
The author/reader is a deeply unagaging character, as filled with a sense of his own
Almost anyone would have been a better presenter than the gentleman chosen. His manic manner of speech was truly annoying and distracting in extremis. Whatever his day-to-day presentational style, when speaking to his regular listeners, I found him absurd, bording on offensive. He delivered every word - from pithy insight to chapter number (yes, literally) - with equal urgency of tone and insistence of volume: all as if denying paedophilia or confronting a war criminal.
This book is not the declarative work of genius the author might appear to think. That said, more than six years into running my own business, I did find a couple of interesting ideas at which I shall be looking.
Although the tactical actions in the book were not that relative to my current work (Product Manager in Rural sector), I could see some use for the core principles Gary speaks about, including 'Passion'.
The 'off the script' approach helps the book come to life, even if Gary does get a little too much at times!
Not a bad listen