Crush It! 2.0: The Audiobook: Read by Gary Vaynerchuk, this audiobook version contains additional material not found in the best-selling hardcover edition.
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand.
By the end of this book, listeners will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.
©2009 Gary Vaynerchuk; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
The author is obviously passionate about the topic, but I got tired of the high-school-teenager-style of writing. "Awesome!" "Crush it!" "Totally sick!" It wore on me.
But the reason for my low review isn't because of the author's verbage. It's because, like many business books, it just didn't leave me with any real insight as to how I can change my business to apply the ideas. The actual "how to do it" chapters were pretty old news to me. Get a blog, use this or that technology, what social media sites are best, etc. I'm looking for how to use those technologies better, with specific tips.... not what tools are best.
The one thing in the book that helped me and has stuck with me is the chapter on caring. Changed my perspective.
I don't think I would have bought this book if I could go back in time, but that's just my personal preference. I'm sure there are many thousands who find this book to be useful.
In my opinion, the best small business book ever written is "The E-Myth Revisited." I read that book and it completely changed my business.
There is some useful information in this book - but it is so entangled with the self-promotional material by the author that it actually loses all credibility in my view. I know the author has been successful and I have no doubt that he is very talented but this book becomes very irritating very quickly.
I have the hard cover of this book, and ordered the audio to read along with it, and Gary gives his audible customers a treat by adding commentary, often straying from the text to inject little (and sometimes BIG) bonuses; it's like he's talking right to his fans! And the book is rich with information - worth several listens! Have your pen and paper ready, this one is worth taking notes on!
Not necessarily a bad book, but if you've done anything with marketing or web branding this will come off as very basic and obvious. It should have been called "Personal Branding for Idiots". I really got nothing new out of this book and it was quite painful to finish.
I'm an info-junkie, so when I'm not online or reading, I'm listening to a book or podcast.
Let's be honest: For a long time, most audio books have been a compromise--they're something you consume when you're too busy to sit down and read the book yourself.
Only rarely does an audiobook match up to the print version, let alone exceed it, even when it's read by its own author.
This is one of those times. I bought the print version over the holidays but it kept disappearing (people in my family kept nicking it). So I downloaded the audio and there was just no comparison--it's twice as good as the book. Print just does not do the material--nor it's charismatic author-- justice.
The premise of the book is as simple as it is powerful: Social networking platforms are creating unprecedented opportunities for anyone with the drive and the persistence to go after them.
And nobody can deliver the message better than "Garyvee". He's funny, inspiring and irrepressible.
And he has a terrible time "sticking to the script", as he puts it, which means the audiobook is chock-full of "bonus material" you won't find in the print version.
I think that, like me, a lot of people will end up buying both formats, using the book as a quick reference/refresher and the audio download for inspiration and motivation.
But if you have to choose, definitely get the audio book--you won't be disappointed!
Admittedly, this book started off like I was listening to a Gary V. podcast. I missed the "actor" sound of the common audiobook orator. But, how else could you listen to "CRUSH IT"? Once I got over my audiobook snobbery, the content of the book smacked up side the head.
Gary V. delivered only as he could, the simple truth of how to be happy and successful at the same time. Work hard, do what you love. work hard and then work even harder. It definitely gave me a jolt of reality and energy to pursue my passions.
this book needs to be listened to, rather than read. You can't get the passion from Gary V.'s voice without hearing Gary V. One piece of advice, though, don't drive and listen. His passion may cause you to swerve off the road on a couple of occasions.
I'd rate this book a 90.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
It starts with promises of methods to start doing what you love, then goes on to become a redundant ramble about the benefits of having a personal website and the evils of corporate workplaces, which turned out to be difficult to swallow.
I've never heard of this guy before, and his repetitive plugging of his work at Wine Library TV (and he mentions that A LOT) becomes extremely irritating halfway through.
Also, the author/narrator is talking as if he's the obnoxious guy hanging out with the gang. If I had a penny for every time he said "Are you ready for this?" I'd easily have more than I paid for this purchase. I wanted an audiobook to listen to, not a guy who thinks he's cool telling the rest of us how we got it all wrong and he didn't.
I listened to this book twice in a row a couple of months ago, and now the only thing I remember from the book is that the author said multiple times in each chapter "let me go off script a minute..." And "I'm gonna go off script a minute..." It was frequent enough to be quite distracting.
I purchased this book because it had a 4 star in Amazon. One reviewer complained about how he got 76 "not helpful" votes on a single day for his 2 star review of this book. I still went ahed and bought it cause of all the 4 star reviews! I regret deeply the couple hours I spent with it, I did not fully finish the 3rd hour. The book contains no original thought or insights. Just keeps repeating that I should CRUSH IT!
If you like Gary, you will like this book. If you have never heard of the guy, I recommend you check out Wine Library TV.
Be aware. He is not the best reader in the world. He fumbles a bit, but I would not have wanted anyone else to narrate this book. It is his message and he was right to be the voice reading it.
An honest and spot on take on the way Gary sees opportunities in the rapidly changing environment the internet has created. Thanks, Gary for all that you give.
"I love his personality"
it was great.. I love the attitude he brings to the audio . learned so much
"Consider it Crushed!"
Enjoyed this book. But it is read by the author who is highly charged - a bit like Anthony Robbins, so he is not going to appeal to everyone; but he acknowledges this. I have to say that I still do not know what 'Crush it' means. I wonder if the title should have been 'Cash it' as the book is about how you make money from your passions.
Nevertheless, it was a good motivational book that had lots of food for thought and made me reconsider how I use social media.
"You're a frickin LEGEND!"
I've just finished listening to this in 2016 and it still provides a MASSIVE VALUE of information and loads of EXTREMELY USEFUL ACTION STEPS.
Gary Vee......I owe you big time!.......Thank you
Positive inspiration at the weekend, Gary V's enthusiasm is infectious even through a pair of headphones
"Cannot recommend enough"
Absolutely fantastic audio book. Will presented and really good content. The author makes you feel as though he is speaking directly to you
all I can say its worth listening once, perhaps twice. Gary has eastern european mentality and a great insight into seizing opportunities in the west - the combo as we can see is bringing him huge success. I'm moved to go and buying a domain for myself after listening to Gary.
great motivation and some awesome ideas to move a business forward. can't wait to see what Gary produces next
"great content and great storytelling!"
endlessly relevant information for any walk of life! even in 2016! I would recommend to anyone and everyone!
"Gary Vaynerchuk is the Don Dada!"
This book could change your life, follow Gary's advice & you will win. Buy Borrow or Steal it!
Absolutely awesome, loved it from start to finish!! Highly recommended to anyone with even the slightest interest in business.
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