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Do You! Audiobook

Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success

Since rising out of the New York City streets over 25 years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and Def Comedy Jam, in the process becoming known the world over as "The CEO of Hip Hop". Russell might have helped introduce hip-hop to the world, but he credits his success to his belief in a strong set of principles, or laws, which he shares for the first time in this audio.
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Since rising out of the New York City streets over 25 years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and Def Comedy Jam, in the process becoming known the world over as "The CEO of Hip Hop".

Russell might have helped introduce hip-hop to the world, but he credits his success to his belief in a strong set of principles, or laws, which he shares for the first time in this audio. In 12 steps, Russell reveals a path towards success that can be followed not only by those looking to duplicate his professional success, but by anyone struggling to realize a dream.

Those looking solely for advice on how to build up a bank account at the expense of personal integrity should probably look elsewhere. That's because these laws stem from the belief that all success, be it professional or personal, comes from a connection with your higher self. Using examples from his own experiences and observations, Russell demonstrates how tapping into that connection will allow you to get your mind right, find the motivation to start instead of stall, surround yourself with the right people, appreciate the power of hard work, and understand the power of karma.

But most importantly, this book will demonstrate how it's impossible to receive any sort of lasting success from the world without giving something of lasting value to the world first. That's a practice that is reflected in Russell's own work as a mentor and philanthropist and one that he promotes as fundamental to empowerment and success on every level.

Blending business insight, universal spiritual truths, and an inspired sense of purpose, Do You! crosses the lines of age, race, and background with wisdom that will lift you up and motivate you to pursue your vision.

©2007 Russell Simmons; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"I consider him one of the great entrepreneurs out there today. Russell knows the market and he sees the future, and that's the ultimate businessperson." (Donald Trump)
"Russell Simmons, the original and eternal Hip-Hop Mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture." (The New York Times)
"Simmons is the Godfather. Def Jam was the model that birthed Bad Boy, No Limit, Roc-A-Fella, and all these other labels. And then later, Phat Farm birthed Sean Jean, Rocawear, MarcJacobs, and all these other clothing companies. Russell is the architect of what we do." (Jay-Z)

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    Fetene Chicago, IL, USA 08-03-07
    Fetene Chicago, IL, USA 08-03-07
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    "Excellent Conversation!"

    As an entrepreneur, I greatly appreciated the realness and candor of what Mr. Simmons was telling me in his book. This book is a refreshing change from many self-help books in which the authors are afraid to be open and honest about their failures and faults.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Soraia rainbow city, AL, USA 05-22-07
    Soraia rainbow city, AL, USA 05-22-07
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    "The #1 book of the year"

    Dear Russell, few books I read that give the msg so clear, I am brasilian and I understand very well what is to have a dream, I wish I could translate your book and give for free for all those brasilian kids that feel right now lost just like I was im my past. You wrote the #1 book and Hill Harper wrote the #2 but not less important... thank you all. Sorry for my write mistakes, really I think you dont care...

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    Martha Ringgold Jones 05-05-07 Member Since 2013
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    "No One Category"

    Even though some will be put off by the curse words sprinkled more heavily in some places in this book than others, it is a must listen to. The reader is good, even though Russell reading it himself would have been better. The book is hard to categorize and this is one of its strengths. Mr. Simmons manages to include interesting biographical information, write an important, but brief piece of American history, write a spiritual book and write an extremely motivational book all in one, easy flow, word composition. It is really a must-hear for every American. Russell Simmons uses the N-word a couple times. I look forward to the time when he gets to the place in his personal evolution to have no further need to use this word or any other of those violent words. I have full confidence that he will get to that place. His personal meteoric rise thus far has been enough to amaze anyone who is really listening.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 04-19-08
    Eric PASADENA, CA, United States 04-19-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Inspire your nephew or niece."

    I thought this book was good, but I would probably recommend it more for a younger audience. It's a good way to get success principles early in life. It's refreshing to get such an inspiring message from the Hip Hop culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Copenhagen 03-04-08
    Oliver Copenhagen 03-04-08

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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    "Truth be told..."

    This audiobook is amazing. I already agree with Russell on several things, like vegetarianism, yoga, truth, etc. But the book also introduced me to several new concepts that has already been useful for me. In fact, my psychologist remarked I was much more focused and targetted now. Which is great. Get this audiobook, and spit some truth;-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jabari Katy, TX, USA 07-24-07
    Jabari Katy, TX, USA 07-24-07
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    "LIFE CHANGING!!!!"

    By far this is the greatest book I have ever listened to. Russell's Law's and Black Ice's voice were as good a combination as Kobe and Shaq. The laws in this book should be passed on to every young person in America. These laws are priceless and the delivery is excellent. This book is so necessary for the hip-hop generation. Thank you Russell for this book...It has truly changed my life!!!!

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    Michael I. Alcantara 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hidden Treasures Inside a Manifesto"

    Russell gives a lot of insight on certain characteristics of successful people, but most importantly to be ones self and embracing who you are as an individual. While he gives many examples of how "doing you" has some extraordinary results, there are also many cases where "doing you" can put you on a disastrous spiral. He even hints at this when he makes a comment about not wearing a suit to a job interview could cost you a job or being employed. As a urban raised youth myself, I find this book as an attempt of speaking to the hip hop nation as he mentions quite a few times, but it reads more like a manifesto, a collection of his ideas and values which are pushed pretty heavily. For example, his dedication to Yoga and how it can uplift you is a prevalent carry throughout the book. I'd say the first half has 90% of the content I actually cared about.

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    melanie 03-17-16
    melanie 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Open and honest"

    I like the open and honest sharing in the book. This gave me a feeling of one on one conversation.

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    JuliusC. 02-13-16
    JuliusC. 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing"

    This was my first book by Russell Simmons and it won't be my last. It's full of refreshing uncompromising straight talk with funny moments that will keep your attention.

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    Ricardo 08-30-15
    Ricardo 08-30-15
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    "12 Laws To A Limitless You."

    Wow! This book is full of sound wisdom that will help you or remind you to live your life with a set of empowering principles that will allow others to see God's work in you. Definitely gets a 5 star rating and this is not the kind of book that you just read once.

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    12/18/15
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    "Yeah that's right I'm doin' me"

    Excellent positive resource that I will refer back to in times I stray from my path in life.

    At times a little one dimensional and occasionally descends into social commentary but full of fantastic advice, especially related to the power of meditation and yoga which I will explore further

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    "Remarkable story and an inspiration for all."
    Would you listen to Do You! again? Why?

    Generic self help and motivational wisdom from one that really has.
    This does not feel like a book written by someone generating wealth by repackaging a selling old ideas. A fresh motivating presentation.


    What about Black Ice’s performance did you like?

    Clear and motivating voice. Not at all patronising like some books of this type


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