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Do You! Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Stacey Haygood New York, NY United States 08-03-07
    Stacey Haygood New York, NY United States 08-03-07 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 3 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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 Nielsen 03-04-08 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazonian Hoarder 11-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I’m a fan of Russell Simmons books"

    I’ve actually read two other books of his , this was the first one I’ve listened to. I identify with his mentality , being that I grew up in the hip hop culture . Some of these things are basic principles , but there are a few practices I will be adding or have recently added in my day to day life and have seen results . I’d recommend this book , to people trying to refine routines or behaviors , especially people trying to refine their approach and perspective when dealing with other people.

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    JR 10-10-17
    JR 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bravo"

    From hood to Buddha and Yoga this book has it all. Highly recommend for everyone! Easy to listen to and straight to the point.

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    Tryintolivenatural 09-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't like it"

    While I think his general outlook on living a thinking bigger is a wonderful outlook for anyone to have I really didn't like this book. I am not opposed to rap music and there are quite a few titles I enjoy but he actually defends the content in the lyrics - sorry but someone who defends murdering, raping, drug use and derogatory remarks toward women is not someone I want to listen to. I also think it is interesting how he is an orthodox vegan but yet somehow it is ok for him to own leather in his cars and his home.

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    Ola H Hadi 09-19-17
    Ola H Hadi 09-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Russell Simmons!"

    I love that Russell is a yogi, and a vegan and is working so hard to inspire other to do better! This is my second book by him, and it was definitely worth my time! I also enjoyed that he has black ice narrate this!

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    Amazon Customer 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love to read hear and see balance in motion!"

    Very inspirational! Uncle Rus touched on some very important points about life and how we must stay balanced in all our many forms. Definitely recommend!

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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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