Reading Thursday: Crush It

Today, I decided to take a look at an oldie but goodie, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It.  This was my introduction to Gary a few years back and I have read this book three times.  Every time I need a shot of passion for whatever I am doing, or when I forget there is something bigger than money driving me, I read the book again.

Gary lives life through three simple rules:

  1.  Family first.
  2. Work super hard.
  3. Live your passion.

I have to admit, even though I’ve had some jobs that I loved, they were not my passion.  Have you ever felt that way?  What do you do?

If you have never read this book, I recommend you do, even if you are not thinking of going your own way.  It will remind you why passion is so important.  There are some things, like for example, some of the social media platforms, that are not as relevant (MySpace anyone?).  It is also scary how some things never change, like the importance of story, or how big a deal it is to be authentic.

Here is the thing, we are all getting older.  If you think you are not, then you are dead.  Right now you are a minute older than when you started reading this blog.  So what are you going to do with your life?  Does it matter?  Does it make you happy?

I read once that hospitals checked in the majority of heart attacks on Monday because people dreaded going back to work after the weekend.  Do you really want to spend your life wishing the weekend never ended?

Now at this point I want to remind you, there will be tasks and days when you will not love what you do.  We all have things in our lives and/or businesses that are not as cool.  Gary is not talking about that.  If you go to work somewhere and even though you had a bad day, the next day you wake up ready and happy to do it all over again, you found your bliss.  For the rest of us, the journey continues.

The last thing I want to bring up about Crush It is the idea that we are all a brand.  The day you set up your Facebook page or started your  Instagram, you became a brand.  Some people, like me, have simple rules, like no alcohol in pictures (unless we are at a wine tasting) and no offensive language.  That is what I like.  I have a drunken sailor’s vocabulary some times.  I don’t use that kind of language in a professional setting and that is why you will rarely see a curse word here.  However, I don’t mind if other people use that language.  That is their thing.  It goes back to the idea that we all have to be authentic to who we are.  I love saying certain words, I don’t love writing them and I don’t allow that language on the comments of my posts.  You can make the same comment without the offensive language, I know you can.

I leave you with the short video I recorded about the book. I hope you enjoy it and leave your comments below, especially if you read Gary’s book.

Health and YouTube Challenge

Apparently I am a sucker for punishment because in between taking care of my mother and working on getting some projects and other sources of income, I have decided to give myself a health challenge and a YouTube Challenge.  What is going on?  Read on.

I was trying to get my mother in the tub to assist her in bathing and not only did she only get water in her face, I ended up with a sore back.  My tailbone is killing me and I realize it is because I am so out of shape.  For the last couple of years, I have concentrated on everyone’s health and happiness.  Then last year, I decided to take advantage of the gym in my apartment complex.  Just when I was starting to get used to going at least three times a week, I got the call from Puerto Rico.  I dropped everything and flew down just to find out my dad was in the hospital in really bad shape.  I did not exercise after that (except for a couple of bad attempts I really did not put much effort into).  I sweat off 15 pounds and with my fabulous adrenaline and ice cream diet, gained 20 more for a whooping 235 pounds.  I am not healthy and I am not happy, like I mentioned on another blog post.  So now what?

I started walking.  Yesterday I went around the block once.  Today, I was able to go around the block three times.  Then we loosely measured the distance with the car and it turns out that it is 0.1 of a mile.  I need to go around ten times to walk one mile.  My goal for the month of March is to walk around ten times.  Let us see how that goes.

Not happy with what seems like a big enough challenge, I decided to take back a challenge I wanted to do last year.  I started out a 100 day challenge and everything was going well until my dad took a turn for the worse and I abandoned the goal.  So, as you can see, I created a video and I started the challenge yesterday.

So what challenges have you decided to tackle this week?  Leave your comment below the video.  Thanks.