Book Review: #ASKGARYVEE

*Takes deep breath*

Are you interested in topics like leadership, social media, self-awareness, winning, marketing, venture capital, arbitrage, digital media, influencers, company culture, startups, attention, content, management, empathy, legacy, parenting, family business, crushing, storytelling, thanking, jabbing, right hooking, hustling, and the New York Jets?!

*“Excuse me, I need a breather”*

Gary Vaynerchuk is what I consider a pure-bred entrepreneur. He grew his father’s family business, Wine Library, from $3 to $50 million dollars in revenue a year in just seven years time. He also founded VaynerMedia with his brother, AJ, as his partner in 2009. VaynerMedia is a social media-focused digital agency that provides its services to an assortment of Fortune 500 companies. Along with this, he has multiple vlogs including Wine Library TV, The #AskGaryVee Show where he answers questions from his followers in Q&A format, and his new vlog DailyVee where he has his videographer, DRock, follow him around throughout his day to show just how much hard work goes into his business. Along with this, he has published four books which are phenomenal. And yet, with all that I have shared about him, this is just scratching the surface.

I am writing this book review on his newest book that came out on March 8, 2016. #ASKGARYVEE compiles the best of The #AskGaryVeeShow, updates his responses, and presents it all in a 300+ page book.

Typically, books are based on a couple big ideas that you can figure out early on and assume what the author is going to say throughout the remaining pages of the book. However, with the #ASKGARYVEE book, it has layers to it. I cannot count how many valuable lessons, tips, and strategies that I have taken away from this book alone.

It is impossible for me at this point to pick out my favorite part of the book, but I think sharing what Gary claims to be his commandments will help paint a picture for those of you who have not heard of him. Gary Vaynerchuk’s commandments are:

  • Bring value to the customer
  • Provide 51 percent of the value in a relationship, whether it’s with an employee, a client, or a stranger
  • Always play the long game of lifetime value
  • Smart work will never replace hard work; it only supplements it
  • People are your most important commodity
  • Patience matters
  • Never be romantic about how you make your money
  • Try to put yourself out of business daily

This is easily in my top 10 books of all time and the #ASKGARYVEE book deserves that 100%. I have so much respect for Gary Vaynerchuk and his work. If you are looking to pick a copy on Amazon, you can click here. I also have a copy that I can lend out if you are interested, please let me know!

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