I have a bunch of books I’ve read I wanted to review so this one’s the first. Expect some more to come.
Work really really hard at something you’re passionate about and you can achieve financial success and ditch your day job. (Duh)
Crush It! is written by Gary Vaynerchuk and it’s a book that I had high hopes for because of all the hype that surrounded the release, but sadly it fell short of my expectations. There were a few good ideas in the book but what the impression I kept getting from Gary was that all he was really saying was that if you work really hard at something you’re passionate about you can quit that crappy job you hate. To me this ideology is obvious, but perhaps that’s because I’m living it right now. I had a full time job that I hated and I always had a passion for websites and earning money online. So rather than punching in for 8 hours a day at my job and then coming home to sit around until I had to go to sleep and do it all over again I would work for several hours a night trying to build an online business. Flash forward a few years later and in October 2009 I got fired from my job but because I was already earning a full time income from my online business I decided to continue to pursue my passion on a full time basis and that’s where I’m at now. He also provides some of the most ridiculous examples of hypothetical passions that people could earn money on if they really tried to “Crush It!” but I just don’t buy it. There are certain areas that I believe no matter how hard you work it would prove impossible to earn enough money to live on. Instead I propose that you try and combine a passion you love and something you know you can make money with based on the size of the market, but my suggestion probably won’t sell as many books.
Should You Buy It?:
If you weren’t aware of the fact that you can earn a living doing something you love online and working really hard then you should read this book. This is probably a good book for someone that is oblivious to the idea of earning a living online, but because I’m so familiar with the topic I just felt that there wasn’t a whole lot added to the conversation that’s already been said before.