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‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook’ Book Review

This is Gary Vaynerchuk's third book. For those of you who don't know Gary, he's a social media expert who loves the New York Jets, wine and swearing. Just watch some of his videos on YouTube to know what I'm on about - he's a funny guy.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is boxing terminology for beating the opponent about, before you throw the final knock out punch. Gary has related this to social media. His thinking is that business people are still using social media like they did with traditional marketing: push, push, push. Traditional advertising was all one way. Social media however, is well, social. Gary says it's like a cocktail party, you have to mingle and build relationships.

Jab Jab Jab Right Hook Book Cover

This book breaks down the strategies to build a relationship with your audience, how to add value and finally go for the sale. He gives plenty of real life examples across the various social platforms, to enrich your social media efforts.

I'm a big fan of Gary, and his thinking. He's definitely a pioneer in this space. If you are self employed, or run a business, this book is definitely for you.

You can find the book here - Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.

To your success,

Stu

50 Books In 2014 – My Challenge

***Updated at the bottom***

I like to set myself challenges. In 2013 I challenged myself to read 30 books. The main thinking behind my goal, was that books are one way of opening up the mind, and expanding its' understanding. I achieved the goal reading 30 books in total.

This year I have arrogantly, upped my target to 50 books. I am paying for that over-confidence now. I try to read about 2 hours a day. Throughout this journey I will be listing the books below and reviewing each book. I hope my reviews help, and inspire you.

Books so far in 2014: 

  1. The 10 Minute Life Coach - Fiona Harrold
  2. 30 Second Pyschology - Christian Jarrett
  3. Live Your Dreams - Les Brown
  4. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook - Gary Vaynerchuk
  5. The Top 10 Habits Of Millionaires - Keith Cameron Smith
  6. The Dolce Diet - Mike Dolce
  7. Advertising - David Olgivy
  8. Trust Me, I'm Lying - Ryan Holliday
  9. The Snowden Files - Luke Harding
  10. Jesus > Religion - Jeff Bethke
  11. The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle
  12. Double Your Dating - David Deangelo
  13. The Filter Bubble - Eli Pariser
  14. The Acceptance Field Guide - Mark Freeman
  15. The Wolf Of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort
  16. A Return To Love - Marianne Williamson
  17. The Obstacle Is The Way - Ryan Holiday
  18. The Tao Of Psychology - Jean Bolen
  19. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
  20. Web Rehab - Mark Freeman
  21. 30 Day Sex Challenge - Bryan Reeve
  22. Live Your Truth - Kamal Ravikant
  23. Chazown - Craig Groeschel
  24. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant
  25. SPEAK LIKE YOURSELF...NO, REALLY! Follow Your Strengths and Skills to Great Public Speaking - Jezra Kaye
  26. The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts - Lee Baer
  27. Marketing your book: creating a best seller by yourself - Tucker Max, Ryan Holiday and Nils Parker
  28. Go Pro: 7 steps to becoming a network marketing professional - Eric Worre
  29. The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
  30. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell - Tucker Max
  31. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus - John Gray
  32. How To Write A Non-Fiction Book In 21 Days That Readers Love - Steve Scott
  33. Just Ask The Universe - Michael Samuels
  34. How To Naturally Increase Your Testosterone - Tucker Max
  35. The 10X Rule - Grant Cardone
  36. 21 Days To Greatness - Eric Thomas
  37. F*ck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way - John Parkin
  38. Promise Of A Pencil - Adam Braun
  39. How to Lose A Stone In Under 30 Days - Lawrence Neal
  40. I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
  41. On The Shortness Of Life - Seneca
  42. The Beginners Guide To Darkness - Geoff Thompson
  43. The Caretaker - Geoff Thompson
  44. The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris
  45. Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown - Alan Watts

UPDATE 30/12/14

So I missed out on my 50 book goal. I know where I fell short and will not make the same errors in 2015. That 50 book milestone will be mine muahahaha.

I've come along way in 2014. A lot of this has been due to the amount I've read. I encourage you to read more in 2015, as you can truly grow and nuture your world with expanded knowledge (and action). I'll leave my final thoughts to the great Isaac Newton -

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.

Peace,

Stu

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It Review

I listen to the James Altucher Show podcast, (check James out) and James mentioned author and business man Kamal Ravikant. James was talking about Kamal's book 'Love yourself like your life depends on it'. This struck me as a strong title, so as part of my 50 book challenge this year, I went on Kindle and pur-chased it. This book is only 68 pages long. This book is definitely, short and sweet. Kamal details how after several negative events in his personal life he was bed ridden with depression. Unable to see any hope in the world, he had virtually given up. We've all been then to some degree, which is why this book has resonated with so many people. Kamal Ravikant Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It Kamal goes on to detail how he turned his life around, to one of positivity and love. His secret? He dicided to love himself. Without conditions. He just started flooding his life in love each day. The result was astonishing. I don't want to give away his secrets, plus he does it more justice in his book, than I could here. Needless to say, I have started applying his methods to my life. In times of self doubt and anxiety I love myself, and my worries soon dissipate. I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels like life can be an up hill struggle at times.

Kamal may just have the answer for you.

You can find the book here Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.

I love you,

Stu

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