The "Good" - knowing that there is no such thing as overnight success
I’m not going to do a full reviews here, since honestly I’ve hated book reports ever since 5th grade. That said, I recommend both books as they are quick reads with wisdom on how to turn your unique talent/passion into a business that provides happiness and hopefully some income. While chock full of lessons on how build your personal brand via social media, the key message I took away is an old fashioned one that is lost on most people today….work hard!
McLeod’s third chapter is titled “Put the hours in” and Vaynerchuk devotes a section to “Hustle.”
Per McLeod: “Doing anything worthwhile takes forever. Ninety percent of what separates successful people and failed people is time, effort and stamina.”
Per Vaynerchuk: “Too many people don’t want to swallow the pill of working hard every day….if you’re making money through social media, you don’t get to work for three hours and then play Nintendo….That’s lip service to hard work. No one makes a million dollars with minimal effort unless they win the lottery.”
I know this isn’t exactly a new/original concept, but as a marketer I see a lot of business/creative people who think they can come up with a great idea and that is will take off virally via social media. Overnight success is a myth and I like that these authors don’t go there just to sell more books (see all the authors of day-trading and real-estate investing books for that).
Check out the books for loads of useful marketing strategies/tactics for harnessing the power of the social web to build your brand. While it doesn’t fit into the theme of this post, I absolutely loved Vaynerchuk’s ninth chapter entitled “the best marketing strategy ever.” It’s one word long: CARE! It’s so damn simple but so powerful. I need to give it more thought and bake it into my 2010 marketing plan for my company, then I’ll write another post.