‘Crush it: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion’ by Gary Vaynerchuk

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Crush It’, which only took me a matter of hours, because the style is very honest, engaging and to the point.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media entrepreneur, wine connoisseur and CEO based in the USA. He has successfully utilised various social media platforms to promote his business Wine Library, eventually becoming a sought-after expert on entrepreneurship and social media marketing. He’s also established himself as a great businessman and investor, all the while continuing to grow his enormous online following. As of today he has over 800,000 subscribers on Youtube, 1.52 million followers on Twitter and 2.1 million likes on his Facebook page. Incredible, right?

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Reading list – summer 2016

I spend a lot of time reading and I love the thrill of discovering a great story. Moreover, I like how easy it is to learn about and understand a new topic without having to do extensive hours of research. This summer I have a small pile of books I have to get through before the end of the season; most of the books on my list are non-fiction but there are  plenty of plays and one or two novels I’d like to get through too. As I’m starting drama school in September I think it would be advantageous to surround myself with good plays as that’s most of what I’ll be working on during my 3 year course. Anyway, in no particular order, here is my list:

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The Power of Self-development

What exactly is self-development and why is it important to each of us? Self-development is the commitment that we make to ourselves to improve and grow spiritually, mentally, physically and financially. It involves being aware of and taking responsibility for our current situation in life, and making specific decisions that enable the attainment of our goals.

Focusing on your personal development means that you nurture your entire being, you identify those things that are important to your daily life (such as relationships, health, knowledge, core values etc.) and work consistently to strengthen those areas, ultimately expanding your potential and adding significant meaning and value to your life.

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Change your habits: managing your money

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Nowadays the majority of people go through life not knowing how to make money, how to spend it wisely or even how turn it into something of greater value. Personal finance is a sensitive subject for most of us because it is so closely linked with our self-worth, pride and self-image, and additionally, each of us has different needs, desires and expectations for our finances and for ourselves. Given that money is everywhere and it is how we trade and exchange our time, possessions and skills, it’s essential that we don’t fear or despise money, but use it to our advantage in order to create the best life for ourselves, giving us the necessary resources to pursue our most valuable objectives. On the flip side, money mismanagement can easily bring about endless stress and anxiety, causing a breakdown in relationships, depression and even bankruptcy.

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