Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow
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Since rising out of the New York City streets over 25 years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and Def Comedy Jam, in the process becoming known the world over as "The CEO of Hip Hop". Russell might have helped introduce hip-hop to the world, but he credits his success to his belief in a strong set of principles, or laws, which he shares for the first time in this audio. In 12 steps, Russell reveals a path towards success that can be followed not only by those looking to duplicate his professional success, but by anyone struggling to realize a dream. Those looking solely for advice on how to build up a bank account at the expense of personal integrity should probably look elsewhere. That's because these laws stem from the belief that all success, be it professional or personal, comes from a connection with your higher self. Using examples from his own experiences and observations, Russell demonstrates how tapping into that connection will allow you to get your mind right, find the motivation to start instead of stall, surround yourself with the right people, appreciate the power of hard work, and understand the power of karma. But most importantly, this book will demonstrate how it's impossible to receive any sort of lasting success from the world without giving something of lasting value to the world first. That's a practice that is reflected in Russell's own work as a mentor and philanthropist and one that he promotes as fundamental to empowerment and success on every level. Blending business insight, universal spiritual truths, and an inspired sense of purpose, Do You! crosses the lines of age, race, and background with wisdom that will lift you up and motivate you to pursue your vision.
The Revolution will be televised....
....in living color, with a heavy base and urban flavor. Nothing new here. Russell Simmons says what every good parent knows....that if you put your ego aside, and work, work, work and work some more you will be rewarded. The reward is the journey and not the prize. What makes his message unique is his raw, frank and relatable delivery, not to mention the undeniable fact that he knows what he is talking about. Russell knows what I have always known, that there are people in the streets with more talent than many folks in the board room and if we include all people, this country and this world will be better off. I hope they're listening, Russell. I hope those hard heads wind up doing yoga on the roof tops and turn this Hip Hop Culture into the revolution it was intended to be. In any case, I'm glad Russell took the time to share the message.
Profound and profane: great listen!
Best free download from Apple in 3 years! The advice is straightforward and similar to what you'll find in many self-help and spiritual books. But even if you've read them all, you still need to listen to this one. What is most compelling is the voice telling this story, in his own language; a man acknowledging his flaws and shortcomings, but still trying to share his experience and hoping he can teach others. The stories from his and others' businesses bring it all to life. Simmons also made a wise choice in having Black Ice read this book, with a voice that works well for 4 hours of recording. Share this with friends who are OK with the occasional profanity.
New respect for Russ
Mr. Simmons sounds like a smart best-friend speaking to you with sincerity and full of truth. The personal stories are productive; they fit directly into the many lessons of spirituality, positivity, and integrity. Russ provided clear baby-steps for immediate action. How to wake up, how to go to work, and how to articulate your ideas, among many more. The 12 laws themselves are generic, but Russ provides true, detailed coaching for execution. As someone with a fledgling career in the music business as well as a student of business, I find the straightforwardness much appreciated and if I were to have to start it all over again I'd want this book playing over and over again in my head.