i was super, super excited to head to nyc to see mireille guiliano on the day her new book launched last tuesday. i haven't read her other books but know they are loved by many women. she is coming to dc this week but i was supposed to be heading to oklahoma so i didn't want to miss my opportunity - especially with complimentary bubbly being served! took the bus bright and early, indulged in a yoga class, hit my fave accessory shops, and headed to borders to do some work (and bookstore browse) before the event. it is always exciting to see authors live and in person. mirelle is lovely and presents well. her story is fascinating although i prefer when speakers avoid scripts and speak extemporaneously. i'm still reading her book and find it engaging. was hoping for more catering to entrepreneurs versus corporate settings. it's a thoughtful roadmap for someone newer to the business world. here are my scribbles from her presentation:
the next day a friend invited me to hear gary vaynerchuk speak at american university about his new book crush it. although i wasn't compelled by the book's title, his message of social media mixed with working your passion was exciting. he was a fun, engaging speaker with quite the potty mouth which i found amusing. i skimmed a lot of his book during the lecture and highly recommend it. here were my takeaways from his chat:
life is lived in stages. success is not definted by others' expectations. ask yourself, "what's the worst that can happen?" give yourself 4 anchors: good health, family + friends, good employment, time + space + values. take time each day to live in the moment. take risks. excellence is a habit: practice, practice, practice. manage expectations. set agressive, achievable goals. be realistic, provocative, constantly innovating.
what you do in your spare time should be your business (love THIS notion). if you love what you're doing, you can win at life. no market is oversaturated. spend time with your fans. know who you are, know the key players in your life, and be sure to communicate fully (this was in relation to a question from the audience on how he balances family and a busy career). the message is key, not the mode of delivery so do what feels best - writing, podcasting, speaking, etc. take care of your team. best business question: what can i do for you?read any fab books lately? any good recommendations? also reading the gospel according to coco chanel and loving it! books, books, books = true bliss.