An Unforgettable Evening with Gary Vaynerchuck, author of Crush It! (D200)

It’s Day 200 of the tasra365 photography project that started with a challenge from Scott Bourne, photo guru and PhotoFocus blogger. What a wild ride it’s been, with more than 400 aspiring and professional photographers joining me on the journey.

The milestone of Day 200 had to be pretty incredible. I decided to spend the evening with Gary Vaynerchuck, author of Crush It!, the book that will forever change the way people (bloggers especially) look at themselves. Specifically, the way they define and share their personal brand. I spent about 3 hours with him, taking notes, jotting down ideas and action steps, and generally just being inspired beyond belief.

This guy is so passionate, full of energy and enthusiasm, as well as information, that I walked away from the time together ready to take action and “Crush It!” as Gary would say.

You may be wondering where and why I got to spend this time with him, surely he’s a busy guy in high demand. So I thought I’d let you in on a little secret about where you can get the same insight and information…


That’s right, dear friend, Barnes & Noble. Don’t be disappointed. Really, I didn’t mean to lead you on (well, kind of). But did I say anything untrue? I don’t think so. I did spend an unforgettable evening with Gary Vaynerchuck, reading and absorbing every word of his new book, Crush It!. Gary’s strong personality and brand leapt off the page and I felt like I was having a private consult or chat with him across the table in the Starbucks cafe at Barnes and Noble.

That’s why I love Barnes & Noble… I believe Tom Hanks said it best in You’ve Got Mail

Joe Fox: Do you know what? We are going to seduce them. We’re going to seduce them with our square footage, and our discounts, and our deep armchairs, and…
Joe Fox, Kevin: Our cappuccino.
Joe Fox: That’s right. They’re going hate us at the beginning, but…
Joe Fox, Kevin: But we’ll get ‘em in the end.
Joe Fox: Do you know why?
Kevin: Why?
Joe Fox: Because we’re going to sell them cheap books and legal addictive stimulants.

So friends, my recommendation, for anyone who is a blogger, aspiring photographer considering going pro, or with the entrepreneurial bug, is to pick up this book. I wasn’t given a free copy or paid anything to say that… I just really believe the information is valuable and inspiring… and you know I like to inspire and be inspired.

Picture of the Day
Today’s shot was a bit of a last minute thing… we didn’t leave Barnes & Noble until they kicked us out at 11 pm and I still had to get my 200th day of shooting in, so I grabbed this shot as we drove away. Processed in Photoshop with Kubota Actions Daily Multi Vitamin and added MCP Finish it Action set for my border.

Special Thanks
There you have it… day 200. A million thanks to those of you following and joining me on this journey. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have fellow friends to keep me inspired and accountable. I hope I’m able to continue to do the same for you! Cheers to you tonight!

Manual: Page 163
Images: Photo Trekking