Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success

Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
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May 01, 2007
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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 book. In 12 straight forward steps, Russell reveals a path towards success that can be followed not only by those looking to duplicate his professional success, but anyone struggling to realize their dreams.

Indeed, those solely looking for advice on how to build up their bank accounts 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 being 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.

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Reader reviewed by K. Hager

Russel Simmons has written a self-help/business book aimed at a younger audience. While his ex-wife, Kimora Lee simmons book was helpful, his book seems to ramble. It's as if he dictated everything into a recorder and then the book was transcribed straight from the tape without any consideration to chapters, etc.

Some of his advice, the Do you (be yourself and be true to yourself) theme is helpful, but he shows many failures that came from that which doesn't inspire one to copy it. He talks about how his brother, former Run DMC rapper, Run, stayed true to his vision and put out a poorly recieved album, but stayed true to himself. he then says that Run DMC's biggest hit came when they didn't follow the "do you" authenticity. He realizes he's contridicted himself, but brushes it off saying the following of the group was so strong that they understood the group's dip into mainstream music.

All in all I was glad that I got this from the library instead of buying it. I found it too rambling with an obvious agenda that was not at all helpful.
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