Tonight I drove down to Madison, CT to R.J. Julia Booksellers to see Gary Vaynerchuk talk about his book Crush It. I also picked up a few copies to get signed. And because I have Crush It on my Kindle I decided to see if he would sign that too.
When I arrived at R.J. Julia I walked to the back to get my ticket and when I came into the area where Gary would be speaking I met Jon Thomas who commented that he liked my Belt Buckle. Allison got me an Autobot Symbol Belt Buckle for our anniversary and I figured I’d wear it tonight. Jon was the first person in the place and we chatted for a bit, exchanged cards and talked about how we were familiar with Gary and why we were each here. Come to find out we had some small world coincidences like his sister going to Saint A’s while I was a residence hall director there and also he going to Fairfield and me working at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield (okay that was a stretch). Jon is Director of Simplicity at PresentationAdvisors.com.
While we were waiting for the night to kick off with Gary I was tweeting and I guess Gary passed one of my tweets along to his twitter stream and he even started following ME. I kept the twitter e-mail confirmation :-). Yes, I am that much of a geek.
When Gary took the stage one of the first things he said was that he was not motivated so much by his humble roots but rather completely driven by gratitude. I immediately thought of Ed Gerety. For me Ed is the man when it comes to Gratitude. His book Combinations has an entire chapter devoted to it. Ed doesn’t just write about Gratitude he lives it. So when I had my books signed I told Gary about Ed and Ed’s book Combinations. I also tweeted out this video and this tweet.
Ed was on my mind today because I have been working for him in the capacity of a web and social media guy. I uploaded a video of Ed to Youtube, Vimeo and Viddler today. This is Ed’s newest Demo reel and it gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. Ed is a man who lives his passion and it comes through in the things he does and says. You have to watch this video.
Gary’s talk was a very good one and through it I was energized and excited for what I have in store for everyone including myself. I’ve got so many ideas that I am ready to start implementing and I cannot wait to share them with you. If you don’t have a copy of Crush It yet I recommend that you go and purchase one, if not through my Amazon affiliate links here then at your local bookstore. It is a good book that is highly motivational, not fluff, no crap just some bare bones down and dirty good advice.
After Gary was done I got in line with Jon to have our books signed and I. I asked Jon if he would like me to get his photo with Gary and if he would take one of me with Gary. Here are the photos.
Talking with Gary was fun. I reminded him that we met at Affiliate Summit East and it was nice to see him again. Gary mentioned that he liked my belt buckle too. It is fun when a child of the 80’s gets the same stuff that you get. I think that is what originally kept me watching was that Gary had He-man figures on his desk and that he was an 80’s child too, only a might younger than me so we were at the same age nearly when the same shows were on TV. Gary signed my books and posed for a picture with me and also he did sign my Kindle. That was cool. I guess I wasn’t the first who thought of that though.
Here is the full event. In front of me PJ Conley had a Motorola Droid and he filmed the whole thing and posted to Qik.
Here are the rest of the photos I took tonight.
I drove home from that event very pumped up. Oh and While I was there I did get a very special book signed. I got one for one of my lucky readers. That is right, It could be You who wins this book. I’m going to give this book to the person who can tell me how they intend to Crush It in 2010. Tell me your hopes, dreams and plans for the upcoming year. If I like yours the best, guess what, this signed copy of Crush it will be yours.
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