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  • Gagan Kaur

It's All In Your Head SUMMARY

For March's Bookclub, I decided to re-read a book I am obsessed with, It's All In Your Head by Russ. I understand it's an unpopular opinion but Russ is my all-time favorite rapper so needless to say I am very excited to cover his first book in this month's book club.

Russ got his start as a rapper doing everything himself—rapping, singing, producing, mixing, and mastering. In less than three years, he released 11 mixtapes and 97 singles in his friend's basement in Atlanta, Georgia. A true DIY artist, he is most popularly known for his singles "What They Want" and "Losin Control", which hit the US Billboard Hot 100.

Russ constantly speaks about his DIY start and delusional self-belief. By doing so, he proved that he didn’t need a major label to surpass over a billion streams on Spotify/Apple Music, get on Forbes’ 2019 "30 Under 30", make the Forbes‘ "30 Under 30 Cash Kings" at number 20 for most earned, and sell out arenas across the US and around the globe. It's All In Your Head is a self-help book that exemplifies his vision and motivates readers. The book is split into three parts, the three essential qualities required for turning your real-life into your dream life: Delusion, Persistence, and Gratitude.

Chapter 1: Manifest

  • You have to be careful what you think about because it comes true. You think, speak, and believe things into existence. Your thoughts hold weight in the universe.

  • Manifesting isn't simply thinking that something is going to happen and it does, it is encompassing it with your entire being. Of course, you have to be proactive and put in the work, but when you tap into your own potential winning is just natural.

Chapter 2: Since I was Broke

  • Everything is unrealistic until it's not, it's your dream and you are the only one who needs to fully believe in it. You must believe in it wholeheartedly before anyone else can, you have to be your biggest fan.

  • If you need advice or praise to sustain that dream you most likely will not succeed. If you are seeking outside validation, you are already losing to yourself.


Chapter 3: The Formula

  • Everyone needs something to believe in it and that thing should be you and what you could be. It's not "see it to believe it"'s "believe it to see it".

  • The danger of having your dream deferred lies in self-doubt. What we fill our heads with holds real power.

  • The key to alchemy is finding beauty in the ugly.

Chapter 4: Boomerang

  • Time is an obstacle you put in your own way. All you have to do is believe that it is going to happen. You can't put a deadline on success.

  • Don't get caught up in the when, just know the what, and never forget the why. You have to bounce from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.


Chapter 5: The Game

  • Your passion is the thing that connects you to the truest version of yourself. If you play for points, you will quit.

  • The game is what keeps you going, stop trying to find the love of life via money. When you're chasing your dream, when you are so fulfilled by what you do that you're lost in the game, the money will find you.

  • What fills you up with the most enthusiasm when you think about it?

Chapter 6: The Otherside

  • Have you ever seen a confident person get offended by someone else's confidence? No? Me neither. That's not a winning mentality. When you are consumed by your own passion, you are not focused on anyone else.

  • Fear is a wall. Belief is what catapults you over the wall.


Chapter 7: Always Knew

  • Dreams only work if you do. There's someone right now who wants what you want and is working harder than you. Work harder than everyone else.

  • Don't fool yourself into believing you're not good enough or that you are less talented than the next person.

  • "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard." - Kevin Durant

  • The reality is, if you love it, it won't feel like work.

Chapter 8: Pull The Trigger

  • Embrace fear. It is natural when you're standing at the edge of the cliff and you know that in order to live a fulfilled life you have to jump.

  • If you find yourself hesitating to start your dream or passion, don't. The what if will torment you and the oh, well will set you free.


Chapter 9: Naked

  • Vulnerability is a magnet. By keeping your barriers down, you are open to receiving. You are more receptive to inspiration, ideas, and success.

  • You have to be willing to throw yourself out there, and sometimes that means you will look foolish. Believe out loud.

Chapter 10: The Stakeout

  • Have tunnel vision on the goal and keep your head down.

  • Keep going consistently and positively, and if it doesn't work out, then pivot, switch your approach and keep going.


Chapter 11: Do it Myself

  • Self-sufficiency is powerful freedom, one you grant to yourself.

  • You have to be hands-on with your dream if you want it to go your way. You are the answer.

Chapter 12: Don't Fall For It

  • By building your own reality you are going beyond society's dependable and predictable life in a box. To figure out what you want, and how to get it, you must follow your own path.

  • When you lose yourself in something you are passionate about, you will find yourself there too.

  • Don't set relationship goals. Set life goals.

  • "Be realistic" is the worst advice I've ever received. It is a commonly used phrase that, when internalized and accepted, brands a life of mediocrity. The people championing realism are usually the people who gave up on their own dream.


Chapter 13: Emergency

  • Move with a purpose and urgency, like you're trying to make your dream happen by tonight.

  • People are too noncommittal to their dreams. People use the future as an excuse to procrastinate. treat your life as a ticking time bomb because it is. Once you understand that time is the one thing you can't get back, you spend it wisely.

  • You will keep leveling up and keep chasing perfection. you will continuously strive to be the best version of yourself - there is always more to do.

Chapter 14: Take It All In

  • It is essential to recognize your achievement and to feel gratitude for your wins, large and small. Gratitude is your way of telling the universe," Thank you, I'll have some more."


Chapter 15: Potential

  • The future version of yourself should be your inspiration. Get obsessed with the idea of a better you.

  • Your success starts and ends with you, it's all in your head.

  • Your potential has no roof, stop giving it ceilings.

  • What if it can turn out better than you can imagine?

Chapter 16: The Journey

  • Too many people are waiting to arrive at success. They are suspending their happiness and fulfillment until they arrive at a destination that doesn't exist.

  • Trust the process, blind faith is your compass.


Chapter 17: Back to Life

  • The reality is that it isn't that easy and it's not supposed to be.

  • When you are down and you rise up, you feel more powerful than you ever did. on the other side of adversity is strength.

Chapter 18: Keep on Goin

  • The journey starts and ends with you, keep the faith.

It's All in Your Head was a fairly short and simple read and full of powerful messages to help transform your life. This is one of my favorite self-help books that is inspirational, motivational, and transparent. I highly recommend reading or listening to this book to help get out of your own way to get your mind right.

sincerely, gagan

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