It probably should not be surprising that the authors of the best-selling Dream Home and hosts of multiple shows on HGTV bought their first home when they were eighteen. Or that they started their first business at the age of seven. But what about their upbringing made them this way? And what were the other mileposts along the way? In It Takes Two: Our Story, Jonathan and Drew Scott discuss how their family and upbringing have led to their success in life. And they do it together, which means you'll get the full story told in their own unique voice.
Here's an early taste of the book, in their own words -
Why did you decide to write a memoir?
Drew: What may seem to some to be an overnight success - is more accurately about 32 years in the making. It all started with our first entrepreneurial venture at age seven. We SHOULD be 90 years old if you look at the amount of stuff we've done.
Jonathan: We felt the only way for people to truly understand what makes us the men we are today...would be to experience all those memories from our past. Some are funny, some are sad, but all of them are honest and completely unedited.
Any revelations you learned about your brother you never knew?
Drew: Hahaha, no. We know ALL the stories about each other. What we did discover, though, is that in several instances we had different recollections of the same event. We had to research with friends to verify WHO was right.
What will readers enjoy about the book?
Drew: Readers will enjoy a raw look into our lives - the ups, the downs, we didn't hold anything back. Most of the content in the book, we've never publicly talked about before.
Was there a part that was difficult to write - Anything in particular you found hard to share?
Jonathan: I've never publicly spoken about my divorce before. It was the most painful experience in my life and I experienced a deep period of depression. On camera, when Property Brothers launched, I had to be happy and engaged, however when the cameras cut I was dealing without a lot of pain.
The two of you have a lot of wide-ranging interests: acting, magic, basketball, karate, computers, real estate. How did you become so multi-faceted? How do you make time for your many hobbies?
Drews: We are admittedly overachievers and proud of it. Ever since an early age, our parents encouraged us to follow our passions. They had one rule though: they didn't care WHAT we were going to do for a hobby or a job...we just had to do SOMETHING. We were not allowed to simply sit around and play video games. So we stayed active, constantly tried new things, and unknowingly became pretty diverse in our skill set.
Your family is clearly important to you, and you share a lot of qualities with your parents—namely, an impressive work ethic and a love of nature. What’s the most important thing your parents instilled in you as children?
Jonathan: There's simply no way to quantify the amount of advice mom and dad have given us over the years – all of it has proven to be life altering. The two nuggets that stand out would be “if somebody tells you that something can't be done, find five ways to do it and prove them wrong.” Also, you don't need a million dollars to make a difference in the world. "Every single person on this planet can affect change."
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