F*ck you, Gary Vaynerchuk; because now I’m out of excuses.
I was introduced to Gary Vaynerchuk by Cara Alwill Leyba. Remember when I told you I stalked her for inspiration? Well, she shared some clips of him ranting a few weeks ago and I was blown away in just four snaps… more like shaken up.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a tech investor and hardcore entrepreneur (more entrepreneury than I ever want to be, I learned) and he put together this book of Q&A’s collected from his YouTube show, #AskGaryVee. The questions are from aspiring entrepreneurs and Vee’s raw & uncut responses are drawn from his experiences building multi-hundred-million-dollar companies from a mediocre family wine business, a globally renowned media company from scratch, an electrifying personal brand, and most importantly a family in the midst of his uber-entrepreneurialism. Oh yea, and his family migrated to the U.S. with diddly-squat from the Soviet Union after extreme hardships in the face of political and cultural issues in the 50’s through 70’s.
By the time I finished it, I had damn near the whole book highlighted with real actionable practices (not the usual “rah, rah, you can do it” fluff), mantras that reached the core of me, spoke to the questions I’ve feared to ask, and sent me on a path seeking self-awareness. The name of this book should have been The Sh*t Google Search Never Told Me.
Here’s 10 of my favorites that punched me right in the mouth…
I speak only to the already converted… if you sell fax machines, and your market doesn’t believe in fax machines, don’t try to convince them to buy fax machines!
Thriving at No. 7 instead of stressing at No. 1 would be something to be proud of, and great way to live.
You can’t be romantic about how things should be.
If my kids start posting videos one day, my hope is they’ll be be comfortable enough in their own skins that they won’t care how their hair looks or whether the lighting is quite right, They’ll just be who they are and expect the world to love them for it.
Plenty of hard-working people don’t [succeed]–but it will guarantee that you won’t ever torture yourself with thoughts of ‘Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve’.
So if you love something… talk to the world about it, even if only one person is listening. Because all you need is for that person to share it… You’re just one piece of content away form making what you want to make happen actually happen.
The youth establishes the community centers, and then everyone follows.
Once people love you, it’s easy to sell them stuff.
Be interested and interesting and more than likely they will check you out to learn more about you.
This last and favorite-fave referenced by Vee is actually by boxing legend, Mike Tyson. It spoke to my greatest personal challenge that I work on constantly these days.
‘Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.’ Vee: You can strategize and plan all you like, but once you’re on the court, or in the ring, or on the field, you’d better be ready to adjust and improvise.