5 Things I’ve Learnt from Gary Vaynerchuk

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Gary Vee Clouds and Dirt

I’ve been following GaryVee for a while now.

I kept hearing his name being mentioned by others I was following in the fitness and business space.

I initially started watching his YouTube videos and quickly subscribed.

His content is incredibly practical, he doesn’t mince his words and he has an infectious enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and life itself.

I later came across his podcast; The GaryVee Audio Experience. I found myself listening to it whilst working, in the car and whilst taking my daily walks around Norwich.

Just this week I finished listening to the audiobook version of this Ask GaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on leadership, Social Media, and Self Awareness.

I’ve got to say – I loved it! I was always going to, but when I say I loved it I mean, it’s probably my favourite audiobook ever.

I love how he personally narrates it. It gives the book a sense of energy that I don’t think anyone else would have achieved.

That’s really what prompted me to write this piece.

I wanted to discuss what I personally get from Gary’s content. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got an absolute ton of value from him, but these are the things that have really resonated with me.

These are the 5 things that I try to remember in all of life’s situations.

1.    We are all ridiculously lucky to be on this planet

I remember one of the first videos I watched included a motivational segment surrounding the odds of becoming a human.

He passionately explained that there was a 400 trillion to 1 chance of becoming a human being.

I never bothered but check facts on this, but it just made sense to me.

Once I started to realise the sheer lunacy of this statistic, several things happened.

Firstly, it makes just about everything else in life seem pretty insignificant.

I’m talking tiffs with your partner, issues at work, family problems – they’re all tiny grains of detail in this incredible journey of life that we’ve been granted.

Next, it started to stimulate thoughts surrounding how I can make the most of this opportunity.

I’ll delve further into this later in the article, however it become apparent to me that I needed to work out what I want to get out of life.

What do I love? How can I spend more time doing just this?

Powerful, huh?

2.    There is no shortcut for hard-work

Hands-up, in the past I’ve been guilty of just expecting things to fall into place.

I’m not sure why this is.

It could be the fact that we’re sold this false promise that we can earn “passive income” from a yacht in Saint Tropez.

It could be that we’re brought up hearing clichés like “if it’s meant to happen, it will happen” and “what’s meant to, will be”.

Maybe it’s because the corporate culture that I’d been surrounded in for the past 3-5 years gave me this impression. I saw people at the top of the ladder and they didn’t really seem to be working that hard!

The truth is, if you really want to earn lots of money or you really want to be the best at your craft, you’re going to have to work your face off!

It sounds so simple and yet it’s something I’d not even considered.

When I started to watch DailyVee episodes that showed Gary working solidly for 15+ hours a day, it then became evident what it really takes to be the best!

With that said, there is a caveat – read on.

3.    Your actions should reflect your ambitions

Gary Vee Actions and Ambitions

I recently listened a keynote speech where Gary said something like this:

“There are people in this conference room whose actions don’t match their ambitions. There are people that role around here saying that they’re going to earn $100million a year, but are taking full weekends off.”

He goes on to add that:

“By the way, if you want to earn $4 a year, mazel tov, if that’s what makes you happy.”

What this essentially means is that if you want to earn enough money to buy the New York Jets (or any other sports team for that matter!), then you’re going to need to spend all the time you’ve got working on whatever is going to get you there.

Equally, if your goal in life have 2 kids, live a comfortable life with your partner and go on a week-long summer holiday every year then you may not need to work 15 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Once I figured this out, I then started to map my goals and work out what I needed to do to reach them.

This clarity in life is something I believe almost everyone could benefit from.

4.    Play to your strengths

Here’s another tip that goes against what most others will tell you.

You’ll often see motivational posts on Instagram with quotes like “work on your weaknesses until they become your strengths”.

Now, there are certain scenarios where this may be practical, but where business is concerned – it’s just not.

Take this blog for example. The reason I’m writing on it today is because I’m introverted and I don’t come across that well on video.

On the other hand, I’m fairly good at writing.

If I was outrageously good looking or had an incredible physique you bet I’d be doubling down on Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest!

I think there’s a lot of value in auditing your life and searching for trends with things that you’ve always been good at.

Did you get A* in media at college? Do you have a knack for taking amazing photographs or creating incredible visuals? Maybe you should try your hand at videography.

If you can find something that you’re good at and you love doing it – you’ve won my friend!

5.    Act fast in the short-term but be patient in the long-term

Gary Vaynerchuk Patience

A huge part of Gary’s ethos is built on macro-level patience and micro-level speed.

This means working extremely fast in the short term, but deploying huge patience in the long term.

Some of my favourite quotes of his include:

“Eat shit for 24 months, so you can eat caviar for the rest of your life”

“Speed is 4 billion times more important than perfection”

“You’ve gotta deploy patience and you gotta love the process. I’m addicted to the process of the battle scars, the setbacks, the lack of, you know.”

Basically, nothing good is going to happen in the first few months, heck, years.

This is something that trips so many people up.

They spend a month in the gym then give up because they haven’t seen the results they want.

They spend a few months trying to build a presence on Instagram and then give up because they’ve only got 150 followers.

They spend a year trying the build a business and then give up because it’s not profitable.

This is just another reason why you need to love what you’re doing.

The long days won’t feel like long days. The process won’t feel like it’s dragging.

To summarise:

  • Find out what you love doing
  • Find out how you can monetize your passion
  • Work extremely hard
  • Fall in love with the process
  • Be patient

Are you a fan of GaryVee? What have you learnt from consuming his content?

Let me know in the comments section below – I look forward to hearing from you.

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