I first came across the guy known online as Gary Vee, early in 2017. As a fan of straight taking, no-nonsense, I was instantly drawn in because I’m here to inform you, NO-ONE does crap-cutting, piercing to the heart of the matter, like this man!
It would be foolish of you to be put off by the big, brash, profanity-laden, motor-mouth persona. Yes, he is all that and more! But away from the stages where he gives speeches to conferences (as in the above video) and countless media interviews, he’s an extraordinarily generous, kind, positive, perceptive man, who relates well to others and is well liked as well as respected.
If you don’t believe me, check out the Daily Vee: his regular vlog where he is filmed going about his work-life as CEO of Vayner Media and his “side-hustle” as marketing personality Gary Vee. You’ll see from the number of people who stop him in the street and ask for selfies and advice, exactly what kind of person he is.
Don’t judge on appearances and listen to his message, which is a pretty simple one: if you live in America (or any developed Western nation) you have it GOOD.
So it doesn’t matter what your circumstance or who you are, you are living in the best time in human HISTORY (with the internet) to be successful and make something of your life. So cut the victim act, stop the whinging and excuses and the procrastinating and the worrying about what everyone else thinks and TAKE ACTION!
Go for your dreams. If you have the talent, you WILL be successful IF you put the work in. It’s a simple message that he repeats over and over but I think most of us need to hear it. He bludgeons you over the head, vlog after vlog, until it finally sinks in! Well, it worked on me – he’s the main reason you are seeing this blog right now! I stopped making excuses, I stopped shying away in fear and I started creating. It has already changed my life irrevocably and I’m only 6 months in!
THE GARY VEE STORY
As a motivational speaker, no one can compare. The video above is the best summary of Gary Vee’s ethos I could find. There’s nothing fancy here, he’s basically telling us what we all know, deep down. He’s not been without hardship himself, being born in Soviet Russia and coming to the States as a young immigrant with barely any English. As an entrepreneur from an early age, he built his father’s wine business into a 30 million dollar success, primarily because he was one of the first people to market using YouTube.
He has since gone on to to set up his own media enterprise and is famous as an “influencer” in the social media marketing world. I’ve certainly learned a lot about social media marketing from watching his Daily Vees as well as his “Ask Gary Vee Show” interviews, and some of the techniques he’s mentioned, I have used to build this very blog.
Unlike most, he doesn’t sell courses or try to make money off email lists – just a couple of best selling books. You can see he’s genuinely in this as much to help others as for himself. Yes, his big goal is to be able to buy the New York Jets American football team one day. But as he always says, it doesn’t actually matter if he achieves it or not because it’s the JOURNEY that counts, not the destination. Happiness will never be found in the attainment of things. You need to have it with you already, every day. It’s this kind of wisdom that makes him a must-watch.
Another fave of mine is where he says he doesn’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks, yet at the same time, he absolutely gives a fuck what everyone thinks!
Meaning, he doesn’t let any negativity from others stop him doing anything, in case he makes a mistake, but he cares about what people think because it’s how you create a good business and strong relationships. It’s why he spends so much time interacting with and listening to fans.
I don’t agree with him on everything. He doesn’t believe in the law of attraction (as he says in the video, although I’ve seen earlier ones where he does seem to believe in it). He may be right in his reasons for that though at present, I will respectfully disagree (he’s not someone who looks deeply into things like that anyway)! He also says frequently that he basically never socialised through his 20s as he was too focused on work – never even went on a single holiday or to festivals! Instead, he advocates working from 7am to 2am Mon-Fri, and attributes his success to this work ethic.
I don’t think anyone needs to, or should, work that much, as it’s more likely to hinder than help. However, what we might consider work, he considers doing what he loves. And that’s the key point. If you’re working 18 hour days, it should only be because you LOVE what you do – which he clearly does.
He’s as hungry now as when he was a teenager, more so in fact! He’ll be the same when he’s 60, 70, 80 because he realises that age has nothing to do with energy, drive or desire. It’s ALL MIND SET. And let me tell you, if you want to learn about having a tough, unshakeable, 100% focused mindset, Gary Vee is the epitome of this.