"School and grades are an outrageous index for your success in life." - Gary Vaynerchuk
The uber creative and animated media and business mogul, Gary Vaynerchuk, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast.
4x New York Times Bestselling Author. Wine entrepreneur. YouTube entrepreneur. Media and new media mastermind. Early investor (twitter, Uber, tumblr, Venmo). Publisher. Sports agent. On Forbes' "40 Under 40" List. Part of Apple's first original series "Planet of the Apps" (with Gwyneth Paltrow and Wil.i.am). You name it in business and media -- Gary has done it, and he has a visceral repulsion to complacency.
Reflecting on his early years, he proclaims that "90% of his childhood was business." Gary questioned the meaning of "success" early on. On the one hand, he was a "D" and "F" student, regularly receiving negative reinforcement from teachers and being told he was a loser. Yet, on the other hand, his hustle would earn him hundreds of dollars in various entrepreneurial pursuits. He would always find ways to win.
In this conversation, Gary turns back the clock to share how his winning mentality led to two of his most transformative moments: Overpaying for a baseball card table as a 13 year old and, how looking back on his life on his 30th birthday forced him to call out his own B.S. and make a change. Gary also shares with us something about his process that he's never mentioned publicly!
This conversation is for the hustlers and for those who don't know where or how to start their own hustle. Gary reminds us that we can start at 13, 30, or wherever you are today in your life. If you are willing to get really honest, do the work, learn as much as you can, and trust your gifts, you are ready to get going!
GARY'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"I'm not scare of losing."
"Self esteem without entitlement is very powerful."
"On your birthday every year, wake up and judge your life."
"I live my life out of body. I feel like I'm meditating all the time."
"You're either on the offense and open or defense and closed."
" 'All in' is listening first and then talking."
"I don't care what people think of me because I'm at peace with myself. If I lose, I'm accountable to myself."
"Add one positive friend to your life and show down the amount of time you spend with a negative one."
"Being around positivity matters. Being around negativity matters."
GARY'S WORK + CHARITABLE PROJECTS
Charity:Water Well Member. Charity:Water helps give clean water to families in need.
Ad Council Board Member. Ad Council identifies a select number of significant public issues and stimulate action on those issues through communications programs that make a measurable difference in our society.
Pencils of Promise Advisory Board Member. Pencils of Promise helps provide access to quality education around the world.
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