Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the most well-known entrepreneurial personalities on the internet. His all-out hustle, coupled with an in-your-face (NSFW), no B.S. style has led him to where he is today. Whether he's rockin' a white t-shirt and jeans with a fresh pair of Vans into a Fortune 500 company boardroom, or talkin' shop with celebrities in his high-rise Manhattan office, Gary "Vee" is top dog when it comes to leveraging social media and digital marketing to build his brand. And building a brand he has done!
In the late 90's, Gary saw the internet as a prime opportunity to make money, and subsequently used it to increase sales for his father’s liquor store. He was able to propel the store from $3 million to $60 million in sales within a few years, while transitioning it into what is now known as Wine Library, one of the first e-commerce platforms for alcohol.
Since then, he has established himself as a bit of an icon... engaging his millions of followers on social media who seek his business advice, delivering keynote speeches around the globe, writing multiple books, and developing his own passion projects like VaynerMedia and VaynerSports, among other investment deals. Not bad for the son of immigrants from Belarus.
Here are 10 of the best Gary Vaynerchuk quotes to inspire that same hustle in your own life.
What is success? Success is a very relative term. The text book definition is “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” We all have different things that we would like to accomplish in our lives, and therefore, success is something that you need to define for yourself.
Many times we equate it to money. Ted Turner once said “Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.” Does that mean that those with the most money are the only successful people? Absolutely not.
For me, success is doing what I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want, as much as I want. Ok, so Tony Robbins said that, but I feel the exact same way. In other words, success is the ability to spend my life in my own way.
This sounds like selfish thought, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a family, maybe you want to be able to spend as much time with your children or your spouse without your job telling you when you can and can’t do that. Or maybe you’re single, and want to be able to travel the world whenever you feel like it without having to worry about how much vacation time you have left.
What would make you successful? Is it money? Freedom? A certain job? Here are 25 quotes about success, in no particular order, from some of the world’s greatest minds.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy” is a great quote from Tim Ferriss’ book, 'The 4-Hour Workweek'. Being (and staying) productive can be an extremely challenging part of work. Whether you’re a member of the corporate world or self-employed, too often we think that as long as we’re keeping busy, we’re being ‘productive’. However, these two words have different meanings.
By no means do I excuse myself from falling into this trap, as I do it quite often. Sometimes I have to remind myself of Ferriss’ advice in order for my brain to flip that switch, and not just do things throughout the day to keep myself busy. Actually waking up with a prioritized plan for the day, even if it only includes one or two tasks, will keep you moving forward and give you some sense of fulfillment at the end of the day.
My music catalog is extensive and includes quite a bit of stuff that I’m even embarrassed to admit I have, but I know I’m not the only one. Music is a ‘mood’ thing. When we’re sad, we may listen to more somber music. When we’re feeling happy, we listen to more upbeat music. When I go to the gym, I want music that is going to create an energetic feeling that will motivate me to push my limitations, and keep me going.
I think productive work needs that same type of influence. What I listen to when I want to get shit done is very similar to what I listen to when I’m working out. If you pick the right stuff, you can fall into that sort of trance where you become so focused that time flies and you are actually being PRODUCTIVE.
You can find any number of methods for productivity, but here are 4 ways you can use music to be more productive:
Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? Maybe it’s the idea of having a steady paycheck and feeling of job security (although, I’m not sure there’s any such thing), but many people are either content working for someone else and getting their paid vacations, sick time and health insurance…or they’re just afraid of taking that leap of faith and trying to earn a living by cashing in on their passion.
I don’t mean that in a negative way, because it’s a perfectly justified fear. It takes preparation and careful planning, especially if you have a family that depends on you. You certainly don’t want to quit your job, and THEN begin the first steps of a new business venture.Business Growth
Some people may have been forced into such a predicament, usually when getting laid off, but your idea should really be generating some revenue (ie. it should be a ‘business’) before leaving your day job. Jon Acuff’s book, “Quitter“, is a great guide for navigating you through this transition.
Interestingly, according to the 2013 Gallup-HOPE Report, a study of 5th through 12th graders in the U.S., showed that nearly half of them had entrepreneurial intentions. This is fantastic, to say the least, as the world’s economy is in need of a serious boost, and small business is a great way to do it. Many experts will tell you that the best time to start a business is during an economic downturn.
It is also further evidence of a culture shift that we are experiencing at this very moment, as more and more schools are offering classes in how to start and run a business. It appears as though the days of further schooling in order to get a corporate job and work until retirement are numbered. Not for everyone, of course, but this is certainly a trend to watch.
Therefore, it is important to help entrepreneurs, both young and old, be persistent in their quest to start a business. Here are 31 of the best quotes about starting a business, in no particular order: