Never heard of him? It’s possible that you have, since the demographics of the readership of blogs like this one typically consist of like-minded individuals who are constantly looking towards the future, finding new ways to communicate and connect. Most of the people I have met who are deep into the online world of entrepreneurialism know who Gary Vaynerchuk is. But, if you don’t know who he is, read on.
I had the pleasure of attending a recent event which was put on by Keller Williams. I was offered free registration by @FreedomWeaver and I took him up on it. Introduced to Gary via one of his Keynote Speeches, I was instantly captivated by his charisma and direct, no holds barred, in your face approach to telling the world how business is changing, and who is going to succeed, and fail.
Gary does what he wants to do, and that started, as he explains, as a young entrepreneur in Edison, NJ where he ran his very own lemonade stand franchise. Yes, I said franchise. While his minions manned the stands, Gary watched the eyes of the potential consumer, and adjusted, finding the best place to market his product, which wasn’t a unique product. What was unique was his fearless approach to doing business how he wanted, when he wanted. He later applied his knowledge to the sales of trading cards which earned him $1000/week before he was 15 years old. That’s $52,000/year people. He goes on to talk about his entrapment in his father’s business at $2/hr for hours every day, to his discovery that he could apply his entrepreneurial skills to the business, making it extremely successful in a very short period of time.
After launching WineLibrary.com, and tv.WineLibrary.com, he has turned the world of wine upside-down, bringing the once snooty knowledge of fine wining to the average Joe. Now, after pursuing his passion for wine without taking a paycheck for 18 months, “working his face off” as he says, he’s turned that passion into a thriving, very profitable business. Now, with a New York Times best seller, he’s opening up his “secrets” to a world of people who don’t spend time reading online.
The point? Gary realized that “there’s no reason you should be doing shit you don’t like doing,” and he started doing what he loves.
So if you’re still doing what you don’t love to pay the bills, take the extra time you have, no matter how inconvenienced you’ll be, or how uncomfortable it may seem (in other words, quit whining, it’s hard work) and start doing more of what you love. Soon, you’ll find that what you love will pay you more than that job you hate, and you’ll wonder why you ever doubted yourself in the first place.