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4 Ways To Be an Epic Entrepreneur – Gary Vaynerchuk

Joel Brown (Founder of



Gary Vaynerchuk

I had the opportunity to sit down with Marketing Genius, Investor and Multi-Millionaire Gary Vaynerchuk in New York to discuss Entrepreneurship and what it really takes to achieve wild success, on-and-offline.

Gary managed to take his company from $3 Million – $60 Million in the space of a few years through hustle, keynote deliveries, internet stardom and an insatiable desire to succeed.

Gary’s book “Crush It!” was the first book I ever read that inspired me to chase my dreams online. So sitting in the same room, one-on-one with Gary, a few years later was an opportunity of a lifetime.

The video interview is here: Gary Vaynerchuk Success Advice

Checkout this very informative podcast recording from the couch side conversation between Joel & Gary Vee!


1. There Are No Shortcuts

People think that there is some sort of quick move, some algorithm or quick hack you can pull off to reach success, when there are really no shortcuts.

“The biggest “Aha moment” has been the last 20 years of my career. My company VaynerMedia has gone from 25 – 280 people in the last 2 years and that’s a lot of growth, but it took 17 years of knowing about business that helped me speed the process up. It’s the learnings, it’s the grey hairs mate! and I think people don’t realise how much more time it takes than they think.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


2. Be Real With Yourself

You need to truly understand what you are getting into. Why do you wan’t to be an entrepreneur? What would it mean for you to open up a business? Is it going to take a lot more than just “you” to make it happen? and if “no”, then are you willing to share the credit?

“First of all I think there is a huge naivety. There’s way too many people that think they can just be an entrepreneur because it’s trendy.

There are a lot of Fakepreneurs out there. There are a lot of people who are great students, they come from wealthy families, have never hustled a day in their life, they think just because they are graduating from Yale that they should be a startup entrepreneur like Zuck’s was from Harvard and that’s not real.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


3. Don’t Try And Be Something You’re Not

Understand your strengths and weaknesses and don’t try to go against them.

Know that you are here on this earth for a limited time and there is no point wasting it trying to become a master in an area that does not come natural to you. Save that for someone else that already has it in them.

“The Lack of Self Awareness is the biggest issue. I’d love to be the quarterback of the New York Jets, but it’s just not going to happen. Every entrepreneur has strengths and weaknesses. You can’t be great at everything, so self awareness matters.

Too many people are trying to do everything and they need to realise there are strengths and weaknesses and they need to focus on their strengths.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


4. Define Your Success

Everyone’s definition of success is different. One thing you need to know is that you will never achieve success if you don’t have a solid understanding of why you are doing it.

What is your WHY? Work it out, have a for sure understanding of what you are chasing, what is the ultimate outcome for you at the end of the day.


Gary’s definition of Success:

“Pure business wise, I want to buy the New York Jets, that’s my multi-billion dollar ambition, so success has always been predicated on how close I am to doing that. The flip side is, that’s just the black and white.

The grey, the real stuff, the emotional stuff is:

How many jobs am I creating?
How many relationships am I making?
Am I having more fun? Less fun?

I love the notoriety, I don’t mind it, I live for the famous fun, I’m not embarrassed to say “I Like it”. It works for me because I like people, and so anything that takes away a barrier of meeting new people is awesome for me.

So my true definition of success is doing what I want to be doing at all times.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

I am the the Founder of and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.



  1. ashok singh

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I am Indian my language Hindi or mujhe English ki jankari not good

  2. Stuart Ralph

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Good interview.

    Joel, before you quit your job how many hours where you doing a day on A2S?


  3. Art

    Jan 5, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Great piece! Gary is awesome.

  4. Steve Reed

    Jan 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Awesome interview with Garry Vee, he’s an incredibly insightful, straight talking guy, with his finger on the pulse. I love the part about the lack of self awareness, and I believe that to be so true. Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses is something that is so important, and not really being addressed by the education system and society as a whole. We are taught to work like hell on our weaknesses, and end up being all round average, as opposed to incredibly strong in certain areas, typically the stuff you love, and getting other people to do the stuff you are bad at.

    I am a huge fan of doing what you love, what you are passionate about, and Gary and you put it so well. A really inspiring interview, great insights. EVERYONE can learn from this.

    Keep up the great work


  5. Peter Banerjea (@FreeMindPitStop)

    Jan 3, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Great podcast Joel! I really like point No. 1. It’s the everyday execution that determines how fast a business grows.

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Top 12 Addicted2Success Podcast Episodes for You to Listen To

Joel Brown (Founder of



We are almost 6 months into the year and there has been so many great articles, videos and podcast episodes featured on Addicted2Success.

The Addicted2Success podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the business section of the apple podcast store and we are officially live on Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud now so you can’t miss a motivational beat.

Here are the Top 12 Addicted2Success podcast episodes of 2019 for you to listen to

If you feel that any of the below podcasts have inspired you in any way shape or form please share the episodes on your insta stories, facebook, emails or direct message them to your friends as this would be deeply appreciated as we are on a mission to spread powerful self development advice to the world.

1. Dr. Dain Heer – How To Be More Conscious With Your Thoughts, Feelings And Emotions

Dr. Dain Heer is an internationally renowned author, speaker and facilitator of consciousness and change. For over 17 years, he has been inviting people to embrace their true greatness—people from every culture, country, age and social strata of society.

Originally trained as a chiropractor, he has a completely different approach to healing by facilitating people to tap into and recognize their own abilities and knowing.

2. Ashley Hann – 4 Ways To Master Magnetic Confidence

Ashley Hannawacker is an online branding and marketing strategist, author and speaker. Ashley specializes in creating powerful, cohesive online brand experiences and is an expert at making websites that make money.

Ashley is very passionate about personal growth and mindset through which she has led various presentations, coached leadership trainings and written a #1 best selling book: Magnetic Confidence: Attract the Results, Relationships and Life You Want.

3. Jason Stone – The 3 Principles To Building A 6 & 7 Figure Online Business

Jason Stone is widely known by celebrities and almost 2 million people around the world as @Millionaire_Mentor on Instagram. Stone has successfully launched multiple 6 and 7 figure Instagram and Internet platforms and is becoming a well known social media influencer and marketer. Known for his e-commerce success in the automotive industry in his early years with Treadstone Performance Engineering.

4. Les Brown – How To Achieve The Ultimate Level Of Self Motivation

One of the greatest Motivational Speakers of All Time “Les Brown” shares his powerful wisdom on what it takes to face any fear and how to reach the ultimate level of Self Motivation.

Les Brown goes deep in this conversation, he pours his heart and soul into this and keeps this one real and raw. Don’t Miss This!

5. Tony Robbins – 5 Ways To Master Your Money And Impact Millions Of Lives

Advisor to Billionaire’s, Athletes, Celebrities and some of the top leaders in the world! Tony Robbins is the go to guy for Success strategies and Joel Brown had the fortunate opportunity to chat with Tony about achieving success in this half an hour exclusive interview on the Addicted2Success Podcast!

6. Jay Shetty – How To Be Remembered For Your Love & Contribution

Jay Shetty is a philosophical content creator, story teller, Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur and former monk who has created a brand and movement that has reached over 1 Billion views and is dedicated to Making Wisdom Go Viral.

7. T. Harv Eker – How Multi-Millionaire’s Think

T. Harv Eker, the Best Selling Author of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind shares his insights and unforgettable advice on creating a life with abundant wealth and success.

The strategies he shares will change the way you view money forever!

8. Peter Sage – How To Live Your Best Life

Peter Sage is a well known international & serial entrepreneur, author, philosopher and teacher. His unique way of looking at and relating to life has inspired tens of thousands of people worldwide to Reinvent themselves.

Whether by improving or turning around a business or developing a new and empowering psychology through practical yet profound shifts in awareness, Peter hopes his insights and teachings can offer something of value to those who seek it.

9. Yahya Bakkar – How To Powerfully Sell Your Story To The World

Yahya Bakkar is a powerhouse speaker and leadership coach.

Yahya has spoken on over 500 stages around the world and he believes in giving you motivational, practical & transformational content to help you become the most courageous, confident and charismatic version of yourself.

10. Ajit Nawalkha – 4 Powerful Mindset Shifts That Will Change Your Life Forever

Speaker, Coach and Author “Ajit Nawalkha” shares his powerful advice on how to create emotional and mental shifts within to achieve more as an entrepreneur so you can move closer to your dreams.

Ajit’s new book “Live Big” is out now. In Live Big: A Guide to Passion, Practicality, and Purpose, Nawalkha shares 25 shifts—changes in your mental, physical, emotional, or even spiritual state—that will propel you on your road to success.

11. Olivia Arezzolo – How To Master Your Sleep For More Success

Australian Sleep Specialist Olivia Arezzolo shares her powerful advice for achieving more success through better sleep. Olivia writes for some of the world’s top publications on the power of sleep routines and how to live a more empowered life with new and healthy habits.

12. Grant Cardone – How To Increase Your Hunger For Success

Grant Cardone shares his advice on what it takes to be obsessed with your success. Get your hands on Grant Cardone’s New Book “Be Obsessed or Be Average” now.

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4 Ways YOU Can Create Powerful Habits – James Clear

Joel Brown (Founder of



Author and habits expert James Clear says if you want to make big changes, first you have to think small. His new book, “Atomic Habits,” zeroes in on the idea that small adjustments add up to larger changes over time.

Checkout his new book Atomic Habits on Amazon now!

What Are Habits?

Let’s define habits. Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 

Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. How in shape or out of shape you are? A result of your habits. How happy or unhappy you are? A result of your habits. How successful or unsuccessful you are? A result of your habits.

What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the personality that you portray. Everything I write about – from procrastination and productivity to strength and nutrition – starts with better habits. When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.

Listen to the full podcast interview below to learn the ways that James Clear has Mastered his Habits!

As James Clear says:

Becoming better is not simply a matter of willpower or work ethic. It’s also a matter of strategy. What people assume is a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to change is often a consequence of trying to build good habits in bad environments.

  • If you are trying to read more books, don’t do it in a room filled with video games, Netflix, and a television. Move to a less distracting environment.
  • If you’re very overweight, don’t try to follow a workout program for college athletes. You can get there eventually, but that’s not a battle you need to fight right now. Start with a manageable change.
  • If you’re surrounded by people who tear down your goals, then work on your projects in a different location or reach out to like-minded people.
  • If you’re trying to stick to a writing habit when your kids are home from school and your house is in chaos, then work on it at a different time. Switch to a time of less resistance.

Build your habits where it is easy to do so. Re-define the situation. Create a game where the odds are stacked in your favor.

It sounds simple, but how often do you find yourself fighting difficult battles and ignoring easy ones? There is plenty of time to fight the difficult battles. Win the easy battles first.

The smartest path is to improvement is the one of least resistance. Fight battles you are destined to win.

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How To Relentlessly Live In Your Potential – Ben Kelly

Joel Brown (Founder of



Ben Kelly

Millionaire Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Investor Ben Kelly shares his principles with you for Rapid Transformation.

Ben Kelly was a financially crippled bricklayer with large debt along with a debilitating mindset and low self worth as he struggled for purpose with a feeling of very little hope of a better life.

However, Ben managed to turn that around in 2 short years through a strong desire to learn, grow and apply all that he learned in facing his fears and identity attachments that held him back.

Ben leads a movement of thousands around the world, speaking to large groups throughout Australia, the US, the UK and Asia sharing the lessons he has learned and the process that helped him to go from a depressed bricklayer unable to voice himself to being able to confidently speak to thousands on how life can change in a moment with a strong growth mindset and a willingness to leave behind what is not in service to your greater self.

His successful network marketing business has allowed him, along with his sister Peta to retire their single mother of four “Christine” and alleviate all of her financial burden. Ben loves travelling the world to lead people to their own empowerment, growth and expansion so they can step into greater expressed versions of themselves.


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6 Ways to Expand Your Consciousness for More Success – Garrain Jones

Joel Brown (Founder of



Garrain Jones is a powerful transformational leader and speaker who has broken through barriers most would see as impossible.

Every industry he has stepped into he has achieved a high level of success and he continues to expand his network into the millions and networth into the multiple millions because he continues to challenge the way he looks at his potential and his life. He loves teaching others how they can do this too.

In this podcast episode Garrain shares 6 interesting ways to expand your consciousness so you can achieve more success. He also shares a powerful exercise to create clarity and power in your life, this episode is not to be missed.


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Garrain Jones is the author of “Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life” and is a leader who believes that you can create whatever you believe and that you put your heart and soul into.

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