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3 Rules Gary Vaynerchuk Lives by and So Should You

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I found out about Gary Vaynerchuk a few years ago, when he started to post seriously on YouTube. At first, I didn’t think much of it. He was a successful wine entrepreneur who spoke extremely passionately about his beliefs. I simply found him interesting and moved on — but things change.

Over the years, Gary and his content were mentioned and shared more and more frequently. I started seeing him pop up in podcasts, blogs, Facebook pages, YouTube videos, and other venues. Top influencers I followed quoted him and talked about him.

I started following his Q&A videos and slowly started binge-consuming everything he put out. I learned a lot and put some of it into action. I want to share with you some of his top rules of success and what happened when I lived it.

Here are 3 things I learned from Gary Vaynerchuk:

1. Family First

A key motto in Gary’s messaging is “Family first, then…”. I think this is admirable, but not because family should always be everyone’s main priority. It’s because it tells people that money shouldn’t always be your main goal in life.

I’ve seen so many successful people sacrifice things they shouldn’t have for money and live to regret it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sacrifice to get what you want. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice sleep or free time. But it does mean that there are values you shouldn’t and don’t have to sacrifice.

I’ve used this as a constant reminder to be clear on my values and priorities in life outside of just money. Define your values and prioritize moving forward. For you, it may not be family first. It may be religion, relationships, giving back, love, impact, legacy, or something else.

I value family time, fitness, being a great person to everyone I meet, relationships with friends, and making the world a happier place. Therefore, I have used what Gary has taught me and infused these priorities into my work.

Sometimes, that means pausing my money-making side-hustles to invest in these other priorities. Other times, I can do them both at the same time (e.g. exercising with friends or making people smile online with my content while building a business).

“Family first. Nothing else really matters.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

2. Work Your Face Off

A core theme of Gary’s is to outwork your competition. Gary worked 12+ hour days every day of the week for over a decade without anyone praising him. In many of his shows when fans call in, he quickly picks apart how much time they waste — usually, right after they claim they work hard.

Working hard has always been something I’ve emphasized and something my immigrant parents taught me through example. But I clearly had room to grow. Although I could outwork most of my classmates, I knew that I still slacked off a decent amount. It’s not about if you work harder than others, it’s about if you are working as hard as possible; absolute beats relative.

Honestly, I’ve found it near-impossible to be a workaholic like Gary, though I’ve tried. I’ve experimented with this through the years, and I inevitably burn out or get disillusioned with why I’m even doing it. Nonetheless, his spirit can clearly be seen whenever I’m working while others aren’t. What can I do to fix this? That leads me to the next point.

3. Follow Your Passion

For some of you, this advice is cliche. However, I’m still shocked by how many people I meet in the real world, outside of personal development, who don’t follow this advice. In most third world countries (which accounts for most of the world’s population), it’s still considered blasphemy.

Gary has admitted that he never burns out because his work doesn’t feel like work. In fact, he said that at one point in his life, he completely restructured his business and job because there was 1% of it that he didn’t like.

99% of young people aren’t there yet though. We’re just looking to move from a job we like 20% of the time to one we like 45% of the time.

I’ve infused this into my own lifestyle by always looking for what I can do to move closer to a job I’m completely passionate about. This means everything from noting what I like and don’t like about a job to seeing what I can do to change my job into one that’s more enjoyable and still gets the results my boss wants.

Passion isn’t just some woo-woo thing. It’s not about just doing it because you “feel better.” Yes, it’s more fun. But it also helps everyone else out. You end up working harder and longer, you’re a better coworker to be around, and you do more for free.

“I love people, and the hustle.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Conclusion

If you look at the results of my efforts using Gary’s message, you may be disappointed. I’m not flying around in private jets with bikini models or anything close to it. Of course, that’d be great but it’s perfectly fine that I’m not.

You see, one of Gary’s final philosophies is “macro patience, micro speed.” It’s just a fancy way to say that you have to be patient and wait decades while you’re working your butt off daily to see results.

Finding your perfect dream job, making great friends, or becoming a multi-millionaire doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a competitive world and the best things are only given to those who deserve it.

Now, I have a question for you. How has Gary helped you the most and what results do you have from it so far?  Leave your thoughts below!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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