Gary Vaynerchuk’s Biggest Strength That Helped Him Build an Empire 42

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If you’re an entrepreneur, you must know who Gary Vaynerchuk is.

He’s the CEO of VaynerMedia – his digital agency with more than 600 employees. He’s also a successful businessman, social media guru, an investor, a YouTube celebrity with 2 popular shows, a public speaker and bestselling author.

But most of all, he’s a hard worker.

You can hear him say stuff like ‘My hustle is better than everybody else’s’, or ‘I’ve got a dream worth more than my sleep’.

When you watch his videos on YouTube, you’ll be receive advice such as ‘stop focusing on dumb shit’, ‘the easiest way to work is to fucking love it’ and ‘battle scars are attractive’.

When you open his Instagram account with more than 1.8 million followers, you’ll see passionate posts like ‘you can make shit happen’, ‘working hard is the cost of entry to anything’ and ‘life is about grabbing it’.

That’s the language he uses, that’s the life and business wisdom he shares from the bottom of his heart, and that’s how he motivates millions of people all over the world to actually do something about their goals, to get out there, start making things happen and make money and do work that matters at the same time.

Gary Vaynerchuk, aslo known as Gary Vee, is an advocate of simple hard work, and that’s his biggest strength. He’s realized that early on.

Let’s see how he started, what helped him become such a hustler, and whether or not he’s really like that 24/7.

Gary Vaynerchuk: The Beginning of The Hustle

He admits that many people have talents and can easily be compared to him. There are also things he sucks at. But the one thing he’s absolutely sure about is that he works harder than each and every one of them, makes more sacrifices, invests more time, focuses more, takes more action and makes no excuses.

When he’s awake, he works every minute, there are no unproductive activities on his to-do list or free time on his calendar. He spends time with his family whenever he can as family always comes first, but the rest of the time, he’s an entrepreneur and hustler before anything else.

How did he become such a hard worker?

Mostly from seeing his parents create a life for their family although being immigrants.

His father was working really hard too, doing stuff for his wine business all the time. Gary actually worked there as a teenager, where he learned all he knew about wine so that later he could combine it with the best medium for him – video, and start his own little empire.

He was also admiring his mother for taking care of 3 kids and doing everything else at home, without complaining. He took that attitude towards life too.

He says that one part of his success is his DNA. But that’s no excuse or a reason not to work hard, of course.

At an early age he identified his 2 best gifts: good communication skills and the ability to make money. And as we know, being a people person and good at sales are two very profitable and respected qualities these days.

He was truly grateful about having these and worked on improving them. But the 1 thing he added – over which he had full control – was the grind.

In an interview for Foundr mag with Nathan Chan, Gary Vaynerchuk said that the hustle was just in him and admitted that he felt like a businessman even when he was in 7th grade.

Even then he found ways to make money from side projects.

Gary Vee as a Kid and Keeping The Hustle Alive

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As a kid, he was an immigrant, didn’t speak the language, was short and a bad student.

All that makes people feel less than average and they rarely find the confidence to take chances in life, speak up and create a business of their own later on.

But Gary Vaynerchuk was different.

His success started with Wine Library TV, where he combined his experience in the wine industry with how good he was at selling it, but did all this using a platform that was just a year old – YouTube. This combination, together with his confidence and attitude that can be easily felt from the screen, crushed it.

He started VaynerMedia, his agency, a few years ago and built it up to $100 million business.

He never imagines a reality where he could be working for someone else. That was just not an option.

He has always been one of those people who don’t wait for things to happen, don’t wish for them to happen, but simply go and make them happen.

What Else is Different About Gary Vaynerchuk

He knows who he is – a businessman and a hustler. He loves working hard and believes that’s his destiny.

He’s happily married now and his wife understands his passions and lets him do his thing. But that’s not a coincidence. He made it clear to her from day one that he’s grinding when others are sleeping.

Gary Vaynerchuk doesn’t just think big or aim high, he openly shares one of his goals – to buy the New York Jets. Although he’s not that much about the goals, but about going after them long enough and loving the journey.

When people ask if he’s getting tired of all this popularity, social media domination, 24/7 hustling and business growth, he says that the older he gets, the more motivated he becomes.

He admits that he gets overwhelmed like once or twice a year but quickly gets back on track as he doesn’t let himself whine.

He doesn’t waste any time complaining, he just does what he does, which is usually hard biz-related work.

He actually calls himself ‘the purest bred entrepreneur you’ll even find’.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a player and he loves the game of entrepreneurship. It doesn’t tire or bore him, it gives him energy and focus.

Competition also doesn’t scare him in any way, it excites him and makes the game more interesting.

I too believe in hard work and that it’s the solution to most of the things we consider problems.

We can all be like Gary Vee. The least we can do, is watch his videos for daily motivation, try to have his attitude, and whenever we’re wondering what to do, we should just get to work.

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 8

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.


Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

4 Tips to Track Your Remote Employees' Progress Without Demoralizing Them

It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.


Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.