What I Learned From Gary Vaynerchuck About Success


And so I must confess, I am a big fan of Gary Vaynerchuk.

I rarely miss his AskGaryVee Show – and there is always something new to learn from him at any given time.

As a regular reader of Inc, I lately saw his interview with Kelsey Humphreys on his key to lasting success, here.

And I guess we all know what that is – work.

He is one of those people who tirelessly works for 15 + hours a day (now that is a ton of work for a given day – but you get the point: there is no substitute for hard work!).

What I personally loved is his last point on working volumes – yes, sometimes working a bit longer can fetch you more results instead of just pacifying yourself with the hustle smarter approach.

No, I don’t mean to disappoint others who work for a lesser amount of time; what I mean is, work harder and understand the difference between working smarter and working harder.

In actuality, there is no such big difference between these two, it is all a matter of mindset and mission. Perhaps you could blend the two and say, work hard and get dirty the smart way. (Convinced? Well, maybe). But just work!

Gary points out that everyone has ideas, strategy, plans, even a plan of no such plan (exactly! I just said that!), but what will truly set you apart from the others is the execution of those ideas.

Now let’s say of you want to buy NY Jets of 2.6 billion dollars, you really cannot afford to work smarter just because you feel that is enough to realize this dream. You have to work harder than everyone else and defines smartness via the deliberate practice of you daily work regimen that takes you closer to not just the dollars, but also your dream!

But let’s say if you don’t think that big, you can still amp up your work intensity when you know you have to get somewhere in your life. Career promotion? The next big hustler? Next big raise? Making your 1st million dollars? Well, hustle – that’s it! As Gary mentions in this interview, once you know you are doing it for the rest of your life, you won’t make quick cheap moves.

His passion and relentless drive to make his company the most successful on the planet is, as I see it, already a reality!

Though I keep talking about learning as much possible from books and podcasts and videos, but somewhere Gary’s freshness in his perspective trumps everything else! He is precognitive enough to know your next move (aka consumer behavior) – well that is how is able to successfully run Vayner Media so successfully! And that comes though practicing his observation skills – all the time!

So while thinking big is good. But working for those big dreams is gorgeous!
Once you taste you first success point, you would never want to look back and say, this is enough! Because you will only want more – and more.

Simple. It’s as basic yet profound as work hard and you will  inevitably be lucky!

3 Ways To Make Your 2016 The Most Promising Year Yet


The clock is ticking and there are an odd 13 days counting to an even happier and a more promising 2016. We all are making some kind of commitments to fast-track our progress in work and life for the next year.

Somehow, the feeling makes you excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Part of the reasons being that you want some productive outcome from your next year and make sure that you are rejoicing every moment of it as well. You promise yourself that you can work and live better. Or better yet, synthesize the two to live an ‘integral’ life.

But is it all that easy?

Isn’t this a constant grind (so to say) to make some real progress?

Yes, I mean the ‘real progress’ – something which we quietly commit to ourselves, which is non-negotiable.

We all, even in the middle of the year, think we need a new beginning and put a happy end to things that don’t work in our favor.  But we are still mentally in that zone of middle-year fatigue that just doesn’t always help us make a promising start.

You see, our mind needs new challenges, a new perspective, and new horizons to sidetrack situations and contexts that halt our progress. And what better way to start something even when the time is apt and we are all prepped up than a new year?

But many of us are still reeling under the year’s task clearances – knocking out all the to-do check lists so that we can plan something new and exciting ahead.

The question is: do you really, really want it? And that, too, that badly?

If yes, I love you. And if you are closer to yes, I still love you: because you are at the precipice to make it big. And if you are not quite, then I would still love you: because you can do it, still!

But how?

Keep the fire of your desire on and implement these 3 surefire ways to make your 2016 the best one yet.

  • Make your plan and iterate. Chalk out your vision for next year with goals to be met in the immediate 3 months. I know that you are well aware of setting goals and journaling – and I have written many posts on this topic; but still, it bears repeating. Why? Because most of us just sometimes swing by and forget about our written goals. And that is one reason why goal orientation is warranted. Pivot and persevere in the light of situations that need you to turn or swivel or just simply rethink your approach to achieve your crystal clear vision. Dream big, think hopelessly grandiose and vast in scale; you just have one life to live. So the bigger and loftier you think, the more alive and kicked started you’d feel to execute your goals. Though, of course, it is important to be practical at the same time – but enthusiasm and a new beginning has no limits of imagination. So no boundations for now. Happy goal setting!


  • Advance your personal growth. This Christmas, sit with a brewed cup of cocoa and plan the next set of books you plan to read. You have some amazing stack of books already lined up by some incredibly articulate authors across (maybe your favorite?) genres just for you to hand-pick and start reading! As Gary Vaynerchuk points out in his post to become a deep practitioner in something. Start creating good work around your much-loved subject or topic or realm or maybe even a theme. That way, it would invariably advance and enhance your personal brand, too. Working hard on yourself is the best investment you can make to succeed in your career. Once you start learning more, you pattern yourself with geniuses and thinkers of the world – and you start thinking and expressing like them, too. So whether you are a music blogger, youtube buff or a full-time worker, take your knowledge to the next level via reading. And you will never be the same. Happy reading!


  • Love yourself for the person you are – and will become! Brian Tracy says this well to affirm yourself with these three words: ‘I like myself; I like myself; I like myself’, until it is deeply entrenched in your sub-conscious. And you can go on get intense by saying ‘I love myself’ for all your imperfections as well as strengths that define you. Don’t complain on what you don’t have in you and don’t get over the top of what you really have; you should just keep you head held high and your feet rooted in the ground to smell some fragrance of humility at the same time. But – but – work harder on your strengths and keep the grind and hustle on to be the best in what you are. Happy loving!


Remember: there is no idle time to make a ferocious start. Your start happens when you are ready. So just be ready – and hustle!


Make 2016 a year that will be the best so far. The best!


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How Patience And Restlessness Work Together


No, if you are one of them, don’t feel a sense of discomfort, as this is the new comfort zone to succeed. We are in some or more ways restless – about our jobs, personal lives, earning potential and many more. And some ironic way, we are tired of being patient with the status quo; of the reality we are seemingly living in.

Gone are the days when people think you have to be patient all the time to see the light at the end of the tunnel. While I agree to this is some ways – but not all. Patience is important; but patience in oblivion is not. You have to make things happen – right now! – while being attuned with your vision.

Gary Vaynerchuk rightly points out in his book, Why Now Is The Time To Crush It!, that if you have an all-consuming feeling to make things happen with that stirring passion to do whatever it takes to live and work entirely on your own terms, then this is the time.

While patience is important in getting long-term results, but if you have enough hustle and a direction map to keep the momentum going to achieve your results, you derive the right synthesis of patience and making things happen!

Even when there is uncertainty, live and hang on until you make things happen. Nothing transpires on its own; you make it emerge. As Robin Sharma says, you don’t get lucky, you create lucky. Well, given the way our way of living is unfolding, the closer we are to the present, the more we realize that being restless in some ways talks about our can-do, make-it-happen attitude!

While this blend has varied connotations, so here are a few that might just click with you as well.

…If you get up at 3am in the morning, thinking you have to complete your writing or journaling, no, you are not impatient, you are just hungry to serve the next day in the light of tenacity, creativity and indefatigable mindset.

… Or: If you want to reach your office at 7am and start making sales calls to build a strong momentum for the day, you are being positively restless to make some great conversations with your prospects and sound energetic while being in full reigns of the end result – make more sales!

… Or: If you feel you can read 50 more pages in the night right after you have had your herbal tea to stay on top of information in your industry, you have plain vanilla passion, dear reader.

… Or: if you have started your own business, you feel you daily office errands downplay your potential, but you know by being consistent and being aligned with your goals, you will make the final leap, you are rationally exuberant. (Well, for me that is the right explanation for being patiently restless!)

…Or: if you feel you need better results on social media, yes, you’ve got to be patient, but you work proactively to network and build relationships with like-minded professionals in your industry. This is because you are a bit restless to finally achieve your ‘being patient’ results.

So if restless seems a bit not-so-positive, consider or frame it as hunger – an insatiable appetite to make your life magic and blissful! And when coupled with strategic direction mapping and momentum results, patience doesn’t sound like a slow burn then, right?

After all, the hungriest person will always win! Be restless, be curious, and be passionate!

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