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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4 Ways How Slow is the New fast


I am testimony to the fact how one is overloaded with work, which never seems to end. No matter how much one tries to settle with zero work on their plate at the end of the day, we just seem to be getting that one notification of a new mail or a meeting alert when we are all set to excitedly wind up for the day.
We make all the plan for a much-awaited weekend – but it just seems to wither away with a mounting to-do list, even for the weekend. In our quest to reply to every message, every query, every question, we think we are quick and proactive, but the reality is: we are running too fast to actually understand why we are in this rut at the very first place.
We hustle (because we have to) – only to realize that our hard work is not rewarded. (Yes, it happens – most of the times.) We make a strategic plan of action for the next day to start with full gusto and vigor – only to see that some unexpected tasks come our way and we miss our deadlines. We attend 6 sales meetings a day, make the minutes and present our plan – only to find that we miss the nuances – those little things – which the prospect mentioned in the meeting. (We just slip by). Oh wait – you also have your lunch time and that is booked for your cold e-mails and new networking messages. Now this is a classic recipe of speed sprinkled with mismanagement and poor organization of work and time.
So what should one do? Just hasten up more and keep going along with the momentum – only to realize that you are going nowhere? Or sit down with cup of coffee and a clear note pad and slow down to the core priorities that need to be taken care of?
Now the problem is: no matter how hard we try to slow down, we still kind of spill the beans while cooking them (weird analogy, but that’s what I can think of with respect to my status quo).
Welcome to the chaos of today’s work culture. I remember quoting myself on my Facebook profile: the chaos of professionalism can never beat the passion of naïve. But would alter it a bit and say that the chaos of speed can never beat the mindfulness of the moment – in arriving at a pace that makes a person cope up with speed while being slow.

  • Accept that you are busy. And accelerate. You need to know your limitations – understand the fact that you are a human and not a micro chip that processes thousands of bytes of information in a fraction of seconds. You only have 24 hours in a day and you can only function for a limited period of time. You need to be empathetic with your work schedule and your will power, which would eventually be tampered if you don’t think through your priorities.
  • Don’t confuse busyness with productivity. The world we are living is delusional. We think if we are busy, we are getting the desired results for the company. However, sometimes, we are just chaotic and irrationally exuberant for blathering or talking too much – and not getting things done. (You know what I mean.)While we all know that we are busy, but we never figure out the why. What is keeping our lion’s share of time in tasks – do they serve the purpose? Are they inching us closer to our targets? Align your purpose with the key business targets.
  • Carve out 30 minutes of think time. Whether you are a night owl or a 5am early bird – whatever category you belong to, take out 30 uninterrupted minutes just to plan for the expected and the unexpected chores for the day. Assign all the tasks in the order of urgency and importance and delegate the rest. Remember: we all have limited willpower and our stamina and initiative kind of slows down if we invest our energy in the not-so-important tasks. In short: align time with your energy and measure your ROE at the end of the day to determine if you were successful n carrying out the to-do list as per your plan.
  • Start slower to get faster results. Build a base for yourself by slowly getting the most arduous tasks knocked down from your list; it builds a momentum and sets the tone for the day. Secret sauce: do the most demanding task as slowly as possible. It increases your concentration and your focal point for the day. Your goal should be to give quality results to the organization instead of having abundant unattended things that need to be ticked off – and still not finding gratification after accomplishing this feat. So: negotiate for your workload with your boss and arrive at a middle ground to do full justice to your key responsibility areas.

To sum up: invest in the moment; be mindful of the very purpose of your work – instead of getting through the day. Slow down to understand the definition of speed – and work towards getting closer to it.