Ep. 157 – Gary Vaynerchuk: How to Be Successful By Being Yourself

Fifteen percent of you won’t like this interview.

“I like that,” he says, “I like being doubted.”

But I don’t doubt Gary Vaynerchuk.

I like his message. That’s why I’m giving away 100 copies of his new book, #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness. The details are on my podcast.

Gary is the first to admit he doesn’t know everything.

But he knows everything about everything he knows.

“I talk emphatically and with enormous bravado about the things I know and understand,” he says, “and I hedge and punt things I don’t understand.”

Gary Vaynercuk is transparent. Authentic. Self-aware. And successful.

He’s  a social media guru, who grew his family’s business from $3M to $60M. He became an angel investor and venture capitalist. Invested in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox. Founded Vaynermedia, and now runs his own podcast, YouTube Channel, is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and just released his new book.

Gary wants you to win.

And I do, too.

“When you understand yourself, you’re able to navigate the world,” he says.

But navigating is hard.

I have more misunderstandings than understandings. That’s ok.

Because it allows me to be curious everyday, do this podcast, write and read three, four or five books a week.

“Self-awareness is the single best attribute anyone can be gifted with,” Gary says.

But people don’t know if they’re self-aware or not.

“Don’t live life hoping and wishing you were something. Start for the first time in your life actually deciding what you are and navigating around that,” he says.

Listen to my interview with Gary. Get to know him. And yourself. So you can navigate the world and get your intro. Whatever that may be.

Listen now for your chance to win his new book*. I recommend it.

*Contest ends Tuesday, March 15 at 11:59pm. There will be more opportunities to win prizes in the future. Thanks.

Resources and Links:

  • GARY VEE!!! Can’t wait to hear this one – my two favorite motivational guys – James and Gary!

  • Awe$$omE Podcast James, Thank you and Gary, apprecite you both big time!

  • PLEASE write a blog post about Hypomania, it’s like being functionally bipolar and common amongst over 90% of entrepreneurs. It’s one of the ‘secrets’ to success. Gary Vee is absolutely one, Bill Clinton is one and there’s a book about him by John Garnter worth reading. Trump, Puff Daddy, etc, are all hypomanics who sleep much less than 8hrs, have grand ideas, are amazingly charming, etc.

  • healthandnutrition

    I can’t even thank you enough for this podcast. I’m 58 year old Jane Crest and excited. So many ideas, energy and the sharing of nuts and bolts.
    I’ve spent a lot of money recently investing in classes, workshops, skill -set building and nothing has come to fruition that will segue me out of my soul-sucking job.
    There is now hope. I don’t know how or where this will lead me, but it’s a far cry from where I was an hour ago.
    Kudos to both of you…its time to get onto the clouds.

  • Hahaha! I’ve never been interested in any podcasts before but this headline grabbed my attention as the idea that making a business from being yourself has gotten really important to me recently. This made me laugh, hard, just the interaction between you two and the immense amount of value coming from someone who’s already done what they talk about. Thank you, and I’m still smiling. This gives me courage and more belief in patience. I’m 26 and been ‘struggling’ a lot with needing to be successful right now, but not feeling like I am an expert at for example personal development which is kind of what I do when I’m not working. This gives me the realization that you know what, it’s okay, I haven’t lived all of life yet and I can only share what I know. Thank you.

  • Pamela Carpenter

    I never listen to a whole podcast – and I was glued to this one. I’m not one of those 15%. Thanks for a GREAT and highly engaging show!

  • Excellent podcast. It’s always great to get insight from a mind as brilliant as Gary’s.

  • jimihendrix

    Couldn’t see any share button.

  • Paulina Pui Ming Lau

    I have listened to couple of James podcast and this is surely the funniest one (not purposely). Gary and James have great synergy (although might not sounded like so); they both talk in a very practical, no bull shit kind of tone. Love how causal this podcast was, it really makes you feel like you are in a coffee shop talking to them. This is how friends talk and make you go home and think, “Aw i had a good time.”

  • Lenore

    I just don’t get you, why all the hustle. When I was your age I was dosing myself daily with 300 mics of liquid LSD and touring with The Grateful Dead from city to city….286 shows (with Jerry). Kick back, relax, get out of the rat race……slow it the fuck down yo.

  • Luís Loureiro

    For fuck sake, sommeliers that can’t distinguish white and red? Fuck I can distinguish without seeing the bottle the difference between 2 ‘models’ of the same exact wine, one is more sweet other more acid.

    So if someone wants a wine taster, just shoot me a message, I can end bullhsit wines and good wines, I won’t be bought, I hate very little things, but one thing that I can’t stand is a bad bottle of wine selling for a premium price and filled with bullshit apparently great reviews.

  • cgcrompton

    You fucking rock….

  • Exceptional. Thankyou all so much

  • Anna Peters

    Oh Gman x you are so Hilariarseholes xx you are right here right now baby! Here in the UK I made some Bad Ass Error!! Like, I really thought I must be MENTAL! Haha xx
    Fuck the Fear xx Your Sony Solid my friend xx xx Reality Chick ?