Gary Vaynerchuck: The World Needs You – Aubrey Marcus Podcast

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Gary Vaynerchuck (Twitter, Instagram) is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia. He’s the author of Crush It!Crushing It!,The Thank You Economy#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, and Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 Wines

Key Takeaways

  • “I’m struggling to be unhappy because I’ve come to realize it’s unbelievable how simple my life is. If I genuinely wake up in the morning and 8 to 10 people are actually still alive, I’m just struggling to be upset about stuff.”
    • For this reason – being upset about something is just a failure of perspective
  • “I think a bandwagon sports fan is one of the great tells of somebody who’s insecure”
    • How? – They attach their identity to an outside entity and their internal state relies on whether the team wins or loses
  • You’ll never be happy if your happiness is predicated on likes and follows
  • On social media and the internet – “We are living through the beginning of the platform that arguably is one of the five biggest inventions and impacts on humans… ever”
  • “You’ll always be disappointed if you think some big force is going to save you… so just solve it for yourself.
  • “We all are good at a couple of things. Spend all your fucking time trying to figure out what you’re good at and if, God forbid, one of those things is something you actually like too, then you’re off to the fucking races.”
  • “If you know of one person that has ever gotten to a happy place that dealt with your circumstance, there is a blueprint. The end.”
  • If you don’t let the accolades get to your head, it’s much easier to handle the hate
  • On Judgement
    • Stop judging people
      • “It’s hard enough to know ourselves let alone anyone else” – Aubrey
      • Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about
    • “The great blessing of my life is that I don’t judge myself”
      • “Everyone’s tearing themselves down. What the fuck are you doing that for? Everybody else is doing it for you. Stop beating yourself up.”
  • On the ego:
    • “Ego is insecurity with makeup on”
    • “Do not fucking confuse confidence with ego. Ego is fucking insecurity. It is not confidence.”
  • “I think we have an entire generation of people that are trying to be successful and I have enormous ambition to redefine it. I just really want people to be happy. It’s so much more fun to be happy.”
  • You will NEVER have life figured out
    • “Whoever you are today is tomorrow’s idiot” – Aubrey
  • “When people say to me, ‘What does success look?” I always say the same thing pretty consistently – being able to wake up and do whatever the fuck I want whenever I want”‘
  • Your struggles are NOT the finish line – it’s NEVER too late to change your life 
  • “There’s a lot of people right now really struggling with their transition because they have a negative mother or father and it’s a force in their life that is really fucking them up. I don’t think you need to cut out dad, but maybe you don’t have to answer every one of his calls when you know the call is going to be negative.”
  • America is losing its position as the number one alpha in the world (and China is taking its place)
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