About the hustle.
It was 9:15am on a Thursday morning, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Gary (@garyvee) already had one meeting and was in his second. By the time I arrived to meet him—-he was four blocks away, still in his meeting. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
As the day progressed, we did not slow down. He was always moving, talking and listening. If he wasn’t in one meeting, he was in another or on the phone. On our trip up to his keynote that afternoon he was writing a blog post, taking business phone calls, and after the keynote he did a full podcast interview on the way to his flight. This guy never slowed down.
This is when it really clicked for me. All of it. The keynotes, the interviews, the videos and of course his books—Gary Vaynerchuk isn’t just talk, he’s all about the hustle. He lives it. He breathes it.
And the word hustle doesn’t represent some gangsta-bad-ass-entrepreneur using hustle as a slang word to be cool. To him, hustle—means putting your blood, sweat and tears into something and legitimately knowing your stuff.
So what did Gary Vaynerchuk do for me? What didn’t he do. He inspired, he gave, he gave, he gave. He was genuinely a good person. He’s just a really good person. Check out this post he wrote on The Leverage of Being a Good Person. It’s a good one.