What a Day with Gary Vaynerchuk Taught Me

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.

What is Gary’s secret ingredient?


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.

Everything he did that day, he did in the name of progress.

“I love people, and the hustle.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

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.

He always says, “do not be romantic with the idea of being an entrepreneur.” It’s hard work. “We are not entitled to anything, just because we use the term Entrepreneur”

Know where you want to go, and clear everything else out of the way—focus on the clouds and the dirt.

Seeing him work that day—was incredible.

Know the philosophy, know the details,
and ignore everything in the middle. —Gary Vaynerchuk

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.

My parents always taught me; nothing in life is easy, but you can do anything you set your mind to. It’s been my mindset ever since I was a child.

After the video was published on his site, he and his team pushed it like crazy, For that I am humbled and eternally grateful.

Hustle until you can’t hustle anymore. Then go a bit further.

Here’s the video that I made for Gary. “Between the Clouds & the Dirt”

Also be sure to check Gary’s post “You’re Focusing on the Wrong Stuff”Some great things about the Clouds and Dirt there.
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