February 06, 2018
This week, Cory speaks to entrepreneur, investor, author, speaker, influencer and future owner of the New York Jets Gary Vaynerchuk, who is well known for being the CEO and founder of digital agency giant VaynerMedia, athlete representation agency VaynerSports, venture capital firm VaynerRSE, host of the popular DailyVee show and a 4x New York best seller. Prior, he grew his family’s wine business from $3 million to $60 million in revenue and was an early investor in multi-billion dollar behemoths Twitter, Snapchat, Uber, and Venmo. In this weeks episode, Gary talks about his secret life-hack, the biggest thing holding people back, easy skills you can learn that will benefit you in the long run and what’s next for influencers.

“Tomorrow, go and do something you’d been wanting to do that you’re desperately scared about what your parents, the world, the market your social media followers will think do it. then see how not scary.”

If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk (@Garyvee), you probably haven’t been on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube for the past five years. Gary is a leading entrepreneur, author, digital marketer, and speaker whose online following is in the millions and constantly growing.

After building his family’s wine business up from $3 million to $60 million, Gary began branching out to help entrepreneurs as a mentor, advisor, and investor. His current company, VaynerMedia, has grown into one of the leading digital agencies in the world with over 800 employees and $100 million in annual revenue.

Cory Levy (After School, Internapalooza) spoke with Gary Vaynerchuk on OFF RCRD about life hacks, what’s holding people back from accomplishing their goals, and his approach to controversy, which isn’t what you might think. “I don’t think you run into controversy for awareness. I think getting the right awareness matters,” says Vaynerchuk, who is not afraid to speak his mind and give direct responses to questions about business and entrepreneurship.

Asked what stops people from getting to where they want to go in life, Gary responded, “To me, other people’s opinions is the number one reason people are held back.” Gery encourages people to fight through these opinions and start taking action. “Do one thing that makes you uncomfortable. See the reaction from the audience and your inner family and your friends. (you will) Realize very quickly that it wasn’t as scary as you thought.”

Listen to the full 12-minute interview right here on OFF RCRD, and stay up to date and listen to every episode. New interviews are published each Tuesday. Connect with us on Twitter @OFFRCRD.

In the interview, Gary Vee and Cory Levy talk about:

  • The importance of surrounding yourself with a team
  • Something Gary hasn’t done yet but knows he should
  • What Gary considers when making a tough decision
  • How to overcome the negative opinions of others
  • Who Gary expects to become successful in the future

Show Notes
  • 1:12

    Gary and Cory start their talk by discussing life hacks that few people know about

  • 2:53

    Cory asks Gary, “What’s something that you know you should do right now, but you haven’t done yet?”

  • 4:05

    “I am definitely making decisions based on intuition”

  • 16:30

    Breaking out of the merit system and habits that are holding you back

  • 5:00

    Gary believes that in 36 months, many of us will have someone following us around with a camera

  • 5:45

    Gary’s views on the controversy. “I get involved and feed my trolls when I want to. I stay out of it when I want to.”

  • 6:30

    Gary talks about what is holding you back. “The number one reason people are held back are other people’s opinions.” Hear how to get past that at:

  • 7:52

    “Tomorrow, go and do something you’d been wanting to do that you’re desperately scared about what your parents, the world, the market, your social media followers will think.”

  • 9:20

    Gary shares the names of several people he believes will be “super successful” in the future

  • 10:22

    “Pay very close attention to how you, the listener right now, are consuming content and what you’re doing. Then, try to learn how to produce.”

  • 11:33

    Why Gary believes that the future of influencers lies in retail

  • 12:25

    Show close and Gary gives his final thoughts and Thank You’s

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