Every now and then - along comes a genius. In the business world they are normally the ones that act a bit different, are somewhat controversial, disrupt the status quo. They face the hard challenges and discuss the topics no one wants to talk about. They are crazy successful. They have 7 and 8 figure businesses that they have started themselves.
They are nearly always dynamic, they are true leaders. They create movements around what they believe in. They have huge hearts. They love the money but they love the challenge more. They will do anything for their customers. Their customers are at the heart of their business.
They work crazy hard. They hustle and hustle and don't stop. They make things happen for themselves - they don't sit back and wait for things to happen to them. They take chances, accept risks. They push through barriers. They try new things. They are always learning.
There is one such genius, that has all these qualities and more. It's Gary Vaynerchuk - or Gary Vee as he is more commonly know as now. Love him or hate him. He is crushing it right now. He is everywhere on social media. He has huge followings on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Gary has just released his new book Ask Gary Vee. Its raw, compelling and thought provoking. In the book Gary discusses a huge range of topics. The book is essentially a collection of all the questions he gets asked from his audience across a range of business topics. As the title suggests it is his viewpoint on leadership, social media and self awareness and a whole raft of other topics.
Gary is a practioner. He practices what he preaches. He does exactly what he tells other people to do. He lives his works and he works harder than most people.
Here are some of the topics he covers in the book:
- Clouds and Dirt - your goals verus the hard grind it takes to achieve your goals
- Starting Out
- Family Business
- Jabs and Right Hooks
Here is one of my favourite concepts. He discussed Family Businesses. I have a family business and so do many of clients. People are often told not to pursue family business because of the potential risks it can have on your relationship. Gary Vee shares that this is the thing he is most grateful for "its the opportunity to work with the two of the people I love most in the world". He says that its not easy and that it does take a lot of emotional equity, empathy, self awareness and compassion. You really need to work on your communication skills. Gary shares that you need to work on the challenges that come up carefully. Your love for the other person needs to trump your pride and your own competitiveness. He recommends never to go to sleep angry and to settle the differences before the day is done. This is not new advice but its amazing how few people do it.
I really encourage you to read the book. It will open your eyes to a lot of new thinking. There are so many nuggets of gold that will change your thinking and reshape your life. Gary is a genius and a true hustler.
If you read this book I would love to hear what you think of it. What is your one take away?