The entrepreneur and speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, or Gary Vee as he is known on Social Media, is a very interesting person.
I forget exactly how I discovered him. His YouTube channel is very popular, as is his podcast, Ask Gary Vee. I highly recommend them both.
I find that his viewpoint on social habits relative to technology is very down-to-earth, and his track record of predicting trends is pretty impressive (he was an early investor in Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat and others.)
But the thing I like best about him is that doesn’t just preach ways for people to make money. Rather, he inspires people to work hard, give of themselves, and “deploy empathy” in order to have lasting success. It’s a sincere message, and one that resonates with people all over the world.
He himself provides a lot of valuable advice and information completely free of charge. I’ve listened to hours and hours of free content on his websites that have been very helpful to my business as an actor, even though he isn’t an artist himself.
Above all, his genuine-ness is perhaps his greatest attribute. Contributing to that is his reliance on “cuss words” in his talks; he won’t be featured on the Disney Channel anytime soon, but the honesty behind the words, plus his genuine effort to provide good, actionable advice, justifies all the F-bombs, IMHO.
I’ve gone out of my way to meet Gary Vee twice, most recently flying to NYC to attend his VoiceCon, a conference about how voice activated platforms will affect all of our futures, and I wanted to present him with a gift that I hoped he would enjoy. You can see video of that moment HERE.
If you haven’t already, check out his podcast or his YouTube channel. In a noisy, anxious world, I think he’s well worth listening to.