Climbing the Ladder
“Let me just clarify one thing — I’m not lucky!” -Gary Vaynerchuk
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From selling baseball cards as a kid to transforming his family’s three-million-dollar liquor store business into a 60-million-dollar wine shop to starting VaynerMedia — a 600-person social/digital agency — while running investment fund Vayner/RSE, Gary Vaynerchuk outworks all of us, and he shows no signs of stopping.
Oh, and he writes books, makes videos, and speaks to large groups of people. Frankly, we’re kind of surprised we got him to sit still long enough to talk to us! Realizing all of these projects would be considered an ambitious day’s work by any bachelor’s standards, but this is where we mention that Gary is also a family man with a wife and kids — and if his Twitter byline is any indication (“Family 1st! but after that, Businessman.”), he takes this job more seriously than a lot of self-described workaholics in his situation would.
Gary’s story began back in 1975 when there was still a USSR and Belarus was still called Babruysk. Even though his family moved to the USA when he was just three, the Soviet way of life must have made an impression — of what to avoid at all costs.
In this episode of The Art of Charm, we seize the opportunity to field what we think is a very unique interview with this Belarusian immigrant kid who teaches us a thing or two about chasing the American Dream.
Listen to this episode of The Art of Charm in its entirety to learn how Gary responds to high school friends who call him “lucky,” the dangers of living in a world that’s convenient for your mindset, and some choice tidbits of the Gary Vaynerchuk story that he assures us he’s never shared with anyone else! Enjoy!
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