Anyway, this list seems interesting. Thanks OP for compiling this.
Hustle and grind are traits not mutually exclusive from being healthy.
I'll go so far as to posit that most highly successful entrepreneurs (I'm talking big, high-growth companies here) end up sacrificing at least one of the following: sleep, free time, relationships, starting a family, or general health.
The real question is–between the success and the sacrifice–which one causes the other?
Last week he told someone who took a weekend off that that was more time than he had taken off for his entire twenties.
More specifically he says you're probably not working enough if you're running some sort of personal narrative that you're all that business-wise or ever going to be a multi-millionaire/whatever.
He frequently says that sort of life is not for everyone and people who are happy doing a dayjob and devoting their time to personal pursuits should be envied. But if you want to be chasing the beasts of big money and big business and be all about being the big-I-am, you better be working long and hard.
I don't know where I read it, but I like the idea of life stages. When you're in your 20's, hustle and grind and work a lot. You will never have as few obligations and as much energy as you do when you're young.
Take advantage of youth.
But if you're a 40-something with 3 kids and spend 16 hours a day grinding and working, and no time spending time with your family ... don't. Slow down.
A lot of GaryVee's advice is aimed at people who have few responsibilities and obligations in life and spend 5 hours every day watching TV or playing video games and complain that success doesn't come. Yeah, obviously it doesn't. Work harder.
If you're already working harder, you're not GaryVee's audience. How do you even have time to watch his stuff? ;)
I honestly don't believe that he took less than a weekend off during his entire twenties. The way that statement comes across to me is hyperbole used to drive home the main point of "stop complaining and trying to look successful, and start working".
At ~12:50 he also says "it's okay to enjoy a little bit now too" and that the advice he'd give to himself at 25 is "go have fun". He tends to provide more realistic advice than a lot of other people who produce this type of content, at least from what I've seen.
> So you are playing a fake narrative instead of putting in the actual work that's needed to actually pull it off.
> Wishing instead of Executing.
It's only human to believe that things can only be achieved with sacrifice and that great things require great sacrifice. It was this mentality that led our ancestors to sacrifice animals and even human beings at ancient altars. |
But rationally we can see that sacrifice is not always needs and that a good idea and good implementation and a vision for improving the world in some way can go much further than sacrifice and sacrifice alone without good ideas and good implementation will amount to nothing.
I'm not saying that maybe some extra work and sacrifice won't be needed but sacrifice shouldn't be thought of as an a-priori essential or even necessary element to success.
Sacrifice in that context is essentially apologizing for sinning. Not giving something up so that you gain something else. Unless you count giving up sin to gain something...
It's not a good thing.
The sister verse to that is "To obey is better than sacrifice".
To your point, sacrificing self-indulgence is really sacrificing addiction. Rather do something productive and worthwhile. And that may be quality time with your family or helping a non-profit etc.
Hosea 6 clearly refers to burnt sacrificial offerings like killing animals. consider the full context:
"I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."
Matthew 9:13 just quotes the verse in Hosea and talks more about loving others and being merciful to those who are sinning:
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Apologizing for sinning (ie. repentence) remains an essential part of Christian doctrine and the bible
But "sacrificing things" to work harder is still not the context of either.
I don't really understand the reason for your reply.
1. Can they take sound decisions? Is there any datapoint on this. i.e. List of companies gone south due to this specific type of working
2. How will they build the team with this kind of culture?
3. If they value these for themselves would they value it for employees / customers?
The human brain is non-scalable neural network.It only has so much bandwidth. The things that create/capture enough value to make big money are almost always non-trivial/hard. Market forces are the reason for that. There is a lot of competition by smart, driven people for the relatively scarce economically viable applications of technology within current market conditions.
And resources will be scarce, help will be scarce, an unending line of people will either want what you have secured or want to destory you via regulation or lawsuits.
Your employees will definitely not care as much as you do, and can get disgruntled and cause bad trouble. It's really best to move through the business world thinking everyone is out to get you. Only the liability paranoid survive.
So for those reasons and more, if you focus on more than health + your business, you are likely to get eaten by someone else who isn't spreading his or her focus as much.
i agree, but a more useful way of thinking is that everyone is looking out for themselves, and can be expected to act exactly in that manner. you getting got is usually a side effect of someone else getting theirs through unethical means.
Gary himself may work long hours on minimum sleep but he has always said he is wired differently to many people and that sort of lifestyle isn't sustainable for most.
However, I do agree that the list is interesting, there's some good content I haven't come across before which is always nice to find; thanks OP!
From most of the GaryVee content I watched recently the general feeling I took away is that many people are looking for the "quick fix" when really they just need to put in the hours. Not necessarily unhealthy hours, but hard hours never the less. And that they just need to do, and not think or plan in many cases. Try this one:
Secondly, personally I found it really enlightening watching Casey Neistat's youtube VLOGs to see when he was very intentionally carving out time for family, and other things like running. You would see him intentionally rush home so that he could spend an hour with his baby daughter before she went to sleep - even if he had to go back out to work afterwards.
Of course, that's easier than it might be for some when you can ride a skateboard home from work in 10 minutes and a similar time to where his Wife works (he would carve out date time etc as well in the middle of the day). Never the less I thought it was good to see the very intentional time carving, especially from someone clearly so busy and juggling a lot of priorities (starting a company, a daily vlog, a new baby/family and a personal life).
Despite all of that, it certainly was having impact on his life but it seemed clear to me the impact would have been much worse for some people not taking that very intentional and active effort to carve out time for these things.
Going further... I can't help but wonder if watching this releases some sort of endorphin for the want-to-be entrepreneur. These guys prey on hope, mainly, and by giving these pep talks, I think a lot of of people get temporary hope that if they just dig in, they'll be a millionaire too.
You really need to ask yourself if you're attracted to these motivational speakers: why do you need motivating? The real secret to success, I believe, is digging in to an endeavor you love.
their audience isn't just wannabes, it's also successful people looking for guidance/validation/vindication/whatever. it's not just "motivation", it's also "information".
talking shit on the internet to successful people isn't new. you're not doing anything new. it's actually really tired. so very, very tired. yawn. zzz.
Making stuff up on the internet isn't new. You're not doing anything new. It's actually very tired, so very tired. Yawn. zzz
Personally I'd skip the motivational videos and get some sleep as I feel that produces better returns.
having a business with a single one million in revenues means you probably make < 100k in personal income and is the first to take a paycut when things turn south.
i see you're building a product. just wait until it starts making some money and you'll learn all of these things in due time.
p.s. porsche > ferrari
r u me ?
youtube channels and bullshit, if you wanna do it, just do it.
If you're watching something to learn to be a better entrepreneur you better be making notes. This is not (or should not be...) entertainment.
> It’s this kind of entrepreneur — the disobedient kind — that we’d like to converse with over the pages of this blog. The kind that appreciates weird and feels talked down to by typical “10 habits that changed my life” articles. The kind that prefers sophistication to ease and discovery to the comfort zone.
Strikes me in a negative way. It just feels like those ad campaigns that are trying to be rebellious, or people boasting how smart they are.
First thing I did was say "cool look!" then I clicked 'about' link to learn more about your channel and ways that I could follow your twitter, etc, and there was not anything beyond a succinct description. I'm not complaining, and I doubt it will cost you much, but people don't want to have to work hard to follow your content stream, and it's like a set-it-and-forget-it way to wring out every last potential subscriber.
Your video production during your two book reviews was good, and your review was entertaining, personal, and seemed like an honest unscripted opinion. You have a great quality that you speak clearly and with intention; I appreciated that.
Your third video 'Designing Success' was in my opinion the best, design-wise :) (get it? design--... wise?) I liked the intro with the hip hop music and the artistic approach to conveying your surroundings and setting for the video.
The audio- I didn't mind the audio in the 3rd video when it got messy during the windy part, and I could see that you somewhat realized you were in choppy waters when the wind started blowing. You spoke clearly, and even as an American, accustomed to primarily listening to American dialect, I could still understand you- but one thing lacking that would have made it better was a proper Closed Caption track so that you could still be understood. That's just me nit-picking though, as someone who is hard of hearing.
An unsolicited tip: One thing I realized early on, making videos, is that you can't ever have too many audio sources recording. Audio recorders are cheap, and the mics you can attach to them are endless, so it's no issue to run several mics: one source could be the camera's audio, which I typically use for reference. Another option could be a portable audio recorder. Currently I use the Zoom H1, which was about 89 USD brand new. It allows me to pop in my headphones and monitor the audio as it is produced, in stereo, and if need be to connect something like a shirt mic, there is a port for that as well. One thing that I've been experimenting with recently, is if I'm recording outside, I'll also mic the ambient noise about 12 feet away and use that audio track to train an Audacity plugin to filter out errant jarring noises in incidences where loud vehicles or sirens drive past.
Great channel, I subbed, and look forward to new content. Take care! Good luck!
Also, if you haven't seen it already, check out the YouTube Creator Academy (formerly, the YouTube Playbook) which is pretty much a guide entitled "this is how to make money properly on our platform"
edit: corrected Zoom H2 to Zoom H1
I'm working on the audio sources - the two book reviews were recorded with a Blue Yeti, which is awesome, but involved syncing up the audio later which was awkward. I've just taken delivery of a Lav mic (or shirt mic) so I'll see how that works. Early results seem middling - better than onboard mic, not as good as Yeti, but it'll be much better for videos like 'Designing Success'.
Here are some of my favorites:
1) The School of Life - https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel
2) ComputerHistory - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDr4RtxwA1KqKGwxgdK4Vg
3) CreativeMornings - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ZA3QN2nDmqOSujn8zvNjw
4) Winners & Losers in a Digital Age (some of it are edgy, but not bad for a lunch time viewing) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67plOPT3Am0JbnL_LjU2...
1 - https://www.youtube.com/user/Harvardilab
"Now in this world of ups and downs... So nice to know there are jackalopes around."
His practical advice to "document rather than create" is a good synthesis of a solution, I think.
Everything else beyond that is just pep-talk.
what does this mean?
Gary Vee Quote: "In very simple terms, “documenting” versus “creating” is what The Real World and the Kardashians is to Star Wars and Friends. And don’t get confused—just because you’re “documenting” doesn’t mean you’re not creating content. It’s just a version of creating that is predicated more on practicality instead of having to think of stories or fantasy—something that’s very hard for most people (including myself)." - https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/creating-content-that-builds-...
The example he gives (for vloggers) is to do a lot of collaboration projects in which you host others on your site. I think one can find analogues in other business models without too much difficulty.
He's an endless supply of self promotion, and his brand and product is him. He's built a big agency, and a lot of that has to do with the energy he has put into his grind. However, when I hear that he puts family first, but then suggest people work as much as he suggests - it's just not realistic.
When my kids go to bed, I want to spend time with my wife, not my laptop.
His energy is infectious, but his most recent foray into Medium of posting emails to him about how awesome he is feels entirely too self promotional for my tastes.
Another poster pointed out that his uber point of "just start" is spot on. Stop analyzing. Learn from doing. Stop making excuses.
I'm reading the new Brad Stone book, and if you want a great example of got-it-wrong-a-bunch-before-a-big-win, look no further than Travis Kalanick. Build skills and learn. Even if you fail a bunch, if you work hard and learn, you are adding value to your life and what you can offer.
I thought Crush It was a good book for when it was released but didn't enjoy Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook as much. That felt like a couple of pages of content that was forced into book form.
I would recommend Getting Real by 37 Signals over either of those books though.
1. Fake It Till You Make It with Dan Sullivan of Crowdly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_tKYvPKN7U
2. Turning Products into Companies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=092JQrye9IM
3. You Have a Great Idea and Nobody Cares: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_oYcUrojhg
There was a fourth one that I really liked but I can't remember it at the moment. I'll post it if I remember.
Edit: here we go: 4. Funding Strategies to Go the Distance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuTdS29M1o4
It's very weighted to actionable things you can do day to day that continuously improve your marketing.
I particularly enjoyed his videos on poetry. Definitely gave me a new perspective on an art-form I have never really indulged in.
Well, you may continue to watch, but no amount of watching will teach you what you can attain by actually doing stuff.
Chance the Rapper episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REXasTsQi_8
(already easily summed up in tweet size, that is)
if you have to watch something then just limit yourself to watching this one until you get the idea:
- some channels or website tend to favour quantity over quality since they can get more ad revenue that way
- podcasts are generally more professional. not like youtube where its common to find 10 minutes of some person rambling to make a point that should have only taken 2
- you can fit in podcasts/audiobooks while you do other things, driving, doing chores etc.
For every Google or Facebook, tons of failures
His books are super big and thick and his podcasts are full of fluff which might be good to get listeners but short on actual useful content.
This to me makes him extremely unauthentic and disappointing that he is not using his platform to actually create meaningful content.