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385 points by hackathonguy on Mar 22, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 83 comments

All of the pep talk type Youtube channels that OP mentions (Gary Vee, Mark Cuban etc), they push (IMO) a wrong idea of startups : they all say you should work 16 hours a day, bare minimum sleep, hustle and grind (god, those words make me cringe). That advice completely ignores health and general well being, which is essential if you're in it for the long haul.

Anyway, this list seems interesting. Thanks OP for compiling this.

I don't think that's true. Gary Vee has said things like that in the past but more recently said he devotes weekends to family, sleeps more, and vacations more[0]. Tim Ferris literally got famous from a book titled "The 4 Hour Work-week". Mark Cuban is frankly on a different level (the 3 comma club really is different IMO).

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?

[0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw2ShSnO72w

Everything I've seen from GaryVee recently has been along the lines of "you're not doing enough work."

Last week he told someone who took a weekend off that that was more time than he had taken off for his entire twenties.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRj144Gd7EA

Everything I've seen from GaryVee recently has been along the lines of "you're not doing enough work."

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.

Keyword: "his entire twenties"

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? ;)

Having consumed a decent amount of his content, there's a bit of context to this - if you're complaining about not being successful as an entrepreneur, you're not doing enough work. He has said before that if you want to work 9-5 and find good work-life balance, then that's great and you should do that and that there's nothing wrong with it.

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.

Thanks so much for this video. Not a millennial, but I got a lot out of it. Especially this part where he checks the Millennial caller with something that I too am guilty of from time to time.

> 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.

And that's true for the vast majority of people. They're not working hard enough.

And the lord said "I desire mercy not sacrifice"

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.

The line you're quoting "I desire mercy not sacrifice" does not mean what you think it means.

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.

The verse was used twice, once in Hosea 6 and the other in Matthew 9.

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

I didn't assume Christianity or Judaism on your part. Though, it's less likely for a Jew to mistake sacrifice (for atonement) to forgoing things to be able to do other things.

But "sacrificing things" to work harder is still not the context of either.

I don't really understand the reason for your reply.

Agree with this. If founder cannot make work this without loosing sleep and enough rest.

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?

It's not about short-term masochism, it's about focus.

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.

> It's really best to move through the business world thinking everyone is out to get you

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.

Having consumed a lot of GV's content, I disagree with your comment. Whilst I do not agree with working unhealthy hours and working on minimum sleep, GV doesn't explicitly advise people to do that. He preaches that if you're unhappy doing what you're currently doing, you have to work hard to change that, rather than sitting on "ideas" and never doing anything about them and living with "what if".

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!

Firstly, I think it's easy to confuse the two narratives of not doing enough work and working too much.

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRj144Gd7EA

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.

I haven't watched that much Gary Vee but from what I've seen he is at times informative & entertaining but mostly cringe worthy. He is a little too high on his own supply for me.

the hustle stuff normally makes me cringe, but once I heard Gary V's logic it made more sense. Basically he says that he can't go and tell people to get more talent, so in his mind the only way to get better results is to work more. Whether working more will actually help is debatable.

I don't understand why people watch these pep talk style commentators. If you need someone else to motivate you, I'd seriously question whether or not you have the gusto to make it for the long haul.

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.

my business does millions in revenues and i watch him and others. mainly because i find a lot of what they say is true, and i'm looking for information on how to get to the next order of magnitude in revenues.

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.

Yea, me too bud. I make 500 million a year, drive a brand new ferrari, and I'm 6'5 280 lbs with 8% body fat.

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

Maybe he's so very tired from working 16 hours a day and only taking one weekend a decade off? :)

Personally I'd skip the motivational videos and get some sleep as I feel that produces better returns.

i didn't say any of those things. i said i had a small business. your favorite neighborhood restaurant probably does more revenues than my business, but it's still in the millions.

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

>I make 500 million a year, drive a brand new ferrari, and I'm 6'5 280 lbs with 8% body fat.

r u me ?

Maybe the title should be "YouTube channels for wanna-be entrepreneurs".

youtube channels and bullshit, if you wanna do it, just do it.

Incidentially, "just do it" is the same advice typically perpetuated by said YouTube channels.

Entrepreneurs are allowed to have downtime and watch videos too.

If entrepreneurs consider videos on entrepreneurship downtime then they're wasting their time.

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.

I think video is quite a bad medium. Watching trains the wrong part of the brain. Being alone at a library yielded better results in my case.

Seems like a solid list of youtube channels that won't just give you what you already know. A little bit of feedback:

> 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.

I'm working on my own channel at the moment if anybody is interested. Still trying to build content, but I'd appreciate feedback. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzvhjBHSW6wLNnyAOEj9u2w

Hey there, I just subbed your channel. I'm not saying my channel is of any quality, or that I'm in a position of authority to offer advice, but you're asking, so I figure I can answer, from the perspective of someone with ~80k subs currently:

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

Thanks for writing up such an in-depth response. I really appreciate your feedback!

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'.

Thanks again!

Thanks for compiling this list:

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...

Something about The School of Life gives me bad vibes. I feel like there is too much of an undertone to their videos.

I'm not a great fan of The School of Life, but I like the mind behind it, Alain de Botton. Care to elaborate on what kind of undertone you see in their videos?

I watched a few videos a while back - on the topic of love I think - and it felt like there was a hidden agenda. At the time I felt it was a little too opinionated, pompous, and possibly content marketing for a religious group. None of this is fact, of course, just what I felt when I watched it.

yea, same feeling when i found that channel first. ive warmed up to it a bit more since. like most things, i just keep in mind that what they are saying is just their opinion and not gospel.

One additional one I have liked is Harvard Innovation Labs[1]. There is a Startup Secrets series that has some solid insights. Taught by entrepreneurs and VCs in the Boston area.

1 - https://www.youtube.com/user/Harvardilab

Not a channel just a video: https://youtu.be/L_-k_1WQ5As

"Now in this world of ups and downs... So nice to know there are jackalopes around."

Haha!! :P Great! My favorite Pixar short! Nice to see this in the list of "dry" videos!

I've got a question for you guys! What do you think of Gary Vaynerchuck ?

I recall one interview (will look for link) where Gary was asked if he would have followed someone like himself when he was getting started. I remember his answer to be a definite "no". He explained that he was and remains too busy with his business to follow other business gurus. Of course, after hearing this I realized my folly. For me he remains inspiring and charismatic even if his content is (self-admitted) unnecessary for business success.

^This - It is totally true. Lately he has talked a lot about people asking him for permission. They are basically looking for someone to come along and kick them in the arse and tell them to get to work. I used to consume almost everything he put out, but any more I've heard most of what I need from him. I'm in "do" mode now, so not much time for it. Most content is just background noise while I work these days.

He makes exactly one good point, and then repeats it incessantly: there's a tendency amongst entrepreneurs to do too much planning and not enough execution.

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.

"document rather than create"

what does this mean?

Document your journey and be yourself rather than trying to create story lines and a "persona".

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-...

To add to your explanation: part of the idea is that you should be outputting a lot of product. The twist is that you don't have to be the one who creates it.

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.

I like some of his stuff. He has some good energy. The comments about unhealthy life habits are spot on. I am glad it works for him. It's a data set of one from which he is extracting a rule of law. And then shouts down haters. Which is fine, just know what you are getting into when you sign up for his content.

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 miss Wine Library TV.

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.

Social Media Guru aka hype monkey

Gary Vaynerchuck is very good at marketing himself.

He's master at it, see Apple show "Planet of the Apps".

Promotes a horrible kind of Entrepreneurship that will damage employees lives. He seems content and driven and good at what he does, but boasts about it too much. He walks the walk, but also damn sure spends a lot of time on talking the talk too. Personally dislike his content, but impressed by what he does / has done.

I sometimes watch Harvard Innovation Lab's channel. A few lectures that I found pretty good;

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

I would also suggest: https://www.youtube.com/user/techomic - which is Justin Jackson's YouTube channel.

It's very weighted to actionable things you can do day to day that continuously improve your marketing.

Valuetainment is a pretty gond one: https://www.youtube.com/user/patrickbetdavid

Eh I was with you until the Nerdwriter1 channel thing, yes the production value is great and they are well made but if you watch other better ones like Every Frame A Painting, Lessons From A Screenplay, Channel Criswell, KaptainKristian, etc you'll notice how his commentary is less than meaningful when it comes to his movie/tv related videos.

Nerdwriter covers a vast range of topics, which means a larger market, but clearly his knowledge of any specific area will be weaker.

I particularly enjoyed his videos on poetry. Definitely gave me a new perspective on an art-form I have never really indulged in.

Stop watching, and start doing.

Well, you may continue to watch, but no amount of watching will teach you what you can attain by actually doing stuff.

"Entrepreneurship in Everything" is light-hearted and not as hardcore as some of these others. 3 minute videos that teach entrepreneurship by looking at music/books/films.

Chance the Rapper episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REXasTsQi_8

https://www.youtube.com/user/Startupfood TheFamilly chanel, Oussama ammar!

I'd love to make a project to sum up every TED talk in 140 charaters. This way one could consume their whole set of ideas worth spreading in under an hour.

Maybe they don't cover all talks, I haven't look into that, but I used the book summary feature quite alot.


They're not? o_O

(already easily summed up in tweet size, that is)

time spent watching entrepreneur videos is time you could have spent being an entrepreneur. its time you can never get back.

if you have to watch something then just limit yourself to watching this one until you get the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk

[Googles: "how to entrepreneu"]


[gives up]

130 points upvoted in 2 hours, is the voting patterns on this weird or am i looking for conspiracies

Gary Vee cheerleading is entrepreneur pollution.

The amount of „business coaches“ on YouTube outshines Moore's law by factor 10.

I share the same attitude and tend to push people into a mentality of just getting sh*t done. No amount of videos, podcasts and articles will make you successful. They definitely have their place. I am not saying this is all bad, but some people mistake procrastination for "learning". Myself included.

definitely agree, although i would say that podcasts are a lesser evil that youtube videos or articles.

- 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.

Agreed, I podcast exclusively during daily commute.

The phrase I love is "procrastination porn."

more money to be made pitching how-to guides than actually doing it

For every Google or Facebook, tons of failures

The person who makes money in a gold rush is the one selling picks and shovels.

Good to know I'm not the only one who finds Tim Ferriss cringeworthy.

I like some of the stuff he shares, but he promotes very much the 80/20 idea but then produces a huge amount of content with a massive amount of bloat.

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.

He produces some interesting content, but, I agree: there is something about his style of delivery that is irritating. I tried to quantify it while listening to his podcast but I can't quite put my finger on it.

The phrase shameless self-promoter comes to mind.

Four hour work weeks are a lot more common in East Hampton, where Ferriss is from. Reminds me of that old phrase from the 70s, "He's a T to T man: Ten to two, Tuesday through Thursday."

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