The best way to learn is from someone with experience in an area. This is true in many walks of life. Even in business, someone who has made their mark and built themselves up to be a leading figure can have many lessons to teach those just starting out. One standout figure is Gary “Vee” Vaynerchuk, who managed to grow his family’s wine business from $3 million to $60 million in five years, built a digital agency with several Fortune 500 clients, and has millions of social media followers. He also has recently released a bestselling book about his winning business ventures. Gary Vaynerchuk certainly has many lessons he can teach to entrepreneurs and other business people. A few of them include:
1. Self-Awareness Sells
If you know yourself, you’ll be able to communicate clearly what your vision is and also be able to gain insight into the inner workings of other people. You can identify what your skill sets are and what the skill sets of others are. You’ll know what you are good at what you aren’t. You can then focus on growing your strengths and find others to back you up where you are weak.
Talent is nice, but putting work into something is how things really get done. When talent alone slacks off, nothing will get done. Hard work will always pay off in the end, especially when someone is willing to go the extra mile to get something done. You don’t have to work all day and night, though. Working hard and working smart are both important to success.
How you make money is just as important as how much you make. You see images of entrepreneurs with fancy cars or planes they’ve rented (not bought) to build an image of success. But many people find that practice irksome. How you make money and how much you make go hand in hand. We need to be good people who market or sell a quality product or service that does good in the world. We need to stay true to ourselves and not worry so much about where the money is.
4. Don’t Wait
The market is always changing and could change at any minute, so if you’re thinking of starting a business or kick-starting a new product idea, don’t wait. Start now.
5. Share Ideas
Don’t be afraid to share ideas. You may have an idea that could be forward-thinking and change the industry, but if you don’t share it, it won’t happen. As Vaynerchuk says, “Ideas are shit, execution is the game.”
Having attention is important, but more than that is the influence you have over your followers and their actions. Vaynerchuk has millions of social media followers, and he can get the attention of most of them, and many of them may do what he asks because of his influence.
Negativity and drama are two things we don’t need in our lives. Being overly negative and pessimistic will lead to failure. “When you complain, nobody wants to help you.” Also, people tend to shop on emotion, and negative emotions will not sell. So surround yourself with positivity and optimism to grow success.
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