Gary Vaynerchuk is literally living his American dream. Born in Belarus, he immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. Gary took a $4 million dollar family owned wine business, rebranded it on the Web as the Wine Library in 1997. By 2006 he turned it into a $60 million dollar enterprise using social media. That year his caricature appeared on the front page of The Wall Street journal. It fulfilled his lifelong dream.
Vaynerchuk has gone on to appear in many TV shows, become a leading book author, consultant to fortune 500 companies as well as a highly paid guest speaker. He claims his video blog site attracts 90,000 daily viewers (my wish to you) and has surpassed 800 episodes.
Gary is a showman and has a passion for his work and it radiates from his very presence once he starts to speak. Be forewarned, Gary uses some colorful words in some videos (not on this one). Watch the entire video and enjoy.
There is always a lesson to learn! My takeaway from the video is his message at the end when he says about Social Media: “This is not a joke. People think it’s silly. People don’t get it. They want to make fun of it because they don’t understand it. This game (business) is changing and if you’re not on board you’re going to lose.”
I have been trying to convey that message to friends and family for years. But, as stated many times before, I feel like I am bellowing this message to closed ears: The emperor has no clothes on! He is butt naked! Can’t you see his privates? Ugly!!!!!
What’s your dream? How hard are you working to capture it?
Gary is passionate about wine. He used the online conversation community to build his empire. He became active on blogs and forums and then used web 2.0 tools such as Facebook and Twitter to connect with consumers online. Now he is just as passionate about Social Media.
I’m living my dream of helping people succeed in marketing their small business Web sites, as well as helping job seekers finding work in this tough economy. I tell my friend Gabe (who says he is livin’ the dream) I’m living La Dolce Vita. But he’s too young to understand.
Gary’s next dream is to own the New York Jets. What’s your dream? How hard are you working to capture it?
You can start working towards fulfilling your dream as well, with my help to set you on the right track. All you have to do is open your ears, and listen!
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