Its time to grind, with the start of a new week.
Due to running the Retro-Edition, we havent run a ‘Young Lord’ piece in a minute, but we believe our latest ‘Young Lord’, Russian-Born New Jersey Native, Gary Vaynerchuk was worth the wait.
Gary is a passionate, driven and streetwise serial entrepreneur. He’s the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations, and he rose to prominence in the late 90’s after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60Million in sales.
Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today, and has been named on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists. He currently runs, DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online.
I personally admire Gary’s direct, ‘Real Talk’ approach to Business which all Entrepreneurs need to hear from time to time. His message is very enlightening, particularly to the Millennials on the reality of the Business world, and what it really takes to accomplish your dreams.
He was born in Babruysk, Belarus, in the former USSR. His parents were fortunate enough to find their way to America as part of an exchange program where Soviet Jews were allowed to immigrate to the US in exchange for food aid. While the entire extended family shared a studio apartment in Queens, Gary’s father Sasha began working at a relative’s liquor store in New Jersey and eventually moved the family to Edison, NJ.
As a young child, Gary began his entrepreneurial career by ripping flowers out of his neighbours’ yards and using his natural charm to sell them right back (a profit margin he has still yet to equal). Soon he had upgraded to operating an entire lemonade stand franchise, managing multiple locations and commuting via big-wheel to collect his profits.
In his early teens, Gary cornered the local market for baseball cards, often making thousands in a weekend with his keen eye for deals, and his razor-sharp sales-tactics. All of this came to a halt when, at the age of 14, Gary’s father literally dragged him into the family business. In the blink of an eye he went from making thousands of dollars in a weekend to making $2 an hour bagging ice in the basement of Shoppers Discount Liquors, which his father had taken full ownership of by that point.
You’ll always get inspiring words of wisdom, as well as useful business strategies by listening to Gary Vee. Most importantly you’ll understand how to pursue your passion realistically.
Check out the links below to Gary’s Website, YouTube Channel and some articles we found.
Links & Credits:
Gary Vee YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVaynerchuk/playlists