What better way to launch my website and personal book/reviews section then with the one and only Uncle G (Gary Vaynerchuk for those of you who may live under a rock)! There was SO MUCH value in Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk that this is going to be one of two posts I’ll be writing. I’ll leave you in suspense as I publish other articles over the week.
There were many stories from real people in this book as well that I have highlighted those great quotes in a separate post here. Below are all of my favorite quotes from Gary himself (or from his ghost writer Stephanie Land… can’t really tell the difference… can you?). I hope you all get punched-in-the-gut like I did while reading his great Jabs! Just a heads up, I sorted them all as well. If you’re slightly OCD like me, you’re welcome lol.
Quotes Where Gary Actually Says “Crushing It!”
If you’re earning what you need to live the life you want and loving every day of it, you’re crushing it.
You’re only crushing it if you’re living entirely on your own terms.
When you first start out, there is no time for leisure – if you want to crush it.
Crushing it is about living on your own terms, equally satisfied with your income and your life.
If hundreds of thousands of people can figure out a way to crush it, isn’t it possible that you could, too?
You are the reason you’re not crushing it yet [everything else is an excuse]
Just some of My Favorites For Times in Need of Motivation
Who you are… can actually be the business.
Self-awareness is so vital – you have to be true to yourself at all times
It’s a matter of survival to think beyond your current successes and constantly look for ways to create new ones so that you’re never limited to any one platform or even one topic.
A strong personal brand is your ticket to complete personal and professional freedom.
You’re going to eat shit for a long time, but I promise, the sacrifices will be worthwhile.
The principles are universal; the path is all yours.
You just have to make the choice to actually do it.
I am so tired of the excuses.
Be optimistic, exhibit patience, shut your mouth, and execute.
Even a well-designed pillar will fall if it isn’t set in a solid base
What really matters is a pretty short list: intent, authenticity, passion, patience, speed, work, and attention.
CARE. Still the best marketing strategy ever.
Your intent will be reflected in your authenticity.
Your business can’t be just a job; it has to be a calling.
Passion is your backup generator when all your other energy sources start to sputter.
When you eat shit – passion makes it all go down easier.
Don’t act special; the moment you do, you’ll start moving in the opposite direction.
Whatever energy you put into something will manifest itself in equal amounts when it comes out.
Patience is for the long term; speed is for the short term. The pressure that build between the two produces the diamond.
Great content hinges on great storytelling.
Every story in the universe has already been told. But not by you.
You are the unique piece of creative.
You don’t get to call yourself an expert until you’ve put in the work – and the market decides, not you.
Documenting your business ensures that you’ll have many opportunities to say, “I told you so.”
Put your stuff out in public so you have to live up to it.
The only way to win is if it’s your truth.
Social media and technology… they don’t change us; they expose us.
All the reasons people throw out to justify why they’re not doing what they say they want to do boil down to one of three kinds of fear… fear of failure… fear of of wasting time… and fear of seeming vain.
Don’t judge it. Let the market show you whether you’re good or not.
This is your life, and I promise you the chances of truly ruining it are slim.
Fear of wasting time: if you’re under the age of 35, this isn’t even an issue.
School and the 9-5 grind are not going anywhere.
People are so scared they’ll be wasting time if they try to build a business, even when their time isn’t valuable…. If you’re giving up only your downtime… how can you say it was wasted?
If you’re not 100% happy with your life today, it is never a waste of time to try something that could get you there.
Smart entrepreneurs don’t care what other people think.
Everyone looks like an ass when trying something new… Everyone’s an ass until their a pioneer.
Sometimes you just have to jump in the pool, even when you’re scared.
You’ve always had the power to achieve your wildest ambitions. There is – literally – no reason why you can’t become an entrepreneur and influencer in 2018.
The only thing you need to give yourself to crush it: PERMISSION.
When you really own it, and you put yourself out there and be you, your vibe is going to attract your tribe, and you’re going to be able to make change in this world.
Let me define discipline: it’s backing up your ambitions with your actions.
Don’t let perfection be your enemy… for god’s sake give yourself a fair chance to succeed.
You never know what is going to take off in life.
Industry Insights Quotes
It’s all about building a personal brand around your business strong enough to make you and influencer
Influencer Marketing is reality TV 2.0
Engaging with customers and involving them in the development of [your] brand would pay dividends no matter what [you] sold.
Great content is a result of passion plus expertise… providing information and insight that people can’t find easily anywhere else… do it in a unique and memorable signature style
Don’t think you can put out mediocre videos and blogs and get anything but mediocre results.
You can even make the learning process part of your content.
The learning process should be your content.
Embrace your newness; in many ways it could give you an advantage. You will likely have a fresh energy and enthusiasm that many more-seasoned professionals have lost. That’s attractive. And admitting that you’re learning will give people a reason to check in on your progress.
The eight essentials of content: intent, authenticity, passion, patience, speed, work ethic, ability to track consumer attention and master social platforms, and content
If you really want to show what you’re made of, transform their ignorance into phenomenal content for your fans.
When you can’t offer exposure of money, what do you have? Knowledge and skill.
I like tedious. It means most people won’t do it. If you do, you will win… if you’re just starting out and have no money, this is the number-one thing you can do to build your brand.
Download every single social platform, taste it, and understand it.
The best way to reach out to a community, is to become part of a community. Engage, comment, share, and create without asking anyone for anything.
Learn the lesson now: everyone is playing the same game. If you don’t play offense all the time, every day, every year, no matter how successful you become, someday you will wind up playing defense.
All I’m doing is looking toward the horizon to see what platforms are capturing people’s attention and altering their behavior.
I’ve got my eye on Marco Polo, Anchor, After School, AR, VR, and AI.
Social media does equal business. Innovation makes people uncomfortable…. Talent has little value without patience and persistence…. Stay the course. It pays to be brave. If it helps, think of me as the shield between you and all the negativity out there… there’s nothing easy about becoming an entrepreneur and influencer… [you’ll] succeed as long as [you] keep the confidence that [you have] and apply it to whatever [you do].
And my favorite quote from the entire book of CRUSHING IT!…
You know where we are in this game? We haven’t even heard the national anthem.