“I’m able to bounce back from anything because I’m grateful.” - Gary Vaynerchuk
While Gary Vee may be known as the hyperactive toxic hustle culture king, he is nothing else if not grateful.
For those of you that don’t know Gary Vee, is a Belarusian-American entrepreneur who is best known as a social media influencer and the owner of VaynerMedia. He has an estimated net worth of nearly $200 million and claims that anyone that took a Saturday off “took more time off than I did in my entire 20’s and 30’s”.
Okay just to point something out that bothers me, he was born on November 14th, 1975, and married on November 13th, 2004. I mean… I bring this up to point out that Gary has a very weird dichotomy to his message. The public message that he peddles so often is to hustle hard and have no excuses (not so healthy) but also he talks about some very positive ways of approaching working hard.
I find it interesting how Gary Vee over everything else is grateful. He claims it’s his source of endless energy and ability to work crazy hours.
Gary Vee may be a weird person to put a focus on for gratitude considering the dogmatic whiplash he puts out in his content, speeches, and interview questions but HE’S NOT WRONG.
When you give someone like Gary Vee who is extremely high energy a big megaphone to scream into you are going to get a lot of different points about how he advises us to live life but I think something people miss about him is that he is the epitome of a very fair fundamental belief.
Essentially (from my point of view), Gary Vee thinks everyone should work hard because we (Americans / 1st world citizens) live in the best standard of living in history and if we make the most of the time on this Earth we can build a life we are happy with. He believes you shouldn’t kill yourself over your work but should always try your best and use gratitude as a resource for how you get your work done.
As an American this past Thursday was a day for giving thanks. However, as I’ve noticed over the past few years there seems to be less and less gratitude coming to the forefront of conversations. Ironically, I believe that the more comfortable we get as a people on “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” people forget that everything below where you are on the triangle is something to be grateful for.
For the most part, the first two have been knocked out on the bottom but those are the LARGEST of all of them. Without food, shelter, and safety we’d be dead. Now it may be the biggest cop-out in the world, I’ll die on the hill that having your basic physical needs met is better than having to worry about that.
The issue nowadays from my point of view is that the barrier to defeating everything above the first two blocks is being blocked by social media and culture that leaves us in a constant state of comparison.
Unfortunately, as Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy”. The nice thing about Gary Vee’s point of view is that he thinks gratitude can solve all of our work ethic and mental health problems and he might actually be right.
I’d like to wish all of you a great rest of your year, a belated Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 ,and let you know that I’m grateful for each and every one of you.
P.S: I think while writing this newsletter I decided to do a 30-day challenge for practicing gratitude.
Have an awesome week!
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