Starting Points

I got to go and see one of my “heroes” tonight at the Tattered Cover. People use that word a lot to talk about people they look up to. When it boils down to it, I don’t so much put Gary Vaynerchuk up on a pedestal. To me he was just the right voice at the right time that started me out on a long road toward happiness (the metaphors are flying). Because of that, I think of him as the catalyst that got me off my ass and think very highly of his philosophy. Trust me, it has been a long and difficult road – definitely not something that happened overnight (or something that’s finished by any means). I’m more of a tortoise when it comes to doing something big – ssslllooooooow mover.

At any rate, Gary Vee was here in Denver speaking about his new book, “The Thank You Economy” tonight. I have yet to read it, but if it’s anything like “Crush It” I can’t wait to dig in. That book got me thinking about business in so many new ways. Unlike some of the other “self help” books that I’ve read before, it spoke directly and succinctly in a way that I’d never seen before. Put plainly, you have to pursue what makes you happy and pursue what you’re passionate about. Simple enough in concept, but it’s a much harder thing to go after in real life. That was a starting point for me, though  – something that I would build off of and grow from. It’s taken a long time for me to come full circle on this concept, but I’m finally at a point where I’m going after things that I’m extremely passionate about and it sure doesn’t feel like “work.”

If you don’t know anything about Gary, just go watch this video. I think this says it all. Trust me, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the 15 minutes. A friend of mine passed this along to me a couple of years ago and it has been ingrained in my head since. I can’t seem to ever get the concepts out of my mind. For me, it laid the foundation for the life that I’m striving for now. Bad. Ass.

Thank you, Gary.

Sorry about the blurry photo – the guy behind me in line took it!:)

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LeolaK “Stop watching bleep Lost”! Love it!! Thanks for the intro.

tim king dude! that’s awesome! i was so bummed i wasn’t going to be in town for that – cool you met him, he’s a real inspiration

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