Gary Vaynerchuk’s Hustle

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and founder of VaynerMedia, has recently come out with a new “DailyVee” series which follows him around to show what he does in a day. Here’s the first episode.

I watched the first and second episodes and was motivated by it. He really does hustle all day long, as he calls it. It motivated me to work harder in my business and really look at time wasted throughout my day in which I could be more efficient. Many commenters also agreed and said things along the lines of, “Wow you really do hustle!” or saying how he inspires them.

But as I started thinking about it more and more, I wondered to myself, is that really the life I would want?

Would I really want to wake up at 4-5 am and work until midnight every day? Yes, the old saying says, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I love what I do and I love having my own business. But isn’t one of the perks of owning a business freedom?

Gary preaches about hustling daily. And I agree – we all need to do the work to achieve our goals (obviously) but I also think sometimes he takes it to an extreme. He tells people how he is up at 4am and works until midnight…every day.

As someone who also writes about health and wellness, I just do not think this is a healthy way to live. Where is the work/life balance? I understand that when you’re building up your business you need to make sacrifices, but should well-known entrepreneurs like himself be pushing people to “hustle” like he does in order to be successful?

When I watched his second DailyVee video it kind of stressed me out just watching it! My goal used to be to build up a social media agency, but now I am working on creating my own online programs and courses in order to be an entrepreneur with freedom. For me, entrepreneurs who inspire me are the likes of Amy Porterfield, Tim Ferris, and Neil Patel.

I mean, Gary still does motivate me, and I 100% agree with everything he says relating to social media and digital strategies. I highly recommend reading his books, especially Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. But I think that when it comes to the “hustle,” I think he is a bit extreme.

I’ll leave you with this story I read online which I loved:

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

What do you think of work/life balance? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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