Christian Long

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love (No Excuses!)

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Reflection by CARL K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love (No Excuses!)

Note:  this video is from an author talk he gave at Google, not the actual TED Talk referred to in this post.


Out the few TED talks, I’ve now watched, Gary Vaynerchuk has really stood out by far, compared to the others.

It’s not so much about the topic he discussed, but I was more interested in him, as the person he is. All the TED speakers had really great ideas they discussed, and all of them were really into their discussions as well. However, I’ve seen no one (not even Jamie Oliver) that has been more energetic, nor as being really intense, than Gary.

If you are to make an analogy out of him and other speakers, Gary explodes like an atomic bomb on stage, while the others are just mere detonations of sticks of dynamite. He’s loud, vibrant, filled with loads of energy (so much energy he drops a couple of F-bombs in speech), but the one thing he is beaming, from head to toe, is passion. Gary Vaynerchuk is passionate.

It’s only because of his passion that has been able to live such a successful and happy life. Gary is so passionate and zealous, in what he does, he based his entire speech around how to be passionate and successful. And throughout his discussion, he really couldn’t help but stress on the ideas of patience and passion. It’s because of those two, key concepts that, he believes, people will be more successful in their businesses, and all-around happier. From the way my dad has brought me up, and while being reiterated through Gary, passion is what keeps one motivated to do the things they love to do, and then make a profit out of it. And patience is needed to seize the moment, where your passion has its highest potential at the right moment of time.

As my dad says, “If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s the secret. That’s how you can be happy.

“Just look at yourself in a mirror, and ask “what do I want to do, everyday, for the rest of my life?,” and Gary promises that will you be successful.


A tangent in Gary’s speech, but a very effective tangent. People are the driving force that helps a business thrives. When I went down to SXSW this year, I attended a panel, about how to start a business and become successful, and a few of their topics are very similar to what Gary has been speaking over. One of their key points was about getting in touch with your community, users, consumers, whatever it is they are. Pretty much, they reiterated what Gary mentions, people will buy your stuff. But they will only buy if you care about them and if you believe in your product.

As he said, its one thing to listen to your users, but giving a crap about them is better! If you doubt for a second about, or in, your product, just stop. Don’t waste anymore time if all you are doing is only second-guessing yourself. Having doubt exposes that you are weak and afraid, and thus wanting nobody (well, maybe except your mummy and daddy) to care about your business. From what I’ve heard, not just from Gary, but from my father and other keynote speakers, have courage. I

f you’re really passionate about something, go do it. If you have a dream, make it real. People will care and believe in you, and whatever it is you are doing. Just prove it to them, and they will believe.

“Legacy, is greater than currency.”

As for my final, few thoughts, I would like to say that this quote is so unbelievably awesome. What Gary has said can’t be more true.

What would you rather have, money or a legacy?

To have something tangible, that only satisfies you for a brief moment, or to have something intangible, that generations will forever remember you for? If you were smart (which I’m assuming whoever is reading this, is smart), you should choose a legacy. How cool would that be, for tons of people to remember you, like 100 years after you’ve died?! That is something your money can’t buy. Sure, you can start a business and make a butt-load of money out of it, and buy lots of cool, fancy items with that money. But what will that ever do for you (in a positive way)? Being passionate, and working hard, towards something that you truly believe in (while making a few bucks along the way), will eventually leave a legacy on generations long after you. There is possibly nothing more rewarding than the fact that you’ve accomplished a goal, in your life, and for many to people to look upon you for that.

And that’s what Gary’s main point is. Do what you love, no excuses!


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