A few weeks ago, I went to a Tony Robbins one day seminar.
Like most of the people there, I thought that it was going to be ALL TONY, ALL DAY.
There were five other speakers and I learned something valuable from each of them, but one of them really made me stop and think.
His name is Gary Vaynerchuk. He's a marketing and business rockstar and an incredibly compelling speaker.
He started working when he was young. He had a mind for marketing and business even in elementary school. He had multiple lemonade stands (no joke - in elementary school) and he would sit on the grass during the summer near each of his friend's (employee's?) stands watching where the drivers' eyes naturally landed as they drove past.
Then he put his lemonade signs right at eye level.
His family owned a wine business and Gary started working at his family's store in middle school, slugging boxes of wine and not making much money doing it. In high school, Gary decided he would learn as much as possible about wine. In science class, while other kids were taking notes for their next quiz, he pored over wine magazines, gleaning as much as he could.
Just out of college, Gary took his family's wine business online (one of the first wine businesses to do so - back in the AOL dial up days) and he skyrocketed it from a 3 million dollar business to a 60 million dollar business in five years.
Um. Nice work Gary.
He's in his early forties now and in his talk, he mentioned how guys he went to high school with would find him on Facebook and message him saying something like...
"Wow Gary. It's awesome to see how successful you are. You've really made it."
(and then they would say... )
"You're really lucky."
He then proceeded to say, "I took THREE VACATIONS from birth to age 25. THREE!"
He worked and worked and worked when others were at the beach or skiing or hanging with friends. He was obsessed with succeeding - and he did - but not without sacrifice.
Clearly. That's not luck.
There IS some luck in his story for certain.
His family moved to the U.S.
He was born a white man.
He had a mind for marketing and for business, naturally.
His family owned a business.
The internet came into existence for consumers at a time when he could take advantage of it.
His family was in a good enough place that he didn't have to work to support them or take care of them because they had ailing health or something like that.
Luck. Luck. Luck. Luck. Luck. So much of it.
AND - then he worked his face off. <---- and that, is not luck.
The work is the part people miss when they look at others and say "Dang! They're so lucky!"
Lucky people are hustling.
And hustling WAY more than you can see or even fathom.
They're not watching TV.
They're not Facebooking.
They're not at the mall.
They're not at the movies.
They're not staring at the ceiling contemplating their existence.
They might not be sleeping much.
So how does Gary's story apply to you?
Well, what's your goal?
Is it better health?
A better job?
A fantastic relationship?
A better body?
Here's the truth - you can get what you want.
It just takes hustle y'all. MASSIVE hustle.
And here's the exciting part - you KNOW how to hustle.
Hustle isn't sexy or glamorous, but it's do-able and it's satisfying (SO SATISFYING!) when your hustle gets you to your goal.
The luck shows up when you show up to hustle.
It's like the Universe or God or whoever you believe in is giving you the side-eye to see that you're serious... then when you hustle and prove that you are, BAM!
Fortunate. Coincidences. Occur.
It's out there for you - waiting just beyond the hustle.
Now go out and do something big.
You've got this!
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