#QOTD: How much do you hate DRock?
01:28 – Working on projects with clients, how much is done online? (Skype) vs. in-person meetings?
02:34 – Do you watch your own videos?
03:39 – Can you elaborate on what the middle is and why it sucks?
04:52 -If you were the owner of the jets how would you turn around the team and make us a Super Bowl contender?
The middle is the commoditized work that everybody does. What I mean by this is that everybody winds up doing what the market calls for. They’re focusing on what’s popular in the moment and not focusing on where the market’s going. I can’t tell you how many times I get pitched by startups doing the same thing everyone else is doing and singing the same old song. What I want to hear about are those that are in the trenches doing the hard work – the nitty gritty; Those that are going above and beyond and breaking traditional thinking.
“The middle” is what we’re surrounded by 99.9% of the time. It’s the sh*t everybody focuses their energy on all the while ignoring what really matters – the clouds and dirt, as I like to call it. You’ve got to dive into the trenches and get into the weeds. BE A PRACTITIONER. At the rawest of levels you need to be executing. You need to be focusing on the stuff that nobody wants to bother with. Why? Because that’s the hard part. And that’s what matters.
So if there’s anything you can walk away with from me to wrap up this year, it’s this. DO THE WORK THAT NOBODY ELSE IS DOING. Don’t be afraid to break things, and hustle your face off ’til it hurts. Trust me. You’ll be a better person for it.
Hustle. The most important word ever.
Love you all. Have a Happy New Year.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author, self-taught wine expert, and innovative entrepreneur. Find more at http://garyvaynerchuk.com
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