Over the last few weeks, I have procrastinated myself away from studying more than I ever have in my life. It’s just so easy to do something more interesting, fun and engaging than study. I have five exams to do, and have barely put an hour in. What have I dedicated myself to then?
Not just Facebook, in fact hardly Facebook, but rather everything else that can be imaginable under the term social media. The web is the most valuable source of education and learning, the perfect tool to do research about the things that INTEREST you, not just the stuff you have to know. I have dedicated myself to reading blogs, watching vlogs, watching videos on youtube, reading articles, keeping up with the news (mainly in the techosphere), reconnecting with some people I haven’t spoken to in some time, but most importantly starting new connections with vital people for me and the business.
Let me take the opportunity to mention that Gary Vee (Vaynerchuk) is my idol. I see so much of myself in him, that I am starting to believe in myself more, as a result of his success. Gary Vee is an entrepreneur who started his career by turning his family’s wine store into a website service called winelibrary.com, he turned it into a $60million business! WOW. He took his expertise in wine to new levels, starting a video blog to educate us about wine. But that is where it all started, Gary has built an amazing personal brand around himself, now with his own media company he does talks and shows around the world. He is a respected wine professional, business professional and personality! I hope to be like you soon Gary.
The most inspiring speech I have had the pleasure of watching was his most recent one at RailsConf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QWHkcCP3tA&feature=player_embedded). What inspires me is his way of getting his point across, his recognition of his limits and mostly his engagement with the audience. Its a long video, but so worth it. If you really want to get to know Gary, check out his website http://garyvaynerchuk.com/
There are a few other key people in my life right now, and they will be mentioned in future blogs. But the people who teach me the most about myself, are Sam Dalton, Medha Ghatikesh, Amrita Lal, Declan Kenney and Surya Seger. These people are my friends and business partners; day-to-day they inform me of new things, they teach me about myself, they give me advice, they show me respect. It is them that I am thankful!