Gary Vaynerchuk has long been a huge inspiration and mentor of mine ever since I first read his first book, Crush It!, years ago while in university. Crush It! was one of the books, in the culmination of many business books I read at that time, that led me to quit my high-paying engineering job and drop out of university to become a full-time entrepreneur.
Since then, I’ve followed Gary’s work closely. His drive, hustle, ambition and enthusiasm made it easy for me to become a huge fan of his. Eventually, when he launched his YouTube show and podcast Ask Gary Vee, I became an even bigger fan.
Ask Gary Vee was an opportunity for Gary to speak his mind and answer questions from fans covering everything from business to marketing to football.
At this point, I was hooked. Not only did I get my Gary Vee fix, but I also got a lot of insight about business and motivation to keep doing my thing. I even got one of my lousy questions answered on the show.
Having read Gary’s first 3 books and having learned a lot from all of them, I was excited when Gary announced his 4th business book, #AskGaryVee. This book would take his best questions from the show, and new questions from fans, and answer them in a well-thoughtout long-form style.
Gary, being the smart marketer that he was, promised to barter with fans who would preorder large amounts of his upcoming book.
So, me being a huge fan, asked Gary if he would meet with me for 10 minutes at Traffic and Conversion Summit (an upcoming conference at the time that he planned to speak at) in exchange for pre-ordering 25 copies of his upcoming book.
He exceeded my expectations, too. Super nice and super helpful guy.
When I finally got the books and sat down to read it (and listened to the audiobook), I was extremely pleased with what I read. A lot of what I read, I was already familiar with, being such a big fan of his that I heard many of his answers before. However, one of the more interesting things about the book is that Gary is able to dive much deeper into some of the concepts he briefly talks about on his show.
He even changes his mind on some of his previous answers.
The biggest takeaways for me were the chapters on “hustle” and “content and context”. A lot of Gary’s answers to some of the questions really resonated with me, and not only made me question some of what I am doing in a good way, but also inspired me and motivated me to do more. It’s a really thought provoking book.
But on top of that, it’s an entertaining book, especially the audiobook. If you’re unfamiliar with Gary and his style, I’ll let you experience it yourself without surprising it.
Let’s just say he’s not a conventional thinker and loves to go against the grain. This isn’t a rehash.
When Gary says he doesn’t “consume anyone else’s stuff”, I believe it. His answers to commons questions a lot of marketers and gurus get are extremely unique. Some I disagree with, others I had to change my opinion on because of how strong of a point Gary makes.
Ultimately, the book is a keeper in any entrepreneur’s or wantrepreneur’s collection.
Best part? I’m giving away 3 copies to 3 different people.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post or on the YouTube video with how you found me or how Gary has helped you. What’s your story with me or what’s your story with Gary? I want to read about it!
I will then choose 3 random winners on Thursday, March 24th at around 12pm ET.