Gary Vee: Document, Don’t Create – Part II

“Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show when the kid who used to star in all the school plays and talk about making it in Hollywood suddenly appears on-screen, or seen the face of someone you used to know on the cover of a national magazine? It’s almost impossible not to get worked up about it. “Holy shit, I know him! He did it!” From then on, whenever the conversation makes it possible, you will probably slip in the fact that you knew that person back when nobody else did. Now, as excited as you are, imagine how excited your old acquaintance is knowing that hundreds of his old classmates are having the same reaction, especially if he was mocked or put down for daring to think he had enough talent or smarts to be a star. Believe me, it feels good.”

Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks.

Boom! I love saying “boom” because the loud echo could and will be heard throughout the universe.  Just last week I got an anonymous message from someone on my FB saying “omg, you’re an internet sensation now! I’m so proud of you!”  I don’t know who this person was, but I think my voice and everything is starting to get out.

I’ve also had the opportunity to look at some other profiles of high school students who I went to school with back in 2006.  One went on to get a MBA at Georgetown and a couple other things.  The one who went to prestigious Penn is just that….a student from prestigious Penn.  Nothing exciting happening in her neck of the woods.

It’s going to feel even better when some of these ex students start coming back to say, “wow! Look at you now!”

“Your natural gifts can take you only so far. If you want to be the best, you’ll have to work at it, but avoid being a perfectionist. Perfection doesn’t exist; it’s totally subjective. We earn people’s respect and loyalty when we let them see us up close and dirty. Knowing that should ease any misperception that you have to start this process fully formed. Remember, there was a time when Kobe and Beyoncé still had to use their last names.” – Gary Vee

It’s constantly beating on your craft.  Another example would be on a day that I was feeling under-the-weather, I turned in a report to the head teacher and he came by to see me, stating that my grammar was off.  Yeah, especially on this day it would be off, but it’s more of just a shoulder shrug.  Getting better is the ultimate key, but I’m not trying to be a “perfectionist” when it comes to writing.  Yes, I’ll have an editor look over my book before publishing it, but this is what makes people stay away their dreams.  Things such as remarks.  A lady once told me that I didn’t have the vocabulary to write a book.  A British lady from four years ago.  How upsetting was that?! I eventually listened to her and gave up on that dream.

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