One of my good friends turned me onto the Joe Rogan podcast, and when I saw an episode with Gary Vaynerchuk, I had to see what it was all about.
I’ve always enjoyed listening to Joe Rogan speak. He is a student of the universe and is a brilliant multi-faceted individual. Introduce GaryVee, and there will undoubtedly be some interesting discussions.
They discussed everything from motivational speakers, technology, performance-enhancing supplements to competition and entrepreneurship.
If you ever decide it’s time to switch from watching TV for a little while, tune into Youtube and check out this podcast. Here are a few things I learned.
As I hear Gary Vaynerchuk’s story in life, I begin to see some comparisons between him and myself. Which is very beneficial for reflectin on my experiences and where they might be taking me.
We both got a very early jump on entrepreneurship. Starting on the playground, we both had an obsession with trading cards. I remember very clearly buying this magazine called Beckett, which had the value of sports cards and it was where I first learned about investing. I’d try and buy an issue every few months to see how the value of some of my cards would change. During the day, I would meet with other kids on the playground, bartering deals to try and get my hands on some of the more valuable ones.
We both got a very early jump on entrepreneurship. Starting on the playground, we both had an obsession with trading cards.
We both would hustle however we could to try and earn a few dollars. Shoveling sidewalks, selling things in the neighborhood, etc. I am not in GaryVee’s ballpark of success yet. However, I am working my hardest to achieve results as he has.
One thing I admire about GaryVee is his goal setting. He talks about his goal is to buy the New York Jets and win Superbowls. This came from his realization that he wouldn’t be playing for them, so he might as well own them. I come from an athletic background, and I also realized something interesting at a young age.
Athletes are employees of the owner. They could be traded, cut, and more often than not they end up with financial trouble because they haven’t learned financial responsibility. So, if anything, it was more advantageous to be on the ownership side of the sports team than any. Sure there is fame that comes with being an athlete, but for some reason, this turned me off, and I turned to entrepreneurship.
In the episode, you can almost hear the tone in Joe Rogan’s voice, where it sounds like he is almost making fun of “motivation people.” Mr. Rogan had a good argument; there are many people that only do motivational speaking. In the end, he states that he appreciates powerful motivators because they can do something great; Only that we appear to live in a world of self-proclaimed snake oil salespeople.
This has always been something that I thought about. I feel like I have great power at helping push people in the direction they want to go in life, but I don’t want to be “phony” or inauthentic. So often I find myself keeping my mouth closed, focusing on the process of work and how to create value.
GaryVee talks about his feelings on the subject, and he felt the same way. Except now he has the success and track record to back it up and has been pushing motivation hard on his social media channels. His approach is very raw and authentic, and it’s something to take note of.
This is where these two guys saw their biggest differences. Gary Vaynerchuk is hyper-competitive. To the point where he doesn’t even let his 7-year-old daughter sink a basket when the play basketball. His logic, she needs to work hard to be better, so the day she does succeed, it is earned. Mr. Vaynerchuk believes she will be better for it and reach a higher level of success because of it.
His approach was that he would put himself in the same state as his opponent, utilizing the same level of strength and have to work more creatively to get anything out of the exercise for himself.
Joe Rogan, with his background in martial arts, feels as though it is the responsibility of the master to help grow their student. He illustrated this perfectly when he talked about grappling with a female in ju-jitsu. His approach was that he would put himself in the same state as his opponent, utilizing the same level of strength and have to work more creatively to get anything out of the exercise for himself.
I can understand where both are coming from, as I once was leaning more towards the side of GaryVee when I was young. Fiercely competitive, I was here to break records. That was my attitude, and it produced many opportunities.
However, as I grew older I realized as a leader, my responsibility was to develop other leaders. Sure I could be the talent and “the star,” but that wouldn’t have the widest reaching influence. So I learned to adapt my competitive nature to match the environment. One risk is that certain times I would take my opponents too lightly and it backfired.
It was tough for me, but I know the others felt good, so I had to do some work not to let it get to me. So it really is a balance. I don’t know how I feel about living in a world with 8th place medals, but I do want people to be encouraged to work harder at the things they love, and I believe if someone is truly motivated to succeed, they can take a disappointing finish and come back stronger. If not they may be cut out for something else, and that is okay!
My Conclusion Of The Joe Rogan Podcast
Seriously check out the Joe Rogan podcast. Amazing content and guests and it will truly get you thinking about what is going on in your life through a different lens. It has for me at least.