Why Advice from Gurus is Mostly Meaningless

It’s no secret that I’m a busy guy. Between running my agency VaynerMedia and my venture capital firm VaynerRSE, I work long hours. I have five minute meetings on my calendar, and you’ll often find me on a plane jetting back and forth between cities. A lot of people have asked me throughout the years how I am able to work so hard all day and night. Don’t I get tired? Exhausted? Where does the drive come from?


For me, it all comes down to loving it.


It’s the truth. The only thing keeping me going day in and day out (and night in and night out) is that I love it. I love all of this. I love doing my show, The #AskGaryVee Show. I love flying all over the country. I love getting in from a flight at 1am and then waking up for 6am basketball and an 8am meeting.


But I am the first to say that my advice isn’t for everyone. And I love it when people talk about the ways in which they operate differently from me.


Because the truth is, I never expect everyone to be like me. Not at all. In fact, you should be focusing on what works for you. Always. But people are constantly asking me what my morning routine is, or what my workout regimen is. What do I eat? What do I read? And I’m not surprised or upset that they as. We ask successful entrepreneurs questions like “What does a day look like for you?” because we think they might hold some secret to success. Some overarching wisdom that will change everything.


I’m here to you tell: we don’t.


The only advice I can give you is audit yourself and figure out what makes you work the hardest.


I wrote an article a while back that I love because to me, it speaks to this very thing. In it, I talked about why you shouldn’t try to make yourself a morning person if you just naturally are not. It’s not necessary. Just because someone wakes up earlier doesn’t mean they are any more productive.


It’s not about how much you sleep. It’s what you do while you’re awake.


Don’t force yourself to wake up early. Don’t force yourself to skip lunch. Don’t force yourself to be like me and take a hundred meetings a day.


Figure out what makes you most successful. I am always happy to share my wisdom with you guys, because for some of you, it might actually work. And for tactful advice, I’m even happier to help (I’ve been pushing Facebook dark posts on my readers for a while now; highly recommend looking into them for your marketing). But never assume I expect all of you to be just like me. And when you hear a guru talking about their routine, about their big break – remember that.


If you’re hustling, working hard, giving it your all, good things will happen. Period. What the hustle looks like varies. All I ask for is that you work hard and work fast.

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