101 Top Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes to Inspire You to Hustle Hard (Crush It!)

Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and Internet personality.

He is a co-founder of both Resy (a restaurant reservation software firm) and Empathy Wines.

Vaynerchuk is most recognized for his work in digital marketing and social media as the chairman of New York-based communications company VaynerX and as the CEO of VaynerX subsidiary VaynerMedia. He began his career as a wine critic and developed his family’s wine business.

We have curated some of the best quotes from Gary Vaynerchuk to inspire you to take action.


Motivating Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes to Inspire You to Hustle Hard (Crush It!)

1. “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

2. “We only get to play this game one time, one life.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

3. “Hustle is the most important word – EVER.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

4. “Stop whining, start hustling.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

5. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

6. “It’s not about how much you sleep. It’s what you do while you’re awake.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

7. “Time – the one asset none of us are ever gonna get more of.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

8. “The best marketing strategy ever: CARE.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

9. “Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

10. “Do what makes you happy. Keep it simple. Do the research. Work hard. Look ahead.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

11. “The only differentiator in the game is your passion and your hustle.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

12. “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

13. “Legacy is greater than currency.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

14. “Business is a marathon, and most of society thinks it’s a sprint.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

15. “Passion is contagious.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

16. “Pour your heart and soul into your business. People will notice.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

17. “Effort is grossly underrated.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

18. “Content is King, but marketing is Queen, and runs the household.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

19. “You can’t read about pushups. You gotta do them.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

20. “I’m just always looking forwards. I spend very little time, looking backwards.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

21. “Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

22. “Make every decision based on your last years of life instead of your next 10.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

23. “Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

24. “If content is King, context is God.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

25. “I love people, and the hustle.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

26. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

27. “Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

28. “People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you’re going to lose. You’re just going to. Even if you get the money, you’re not going to be happy.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

29. “Keep saying hello to people. They will be the differentiator for you for the rest of your life.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

30. “True success – financial, personal, and professional – lies above all in loving your family, working hard, and living your passion. In telling your story. In authenticity, hustle, and patience. In caring fiercely about the big and the small stuff. In valuing legacy over currency.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

31. “If you’re not putting out relevant content in relevant places, you don’t exist.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

32. “Company culture is the backbone of any successful organization.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

33. “No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

34. “If you do not care about your end-user immensely, especially in the next few years, your brand will die.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

35. “The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

36. “It’s not how many followers you have, it’s how many care. It’s not width, it’s depth. It’s not how many impressions you get, it’s how much attention you get.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

37. “I have never listened to authority. It is not in my DNA.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

38. “I spent all my time in the clouds or the dirt and that is why I think I’m successful.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

39. “You can’t put out projects that you don’t use yourself.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

40. “Social media is like crack-immediately gratifying and hugely addictive.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

41. “There has never been a better time in the history of time than right now to start a business.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

42. “No relationships should be taken for granted. They are what life is all about, the whole point. How we cultivate our relationships is often the greatest determinant of the type of life we get to live.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

43. “Company culture is a religion, not a sermon.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

44. “Storytelling is the game. It’s what we all do.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

45. “The brands that can connect with client in a real way will win.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

46. “Jabs are the lightweight pieces of content that benefit your customers by making them laugh, snicker, ponder, play a game, feel appreciated, or escape; right hooks are calls to action that benefit your businesses.” 

~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

47. “What’s the ROI of your Mom?” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

48. “There is never a bad time to start a business – unless you want to start a mediocre one.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

49. “Remember the guy in the 80s walking around with a boombox on his shoulder? Why’d he do that? Because it told a story about who he was. Expressing yourself is big business.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

50. “I am aware of the talent I was gifted and had to execute against it. It is just being very self-aware and betting on your best strength.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

51. “It’s important to build a personal brand because it’s the only thing you’re going to have. Your reputation online, and in the new business world is pretty much the game, so you’ve got to be a good person. You can’t hide anything, and more importantly, you’ve got to be out there at some level.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

52. “There is no sale without the story; no knockout without the setup.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

53. “One of my biggest flaws is I don’t take advice.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

54. “Stop doing things that waste time. Don’t replace time with your family or things that you need to do. I needed to put together two fantasy teams this weekend because that’s something I enjoy, but I did stop playing Nintendo Wii for hours on end.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

55. “The incredible brand awareness and bottom-line profits achievable through social media marketing require hustle, heart, sincerity, constant engagement, long-term commitment, and most of all, artful and strategic storytelling.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

56. “It’s still so rare for anyone to be personally acknowledged by a brand that the impact of such a simple, polite gesture on a customer’s buying habits could be huge.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

57. “Social marketing is now a 24-7 job.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

58. “Social media is not a fad because it’s human.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

59. “Know the philosophy, know the details, and ignore everything in the middle.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

60. “A lot of people can play the piano, but not everyone can be Billy Joel.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

61. “Care Immensely or Die: This is a bigger culture shift than you realize.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

62. “Today, getting people to hear your story on social media, and then act on it, requires using a platform’s native language, paying attention to context, understanding the nuances and subtle differences that make each platform unique, and adapting your content to match.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

63. “I want to own the New York Jets, that’s what I want. And I absolutely believe I am going to own the Jets.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

64. “When the tech geeks talk, I pay close attention.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

65. “What you do after you create your content is what truly counts.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

66. “I look at two things while angel investing. Are you solving an important problem? Do you care about the end-users.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

67. “Use every customer point of contact to weave stories about who you are and what your brand stands for.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

68. “The chef that grew up with the grandma who cooks tends to always beat the chef that went to the culinary institute. It’s in the blood.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

69. “I am wired like a CEO and care a great deal about the bottom line, but I care about my customers even more than that. That’s always been my competitive advantage.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

70. “When people are using their devices, it’s probable that almost half are networking on social media.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

71. “I’m a storyteller. I love to tell stories about brands. I love to tell stories, period. I like painting pictures through the words, and that’s what I do.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

72. “If your organization’s intentions transcend the mere act of selling a product or service, and it is brave enough to expose its heart and soul, people will respond. They will connect. They will like you. They will talk. They will buy.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

73. “Never ever waver. Be on record. Don’t be on the wrong side of history.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

74. “I always say that the real success of Wine Library wasn’t due to the videos I posted, but to the hours I spent talking to people online afterward, making connections and building relationships.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

75. “More contact means more sharing of information, gossiping, exchanging, engaging – in short, more word of mouth.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

76. “The problem is, we’re all using social networks as distribution instead of native platforms to actually tell stories.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

77. “You can market your ass off, but if your product sucks, you’re dead.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

78. “Your story isn’t powerful enough if all it does is lead the horse to water; it has to inspire the horse to drink, too. On social media, the only story that can achieve that goal is one told with native content.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

79. “What makes a good client, to me, is one that signed on for the strategy as well as the execution, not just the end product.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

80. “While companies were getting comfy cozy with the idea of being on social media platforms, social media transcended those platforms, and few businesses have followed.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

81. “It’s about stories. If I can tell the story to America, whether it’s Riesling or a boxer from Harlem, it will sell. I know on my gravestone it’s going to be, ‘Storyteller.’” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

82. “Really, truly, try to figure out what your palate is all about. If you’ve determined that you don’t like dirty old stinky wine – old-world flavors – you probably like new-world fruit bombs. Stick to Shirazes and California Cabernets or Zinfandels.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

83. “What’s the ROI of your mum? You can’t put a value on a relationship.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

84. “I’m an entrepreneur first and a wine critic second.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

85. “My natural inclination to be improv rather than an educated character serves me well.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

86. “Now, if you truly understand how marketing works today, you know there is no individual six-month campaign; there’s only the 365-day campaign, during which you produce new content daily.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

87. “Saying hello doesn’t have an ROI. It’s about building relationships.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

88. “The skill sets it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, a successful marketer, or a relevant celebrity is a different skill set than you needed ten years ago, even though that was the skill set that mattered for decades.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

89. “VaynerMedia filters the world how humans interact. This is how people are going to make buying decisions.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

90. “The people who make the greatest wines in the world, they love their dirt, they pick it up, they coddle it, they kiss it, they put it in a jar and it sits on their mantle in the living room, because they know. They know.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

91. “Anyone working for a big company might be skeptical that a large business, or even a strictly online business, can form the same kind of friendly, loyal relationship with customers as a local retailer. I’m saying it’s already been done because I lived it.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

92. “If you talk about Cabernet and Merlot-based value between $10 and $25, I will tell you that Bordeaux is the best value in the world.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

93. “I know if I stopped hosting ‘Wine Library TV,’ we’d probably lose 75 percent of our audience, but the remaining 25 percent is still a big number.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

94. “Vince McMahon is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, but WWE’s not striving for the kind of innovation it’s capable of.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

95. “I know I could be the host of ‘SportsCenter’ in two years if I changed my show today to sports.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

96. “I’m a big fan of Mashable and TechCrunch and other outlets like that, but TechMeme obviously does an amazing job of aggregating.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

97. “I really chess-play culture shifts. I’m really good at understanding what worldwide cellphone use means. That’s what I do. I try to picture it three to four to five steps ahead.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

98. “Many people who I respected were disappointed when I started ‘Wine Library TV.’ They thought I was dumbing down wine, but I always knew I was one of the biggest producers of new wine drinkers in the world, and people are realizing it now.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

99. “The Loire Valley is grossly underestimated. The prices are fair, and the wines are real.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

100. “I am thinking about launching a wine website where there is a deal and the crowd can dictate how cheap it can get.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).

101. “I have Internet fame. Real fame is more intense.” ~ (Gary Vaynerchuk).


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