158+ Best Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author, speaker and CEO of VaynerMedia. Inspirational Gary Vaynerchuk quotes will show you what it takes to succeed, fill you with wisdom and motivate you to work hard.

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Famous Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes

I attract a crowd, not because I’m an extrovert or I’m over the top or I’m oozing with charisma. It’s because I care. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Love your family, work super hard, live your passion. – Gary Vaynerchuk

A penguin cannot become a giraffe, so just be the best penguin you can be. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Live your passion. What does that mean, anyway? It means that when you get up for work every morning, every single morning, you are pumped because you get to talk about or work with or do the thing that interests you the most in the world. You don’t live for vacations because you don’t need a break from what you’re doing—working, playing, and relaxing are one and the same. You don’t even pay attention to how many hours you’re working because to you, it’s not really work. You’re making money, but you’d do whatever it is you’re doing for free. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Micro-Content + Community Management = Effective Social Media Marketing – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

You need to spend all of your time and energy on creating something that actually brings value to the people you’re asking for money! – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

It’s very logical: There is proven ROI in doing whatever you can to turn your customers into advocates for your brand or business. The way to create advocates is to offer superior customer service. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Your story needs to move people’s spirits and build their goodwill, so that when you finally do ask them to buy from you, they feel like you’ve given them so much it would be almost rude to refuse. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I have no understanding as to why you wouldn’t try to make what you’re passionate about work for you. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The person who can dominate during rough times is the person who can dominate, period. – Gary Vaynerchuk

We’re living in an era where word-of-mouth is on steroids. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

When we launched the WineLibrary website in 1996, I didn’t even own a computer yet. I just understood that there was an opportunity here to market in a different way. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Do what makes you happy. Keep it simple. Do the research. Work hard. Look ahead. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Social media is not a fad because it’s human. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Stop crying… keep hustling. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Your legacy is being written by yourself. Make the right decisions. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Company culture is the backbone of any successful organization. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Effort is grossly underrated. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Content is king, but context is God. – Gary Vaynerchuk

On Facebook, the definition of great content is not the content that makes the most sales, but the content that people most want to share with others. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Hustle is waking up the day before you die and realising you gave it your all. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Word of mouth works now, much more than ever. @-reply every single person. – Gary Vaynerchuk

There has never been a better time in the history of time than right now to start a business. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Make every decision based on your last years of life instead of your next 10. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The biggest gains come from associating with people u DONT agree with! – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

The best marketing strategy ever: CARE – Gary Vaynerchuk

The reason we love our parents is because they loved us first. Every single company should take this advice. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Don’t worry; skills are cheap, passion is priceless. If you’re passionate about your content and you know it and do it better than anyone else, even with few formal business skills you have the potential to create a million-dollar business. – Gary Vaynerchuk

It’s insane to me to ask anybody to be what they’re not. Know what you know the best, love the most. That’s always going to be the answer to the thing that you have the best shot at winning at. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Know the philosophy, know the details, and ignore everything in the middle. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

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

We love displays and symbols and stuff that quickly and silently tells the world who we are. Better yet, we love visual reminders of who we want to be. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I genuinely believe that any business can create a competitive advantage through giving outstanding customer care. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Good salespeople sell value and social media is the best place to find this value because of its transparency. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Someone with less passion and talent and poorer content can totally beat you if they’re willing to work longer and harder than you are. Hustle is it. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Great marketing is all about telling your story in such a way that it compels people to buy what you are selling. – Gary Vaynerchuk

It’s easy to dream about it … Much harder to execute it …. Work! – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Social marketing is now a 24-7 job. – Gary Vaynerchuk

If you know exactly what you want to be, you need to spend as much time as possible with people who are actually that already. – Gary Vaynerchuk

We only get to play this game one time, one life. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Whether you’re 9 or 90, stop trying to fix the things you’re bad at, and focus on the things you’re good at. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The only differentiator in the game is your passion and your hustle. – Gary Vaynerchuk

You can’t read about pushups. You gotta do them. – Gary Vaynerchuk

It’s not about what you’re saying, it’s about how you listen. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Hustle is the most important word–EVER. – Gary Vaynerchuk

All your ideas may be solid or even good… But you have to Actually EXECUTE on them for them to matter. – Gary Vaynerchuk

What’s the ROI of your mum? You can’t put a value on a relationship. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what do I want to do every day for the rest of my life. Do that! – Gary Vaynerchuk

Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. – Gary Vaynerchuk

If you do not care about your end user immensely, especially in the next few years, your brand will die. – Gary Vaynerchuk

If you’re not putting out relevant content in relevant places, you don’t exist. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Pour your heart and soul into your business. People will notice. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Saying hello doesn’t have an ROI. It’s about building relationships. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners. This means taking the long view and avoiding short-term benchmarks to gauge progress. It means allowing the personality, heart and soul of the people who run all levels of the business to show. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Eighty-five per cent of the crowd is going to fall in love with me – they’re going to feel it, wow. But fifteen per cent are going to think, ‘This guy is obnoxious.’ I spend enormous time with them – every negative review of ‘Crush It!’ on Amazon has a response from me – and I can probably bring back ten of the fifteen. – Gary Vaynerchuk

You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don’t do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

People don’t want to embrace culture shifts because it’s not going to happen in the next 20 minutes. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I influence anybody who is able to get through the chaos of my first impression. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Best wine if you’re stranded on a deserted island? 1982 Salon Champagne. – Gary Vaynerchuk

As much as I love crisp, clean whites, there’s always a time for rich but balanced Chardonnays with oak, especially at Thanksgiving. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Okay, let’s talk about cartoon labels for half a second – some people think anything with a dog or a car or a colorful alien is garbage, which is not true. Look at Big Moose Red. It’s, like, a $6 wine with a cheesy label, and it’s actually a solid wine. – Gary Vaynerchuk

If I could drink only one wine, it would be Champagne. – Gary Vaynerchuk

People are more comfortable learning about wine because now they can just Google, you know, ‘Soave,’ and say, ‘Oh, O.K., cool.’ – Gary Vaynerchuk

When I hear people debate the ROI of social media? It makes me remember why so many business fail. Most businesses are not playing the marathon. They’re playing the sprint. They’re not worried about lifetime value and retention. They’re worried about short-term goals. – Gary Vaynerchuk

My store, Wine Library, outsells big national chains. How do you think we do it? It started with hustle. I always say that our success wasn’t due to my hundreds of online videos about wine that went viral, but to the hours I spent talking to people online afterward, making connections and building relationships. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m pretty good at sticking to what I know. You don’t see me social commentating on healthcare or presidential debates. I talk about what I know because I’m petrified of being wrong. – Gary Vaynerchuk

One of the things that I’m really proud of is that I have really good timing. It’s very easy for me to see what’s coming up and it’s no coincidence that I went headfirst into wine and then headfirst into new media – none at all. – Gary Vaynerchuk

You have to respect your parents. They are giving you an at-bat. If you’re an entrepreneur and go into the family business, you want to grow fast. Patience is important. But respect the other party… My dad and I pulled it off because we really respect each other. – Gary Vaynerchuk

There’s always a wine bully. The one person who did read the ‘Wine Spectator,’ who tells you what to drink and why the ’97 is better than the ’98. I want to punch the wine bully in the face. I want to make sure this generation of wine drinkers isn’t elitist and snotty. I want it to be about family and bringing people together. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I would argue heavily that the time that has been allocated to social used to come from television, and people are benefitting from it. People who are saying, ‘Aw, you’re spending all your time on Facebook, or all your time on Twitter,’ I’d like to understand what the person used to do with that time. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Think of social media as the Internet. I can’t think of anyone betting against the Internet in 2012. – Gary Vaynerchuk

You cannot underestimate people’s ability to spot a soulless, bureaucratic tactic a million miles away. It’s a big reason why so many companies that have dipped a toe in social media waters have failed miserably. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I think the acquisition of consumers might be on the verge of being mapped. The battlefield is going to be retention and lifetime value. – Gary Vaynerchuk

IQ is a commodity; data is a commodity. I’m far more interested in watching people interact at a restaurant with their smartphone. We can all read ‘Tech Crunch,’ ‘Ad Age.’ I would rather be living in the trenches. I would rather be going to Whole Foods in Columbus Circle to watch people shop with their smartphones. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I find it fascinating that a lot of business books that do well are from people who’ve never made any money in business. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I don’t want anybody to not recognize how appreciative I am of the volume of e-mails I get. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

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

I want people to know their palate is a snowflake. We all like different things. Why should we all have the same taste in wines? – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

I’m an entrepreneur first and a wine critic second. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I really chess-play culture shifts. I’m really good at understanding what worldwide cell-phone use means. That’s what I do. I try to picture it three to four to five steps ahead. – Gary Vaynerchuk

People who build family businesses are not classically trained. They have to deal with an enormous amount of politics. You think corporate politics are tough? Go work for your dad or your mom. – Gary Vaynerchuk

One of my biggest flaws is I don’t take advice. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Storytelling is the game. It’s what we all do. It’s why Nike is Nike, it’s why Apple is Apple, it’s why Walt Disney built Disney World and it’s why Vince McMahon makes a billion dollars. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Even though I’m a hype man myself, I like the practicality of it all. People who understand how to turn a profit. At the end of the day, this is still business so I’m looking for real practical knowledge of how to actually make money, not necessarily raise it. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Here’s how I work: It’s 2013, and most marketers are operating like it’s 2009. I’m always trying to market like it’s 2015, but not like it’s 2020. A lot of my contemporaries who understand where the world is going, go too far out, and aren’t practical. I have always prided myself on being visionary, with a heavy practicality. – Gary Vaynerchuk

We’re living in what I like to call the ‘Thank You Economy,’ because only the companies that can figure out how to mind their manners in a very old-fashioned way – and do it authentically – are going to have a prayer of competing. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The world has changed – through technology, through wine-making techniques, the quality of wine is greater than it’s ever been. Whereas ten, fifteen years ago it was very easy to find lots of bad wine, it’s kind of hard now. The technology, the science – it’s like, are you kidding? We’re in the golden years of wine! – Gary Vaynerchuk

Be reactionary. React to what the market wants. And the market wants one-on-one real time engagement. Now that we have the tools to engage, I’m going to continue fighting for the end user. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m concerned a little bit with the culture of celebrating the fundraise. My dad taught me that when you borrow money it’s the worst day of your life. – Gary Vaynerchuk

My dad is like a cactus – introverted and tough. I’m a people person, like my mom, but I got my competitiveness from my dad. He came to this country from Belarus with nothing and built a real business. He’s my hero for giving me that need to run a business and for having enormous confidence in me. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I think what’s happening for me, it’s fun to see other things besides Facebook and Twitter take hold. The maturity of Tumblr as a real player is exciting. I think Pinterest has proved to be a major player. It’s fun to see Instagram become a major player. It’s fun to watch things like SnapChat, and Vine, try to vie to be the next thing. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I’m not afraid to call a wine that tastes like Skittles or green peppers mixed with orange marmalade. I’ll say, ‘It tastes like chicken.’ I mean, that’s not what people think of when they think of wine, but that’s what it tastes like to me and it hits home. – Gary Vaynerchuk

From age 16, I lived and breathed wine. I read every magazine and book about wine. – Gary Vaynerchuk

If there’s a problem, we at Wine Library never tell ourselves that once we handle this issue, we’ll never have to deal with the person again. We talk to every single person as though we’re going to wind up sitting next to that person at his or her mother’s house that night for dinner. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

When the tech geeks talk, I pay close attention. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

I have no interest in going to Egypt and seeing the pyramids. I’m just not that kind of dude. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I know I could be the host of ‘SportsCenter’ in two years if I changed my show today to sports. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Nobody walks this earth thinking he’s better than I think I am – I think I’m great. At the same time, it’s so obvious to me that I’m nobody. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I am surprised by how not adopted the video reply has been. What keeps other people from doing it, I think, is that they think a video comes across as ‘I’m cool, look at how many e-mails I get.’ That perception doesn’t scare me, because I know who I am. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Too many companies think they want to do a video blog to sell merchandise, but if you turn your site into QVC, you lose. I have an audience that trusts me. It’s about building a global brand – not selling four more bottles of Pinot Grigio. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Do you know how many companies have wanted me to do an energy drink for them because I named my book ‘Crush It!’? It might be fun one day, but right now I think it would undermine the personal brand I’ve built. – Gary Vaynerchuk

When I was 17 or 18, I wanted to become a wine expert, and my parents wouldn’t let me drink. So, I was devastated. All I could do was read, and I read, and I read. And I’d read something like, you know, ‘Subtle hints of cassis. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I do not believe that people want to work hard enough, and they want to find the quick Twitter, SEO. Anybody who’s obsessed with SEO has lost already, period. I believe that firmly. – Gary Vaynerchuk

A broad trend I’m completely obsessed with is mobile commerce. Like completely. I’m completely convinced that everybody’s going to be buying from their mobile devices. Whoever can claim that space or be in that space, I’m very interested in. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Bordeaux would be naive not to recognize that Robert Parker was driving the brand equity. If the next generation doesn’t care about Chateau Pichon-Lalande, then you have a problem. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I definitely think there’s some way to understand how people emotionally feel about somebody, but I don’t think data collects it. They’re not going to click your bit.ly link or click your TweetMeme retweet every time. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

I have Internet fame. Real fame is more intense. – Gary Vaynerchuk

My natural inclination to be improv rather than an educated character serves me well. – Gary Vaynerchuk

VaynerMedia filters the world how humans interact. This is how people are going to make buying decisions. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I hate recording all the shows for the week in one day, because I want to be able to mention current events and pop culture. If Madonna punches Britney in the face today, I want to reference that on ‘Wine Library TV’ tomorrow. Monday’s episode is always the best, because it’s hot off the press. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I don’t know how you can justify leaving any engagement behind in the social Web of 2011. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The first thing I ever invested in was Twitter. Blaine Cook, former CTO, was leaving the company and asked me if I wanted to buy his stock. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The Loire Valley is grossly underestimated. The prices are fair, and the wines are real. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

I want to sit with 80- and 90-year-old people more than anyone. They have played this game before. Not one of them has told me, ‘I wish I had more money.’ – Gary Vaynerchuk

The thing that I’m most passionate about, I’m writing a book called ‘Jab Jab Jab Jab Jab Right Hook,’ and it really focuses on how to story-tell in a noisy, ADD world. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I went online with winelibrary.com in July of 1997; that was my first professional online play. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Winelibrary.tv was about building personal brand equity. It was a business move. Now, it was totally surrounded by a passion for wine, but I very much gave a lot of thought to doing a sports-video blog instead. – Gary Vaynerchuk

You didn’t grow up driving…you figured it out. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Company culture is a religion, not a sermon. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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

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

Market like the year you are in. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I spent all my time in the clouds or the dirt and that is why I think I’m successful – Gary Vaynerchuk

Keep saying hello to people. They will be the differentiator for you for the rest of your life. – Gary Vaynerchuk

I have as big of an ego as it gets, but I have, stunningly, a lot of humility considering some of the accomplishments I’ve had. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Beaujolais is so underrated. – Gary Vaynerchuk

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