I spent the past few days visiting family in San Francisco after my Aunt had a pretty serious accident and was hospitalized for weeks prior. On my long drive up from LA, I listened to @garyvee's new book "Crushing it" and posted about it in my stories. I got a lot of questions on my thoughts, as well as a lot of your feedback.
Here's what I think; first and foremost I hugely respect Gary for his people first approach in business and in life. He leads with the idea that giving and serving is the only way to create meaningful connections that result in business growth and ultimately personal growth (which are one in the same). In a world where so many of us are inclined to ask for something before we give, it's a valuable lesson to learn.
He also talks a lot about tapping into your unique differences and seeing those differences as an advantage, not a disadvantage. For so long, a lot of us have tried to conform to what we see others doing to be successful. With the rise of social media, this has become even more apparent. I truly believe each one of us has something to offer - you just have to stop scrolling and double tapping long enough to look inside yourself for what that really is.
Lastly, where Gary and I disagree is his level of work ethic. Yes, I know whatever you're working towards will require a TON of hard work and dedication, sure. But, I don't agree with working 12 - 16 hour days, losing sleep, and foregoing a life outside of your passions even if they are your passions. Gary would say that I just don't want it bad enough or won't ever be that big but to me living a full life - even while you're creating something for the world - is a priority. I think focusing all of your efforts on creating the future of your dreams is a dangerous game to play. It takes away from the now - the people, places, and beauty that are present in your life today (that may not always be present). And honestly, who's to say you'll be here that long as well. Life is fragile, our health is fragile - don't take either of those for granted.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.