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6 Motivating Life Lessons From World’s Most Famous Belarusian And Self-Made U.S. Millionaire

Gary Vaynerchuk is undoubtedly an internet star. He was born in Belarus, moved to the USA and became an American serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized speaker. 

Having raised from rags to riches and millions following in Facebook and Twitter, Vaynerchuk willingly shares his story and secrets of success with others.

Here are some interesting facts and advice from the man, who is probably the most famous Belarusian in the world!

1. Self-esteem is the ultimate drug in life

Born in a Belarusian town of Babruysk in the former USSR, Vaynerchuk came to America with his parents. When he arrived in the U.S., his whole extended family lived in a studio apartment in Queens.

Today, the 41-year-old runs a multimillion-dollar 800-employee digital marketing company that he founded. The company’s clients include Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Budweiser, Toyota, Revlon and Unilever.

Vaynerchuk succeeded despite his humble beginnings and despite the fact that he was a D- and F-student in school. He attributes that success to his unshakable self-confidence.

I do believe that the people who care less about what other people think about them tend to have a better life. It’s just liberating,” said Vaynerchuk, speaking at the SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, on Friday, 10 March. “I genuinely believe that self-esteem is the ultimate drug in life.”

2. You can make money on a hobby

In college, Vaynerchuk put his family wine business online and increased sales from $3 million to $60 million in five years.

In the process, he taught himself about wine, became an expert, and launched a online show that became so popular, he appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”.

And on Ellen DeGeneres Show!

3. Insecurity is a killer – both in life and work

Gary Vaynerchuk has observed that those who care deeply about what people think of them suffer from unstopping anxiety.

That insecurity not only holds people back, it can pollute office culture, Vaynerchuk says.

“Insecurity is a killer. It leads to all the bads.”

4. Once you’re good at something, get loud

Living so publicly online – Vaynerchuk  has over more than 3.5 million fans on social media – means that one will hear a lot of people’s opinions about oneself.

That should not prevent one from being self-promotional.

“So if you feel good about who you actually are, you need to get loud. And if you don’t, fix your s—.”

5. Be passionate about what you do and start early

Vaynerchuk’s energy level seems so high that it looks like he can explode. He is passionate in everything he does, including getting others to be as pumped up as he is.

Interestingly, Gary was always like that. As a kid, sold flowers, ran a neighborhood lemonade stand and, as a teenager, made thousands of dollars in a weekend peddling baseball cards.

No wonder that the young man was motivated to work as hard as he could when he entered the family business and his earnings dropped from easy big money to $2 an hour!

6. Share what you have with others

Vaynerchuk, who became a self-made millionaire by 35, is now a mentor for others. In addition to running his marketing business, the entrepreneur publishes a daily vlog and hosts a show.

“I am trying to become the injection of audacity into the people that watch me that gives them the courage to jump into the pool that they are scared to swim in,” he says.

See also: 11 Young Belarusians Who Are Conquering The World Right Now


The text is based on CNBC’s article about Gary Vaynerchuk by Catherine Clifford.