A crazy week... Our Gary Vee trip

The past week has been pretty crazy... but testament to the power of taking action. It's said time and time again, but if you just do things you never know where it will end up. This is a reason why one of my favourite sayings is that 90% of success is just showing up.

Back in March me and Helen decided, whilst driving to a client meeting, to attend the Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerWorld, event in London. The tickets left weren't cheap and it would have been very easy for us to make the decision not to go. However, little did we know that trip would end up with us flying to New York to appear on the #AskGaryVee show. We couldn't in a million years have forecasted this outcome but with action, optimism and a little bit of luck this is what happened.

How we ended up on the #AskGaryVee show

At the brilliant VaynerWorld event, created by Raj Kotecha, we bought five VaynerChocs which were entries into a raffle raising money for bowel & cancer research. The raffle was initially for a signed VaynerWorld canvas but in true Gary Vee style he spiced up the prizes with his own twist... including the top prize of the night which is what we ended up winning. There were 500+ people at the event all desperate to win that prize, and we won it.

The trip

Most of the trip was spent Cafe surfing to different cafes with wifi until it was obvious we outstayed our welcome to make sure we could continue delivering work for our clients whilst away. But for a couple of hours of the trip we were given a tour around VaynerMedia's impressive offices by Garrett Green and Scott Butler. They gave us an excellent insight into the inner workings of this hugely successful agency and the great culture that they have built. Garett and Scott really were a testament to the company and what VaynerMedia stands for.

We were then on the show alongside internet celebrity, Jake Paul, who boasts an extremely impressive resume at the age of just 19 years old. We got to watch Gary answer questions sent in from his audience in the flesh and the opportunity to talk a little bit about Winbox, as well as ask the question of the day to the viewers of the show (or request.. watch the show below).

A surreal experience

The whole experience was quite surreal and it has only really hit home sat in the airport watching the show go out live on Gary's hugely popular Youtube channel. We've already had a number of emails and tweets and the sun hasn't even risen yet in the UK (at time of writing).

The lesson

The real lesson here is just take action and do things. Make a sound plan and execute it to the best of your ability. Obviously, you have to work within your means but if you have the opportunity to go somewhere, just take it and see what happens. It's far too tempting to stay in your comfort zone or sit at home and watch Netflix. Be a doer and see where it takes you... I know this experience has taught me to be much more adventurous and proactive with my endeavours... and hopefully lady luck will pay us a visit again in the future.

Yours in business!

Marc Woodland