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#QOTD: How many dreams do you remember in the morning?





There is nothing the DMV can do to improve their situation. Let me explain why. Because they are run by the state. So, it's political. They won't fix it. The only way to fix DMVs is the privatize them and let entrepreneurs run them. They, for a change, will actually care about the customer. Employees will care, because they would have incentives. Maybe they would even put Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts inside of the DMVs, to make more money on the rent.

Basically, privatized DMVs would innovate. Care. Give a crap. All the things that government industries don't do because it is not in their best interest. The people that can't innovate and can't win in a competitive landscape default to having terrible careless services. 

I don't want to be a hardcore capitalist on this issue, though. But I really don't know. If you don't incentivize humans somehow to do the right thing, you can't win. AND...more and more, in a digital world, it's become easier to do that. There is no excuse any more. There are alternatives. 

Direct download: AGV_95_Podcast.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

#QOTD, 1: Are you coming to Episode 100 on Monday, March 18th?! If not, why??

#QOTD, 2: If you love root beer, what is your favorite root beer?






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Category:business -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

#QOTD: How do you celebrate victories?


Congratulations to Anthony DeNardis! You won a jersey. Email India to claim your prize.

Direct download: EP_93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

#QOTD: Who will win the Stanley Cup, and who will win the NBA finals? I need both answers. If someone gets both, you get a prize. I'm in prize mode. I'm Oprahed-out.


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Category:business -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

#QOTD: What is your favorite football team and who do you want your team to pick in this year's draft? 

Want to win a jersey from me? Make the right pick in the comments section and I just might send you one :) 



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Category:business -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

#QOTD: I need YOUR eBay story. Go in depth. I'm reading all the comments this weekend.

1:39 - Will people pay to have questions answered by experts through live video apps, like Fountain?
4:59 - What 3 questions do you most commonly ask your clients when meeting them for the first time?
8:31 - 3 seconds counting as a view for Facebook video...moderately misleading metric or incredibly bullshit metric?
10:12 - What's your best piece of advice for a first generation American entrepreneur, venturing out on her own, away from her family business?
12:40 - Do you think eBay will become irrelevant if they don't innovate? 

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People will pay for anything...if they perceive it has value. If there was an #AskGaryVee Show in 1967 and I got a question like this, I'd say something like "Hey groovy cats, it's the AskGaryVee Show. Dawn, your question is like asking if people will pay for water. No way!" That would be the WRONG answer. What happened was that Poland Springs, and probably a lot of brands before Poland Springs, came along and convinced people that bottled water had value. Here's a fun weekend activity: go ask your grandparents what they thought about the idea of people paying for water. 

In fact, think about how you feel. A $4 bottle of water in an airport? We've all done it. It's an absolute brain twist.

So yes, people will pay for answers from experts on live streaming apps. Even though you can watch now for free, people will stay end up paying down the road.

Now the question is: are you good enough to charge people? Have you built up equity? Have you put in the WORK?

And more importantly, how many people have built up that presence and have the charisma and ability to charge per answer. 

The people that have pulled it off have had to be in an interesting part of their career, or they really enjoyed it. I love Q&As so much that I do this show for me. Do you have the chops to make it happen for you?

Direct download: episode_90_podcast.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

#QOTD, from Suzy Welch: In our book we make the case that the place you should be working is something we call your "area of destiny." It's the intersection of what you're uniquely good at and what you love to do. How many of you feel that you are currently working in your area of destiny?

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How important is failure? The failure has to be quantified. If you fail and then can never get up from it again, that's not a good kind of failure. Failure and adversity are the two things I think about. For me, as an entrepreneur, all my failures along the way have been a lesson. I'm even thinking back to when I attended my first baseball card trade show. I bought a table at 13 for $400 and nobody showed up. That was a lesson. Those micro failures were super super important. But it also depends on your stomach. If you really go out of business, people can go one of two ways. Either they're just finished and they're never able to get off the mat, or they go in a different direction. So to me, quantifying the failure is important.

Direct download: EP_89_podcast.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

#QOTD, PART 1: Would you "televise" anything on Meerkat or Periscope consistently?
#QOTD, PART 2: How much time in a 24-hour day would you allocate to watching something live on one of those platforms?

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What do I think about Disney investing in the Magic Band, and the future of wearable tech in general? You know the answer. This is an interesting question because this is the kind of future that is inevitable. Smart, wearable technologies is going to eat up the world. Everything in the world will be smart. All of it. ALL of it. Your shirt. Your pants. Your underwear. Your socks. It's all coming over the next ten to twenty to thirty years.

It allows things that are physical to go so much further in the digital world. The layering and ammo that this gives Disney in that upfront investment is extraordinary. The recall, the content pushing out, the unlocking new virtual features - all of a sudden now, they have the ability to change the flow of the park. One of the things that I am most fascinated by right now as a retailer is efficiency. Efficiency everywhere. In an airport, an amusement park, or a retail store. Where do you know there are always going to be congested areas? Then, where are the places people just aren't going? Now imagine slapping some technology on a rock all the way in left field that requires people to go there. Now you're moving people there, making less lines. People are buying more food; even a fourth of a hot dog adds up to a lot. 

Those are the things you need to be thinking about. The Apple Watch is going to be a game changer whether it is successful or not. I do have one on pre-order, and I think that buzzing on your body that saves you time (and you know how I feel about time) from looking at your phone is super huge. If it clicks the way the smartphone did, you'll start having people at scale with it. The watch.

Look at it for your business if you produce stuff. As an investor, I'm looking at companies getting involved in it.

Direct download: EP88_exports_podcast.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

What would you say is the the biggest obstacle to your success right now? A lack of time? Maybe a lack of capital? Or maybe a lack of good employees?

Nope. All wrong.

The biggest obstacle to success is a lack of optimism.

I’ll back up.

The fact that people go straight to any other answer is the problem in itself. Money and time are, of course, difficulties. When I started WineLibrary, I had time but we didn’t necessarily have the money. So it took more time. Today, I have the money, but boy do I not have the time. Fact is, though, that neither should ever be an excuse. They weren’t for me, and they shouldn’t be for you.

This is something I really need everyone to understand. No one should ever point to time or money as an obstacle. They are firmly in the excuses column, and I have no patience for that. I will never make an excuse. Everything that is a problem with me, everything I don’t achieve and everything wrong with VaynerMedia is my fault. I succumb to that, I respect that, and that’s how I think it should be. No excuses. Even more so, you shouldn’t let yourself have patience for excuses either. Train yourself to believe this, and you will see amazing results. No joke. There will always be problems, and you need to get out of the mindset that they are obstacles because you should already assume they will be there. They’re just part of the path, my friend.

Because guess what? There are about a million other things that could stop success in it’s tracks. The health and well being of your family. The world is changing. The media, bad coverage of you. I’m a human being, and I always wonder what would happen if I say the wrong thing. Any of these things could happen, but they are the same thing: excuses.

There are a million reasons why not, but there is one good reason why, which is this: you just have to persevere.

No matter what happens, it’s the way it is, and you have to keep going. And that is where the optimism lives. If you truly believe that you can do it no matter what, you’ve got this. The only reason you might bring up any of the previous excuses we talked about is because you DON’T believe, right? Do not let that kind of thinking ever get in the way.

So. You can pick time. You can pick money. Pick any one or two things that you think stop you from winning your game. But the truth is there are a million reasons. Get thicker skin. Build up your self esteem. To be able to get through, you need to have optimism. Every day is hard, and all you have to fight it in the end is yourself.

The music for this video is a song from the motion picture "Inception" titled "Time" ALL Music rights belong to Hans Zimmer and the studio behind the creation of this song. 

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Category:business -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

QOTD: Will you share my new video on facebook?

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Category:business -- posted at: 10:22am EDT