By Roadtrip Nation

Gary Vaynerchuk



My road in life has been direct.
I was born in the Soviet Union, in what today is Belarus, and immigrated to the U.S. when I was three years old.
Grew up in a studio apartment in Queens, New York alongside eight other family members and later moved to Edison, New Jersey.
I started being entrepreneurial at six years old—I operated a lemonade stand franchise, shoveled snow, traded baseball cards, and more.
Attended the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst where I received my bachelor’s degree.
After graduating college, I took over my family’s retail wine business, re-named it the Wine Library, and began selling their products online—grew the business from $3 million to $60 million a year.
In 2006, I started Wine Library TV, a daily video blog on YouTube covering all things wine—its success helped launch my massive online following.
I left the family business in 2009 and with my brother started VaynerMedia, a social media–focused digital agency, that is now a multi-million dollar company.
As a serial entrepreneur, I own multiple media and lifestyle companies but I am also a speaker, author, and vlogger/podcaster for the #Dailyvee and #AskGaryVee shows.
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Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

I am a serial entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, speaker and internet personality.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

More than anything, an entrepreneur has to be able to deal with rejection. Knowing how to deal with adversity is super crucial. To a certain extent, you also have to love losing. Utilize the tools that social media has available. Understand how you communicate best (written, video, audio, etc.) and use the tool that works best for your skills. Be kind and respectful, but always tell the truth (even if it might come off as brutal).

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

People tend to freak out when they get to 18-20 years old because they think they have to have everything figured out. You don't. You have plenty of time to get it together. Take this time to explore and find the things you like and are good at. You can focus and double down on those things later in life.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're a failure."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
School Stress

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