On EP46 of the #AskGaryVee Show, from 1:23 to 3:08, Gary Vaynerchuk answers a viewer question about endurance.
A viewer asks “How many failures and punches to the face can a person handle before achieving success?”
Gary states that not everyone is an entrepreneur just because they call themselves one.
He states most people take one body blow — one failure, and retreat to the safety and security of a regular job. For most people, that is the path they should walk.
— Iwona Gruszka (@IwonaGruszka) November 23, 2014
Speaking as someone who has been punched in the face both literally and figuratively, hustling is hard. Experiencing true failure and rising from the ashes is hard. But having a hustle of your own means you have power that no one can take from you. Having a business of your own means you aren’t entirely dependent on someone else for survival.
We all fall somewhere on the spectrum between being a career employee and an all-out entrepreneur. But it’s the tenacity and refusal to give up that separates the two extremes.
I encourage you to learn how to (metaphorically) hunt your own food, run your own hustle, or build your own business. Otherwise you’ll always be at the mercy of someone else — waiting for them to give you a paycheck, a job, your very survival.
You’ll be surprised what kind of strength you possess if you’re not afraid of being punched in the face and getting back up again.