Have I mentioned yet that I'm a Gary Vaynerchuk evangelist? Look, when you find a leader who has the experience and honesty to put himself on display as an example, let people pick him apart, then openly share what he learned, and that leader happens to speak the same language as you, you listen. And once you can identify that those ideas work when you put them to work, you tend to get a little excited about that. So, yes, I bring to you another Gary Vee video.
A powerful leader in both business and financial services, Walt Bettinger is the current CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, where he has served in the role since 2008. He has been awarded many honorable distinctions in his career, including selection in 2014 to Fortune magazine's Businessperson of the Year listing, in 2010 to the Power 30 by Smart Money magazine of the world's most powerful and influential players; the 2009 lifetime achievement award for contributions to the retirement security of working Americans by Plan Sponsor magazine and receipt by Tiburon Consulting of a 2012 Tiburon CEO Summit award. But today, I want to focus on the real lesson he can teach: finding the heart of humanity.
For those of you who grew up in the 80s, one of the biggest names from your childhood is the infamous Mr. T. From B.A. Baracus to Clubber Lang, and all of his amazing cameos and his entertaining wrestling career, Mr. T. (Laurence Tureaud) has become an icon of machismo. However, he's also known for something else of greater significance. He has spent his entire life portraying characters that deliver a positive message to the viewer. If his characters aren't themselves the positive role model, as in the case of Clubber Lang in Rocky III, they were only present if the movie provided a positive message. His lifelong dedication to living an inspiring life is incredible.
I may have mentioned this guy before, but if you haven't payed attention to him yet, I haven't mentioned him enough. Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the most intelligent and insightful entrepreneurs in the world today. When he speaks, it's usually golden. Today, without much commentary, I want to bring you 45 minutes of gold from his interview with Will Cain of The Blaze. It's so big a jackpot I can't even describe it.
Sometimes, as entrepreneurs, we can spend a lot of time trying to create an image that reflects something we aren't. It becomes a bit of a curse to keep up a false face in order to avoid offending others. That's why I'm bringing you this neat little interview courtesy of Entrepreneur Magazine. It's an interview with the highest-paid action sports star ever, and one of the most successful celebrity-turned-entrepreneurs ever. Tony Hawk gives us some great advice on success without abandoning who you are.
If you've ever watched Shark Tank, you know who Mark Cuban is. However, he's more than just a wealthy investor. He's the guy who started Broadcast.com (which sold to Yahoo in 1999), the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and the owner of Magnolia Pictures. He's also an incredibly astute businessperson, and worth learning from. Today, we'll look at his 12 rules for startups. They apply to both those looking to start a company, and to those looking to work for a startup. These come from his book, "How to Win at the Sport of Business", and we've broken them down for you. Have a read.
Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the strongest leaders in the business world today. His understanding of what it takes to be successful is intense, and his level of experience is a terrific wellspring to draw from. About a decade ago, he "blew up" in the public scene and began doing interviews all over the place. Then the infamous phrase was used: overnight success. Want to set a successful person off? Call them an overnight success. Here's what Gary has to say about that point in life.
If you don't know who Dwayne Johnson is, you may have been living under a rock for the past few years. As a tremendous athlete, charismatic personality, and one of the highest paid action stars in Hollywood today, he's definitely on everyone's radar. But it's the story of how he got there that we're interested in. When he began his quest, he had $5 in his pocket (as he so famously tells people). Here's the story of his focus and determination.
There will be times in your business life where you will have to choose between profits and principles. Those times will make you feel terrible. They will push your boundaries. They will give you anxiety. They will challenge you. And they will make you feel like you have no good options. Todays leader will teach us that it's more important to hold on to what you believe is right. In the end, your clear conscience will be worth far more than the dollars you could have made.