I met Gary before he hit it big time, back when he was talking to small crowds. He wasn’t pushing his “grind” bullshit (that I think is highly dangerous since most people couldn’t and shouldn’t keep up with his pace) or getting hoots and hollas from all the cussing in his presentations. He was down to earth. He was super likeable. And you could tell, he really cared about helping.
But the ego loves attention and the more he got, the more he changed. I ran into him years later at a huge event and only saw a glimmer of his old self. However, I will say, he spent hours after the event standing and talking to anyone who wanted to talk to him. He stood there and talked until the line had dried out. And I respect that.
We live in a world where people don’t think for themselves so they love those who will tell them what to do, what is right. Gary V did a great job building his own brand but his advice was rarely applicable to the everyday person trying to build something.
But he only became who he is now because so many fell at his feet — like so many others.
We need to stop putting people on pedestals they can’t sit on. We have to stop looking to others to motivate us. And we definitely have to stop putting our lives, careers, relationships, etc in the hands of anyone else.
We have that knowledge inside of ourselves, if only we’d be still and quiet enough to listen.
Gary V isn’t “bad” because of Gary V, he’s “bad” because he’s human and can’t live up to the hype. We gave it to him. We give it to so many.
Think the finger should be pointed in the other direction.