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12 Questions for Gary Vaynerchuk

We challenged Vaynerchuk--co-owner of wine retailer Wine Library, CEO of the social-media strategy firm VaynerMedia, and (he's set on it) future owner of the New York Jets--to speak freely. Not a problem.
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What company do you not want to start but wish someone else would?
A competitor to World Wrestling Entertainment. Vince McMahon is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, but WWE's not striving for the kind of innovation it's capable of.

The biggest myth in business is...
That one person can't will a company to victory.

What's your theme song?
"Everyday I'm Hustlin'," by Rick Ross.

Describe your power outfit.
Nike Airs, jeans, Demario Davis No. 56 New York Jets jersey.

Who gives you the best advice?
My intuition. One of my biggest flaws is I don't take advice.

What have you sacrificed for success?
Family time and leisure. That's all. I don't want to see things. I have no interest in going to Egypt and seeing the pyramids. I'm just not that kind of dude.

What's the most embarrassing thing you're willing to admit here?
I peed my bed until I was 12.

If you could time travel, where would you be right now?
Exactly where I am. I'm shockingly hungry and wildly content.

What's the best part of the day?
Waking up. It's so cheese. But the best part of my day is something different every day. It's having a chance to do all those things every day that matters, so, really, it's waking up.

Which TV or movie character would you like to go into business with?
Richie Rich. I'm 37 and really ambitious about buying the New York Jets someday. Richie Rich had lots of dollars and seemed like a pretty chill guy to get them from.

What's your favorite local business?
Paul Molé Barber Shop, on the Upper East Side. I like my barber, Michael. We talk.

If you were to start your own political party, what would the platform be?
Bringing America fiscally back to its hardworking hustle of generations ago, while socially bringing America to the future.

Here, Vaynerchuk talks at length about success, family, social media, his obsessions, and much more.




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