05.15.20 | Timestamp @23:16 | How to Turn Your Struggle Into Your Strength
Andrew’s Question or Topic
Andrew started his social media marketing agency 5 years ago and transferred over to e-commerce after achieving success. Throughout his career, he realized that he wanted to mentor and speak to people. Therefore, he is looking forward to creating his personal brand. But Andrew struggled with Heroin addiction when he was about 18-23 years old. And he is wondering how his story would affect his credibility.
Gary’s Story and Advices
Andrew’s backstory gives him more credibility because he was able to overcome his challenges in life. It serves as his main weapon to inspire other people to become better versions of themselves.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s Quotes
“Whoever thinks negatively, is somebody you don’t want in your community. It’s somebody you who doesn’t understand it’s a disease. And it’s casting judgment without any knowledge of how the game is played.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“Don’t worry about it (addiction) as your stigma, when it’s your strength.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“Our society is wildly forgiving. And stigma is actually our strength. But most people think it’s their demon, and it’s not. It is their strength.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“Shadows are heavy. Shadows/secrets slow you down.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“People need to put out their stigmas to the world because their secret is sabotaging their upside. They have to overthink their every move because they haven’t exposed their stigma.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“Everybody’s got sh*t. And you are a hero to break through it (Heroin addiction). Not the other way around.”
~ Gary Vaynerchuk