“Don’t take it personal. It’s just business.” How many times have you heard that statement? What about this one: “Leave your personal baggage at the door.” For decades, children and young adults have been trained to believe that emotions have no place in business.
Toughen up! Get out of your feelings or get out of the office. Those words of tough love been passed down for generations of successful people, but serial entrepreneur, author, and investor Gary Vaynerchuk is challenging that mindset.
What if we lived in a world where determination, ambition, and candor could coexist with empathy, kindness, and curiosity? What about a world where speaking direct and from the heart was respected and appreciated rather than scoffed at and undervalued?
Gary Vaynerchuk lives in that world, and he joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss his new book, Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success. It’s available right now and will introduce you to 12.5 ingredients of emotional intelligence that will push you to the next level in business, and probably in your personal life as well.
You’ve surely heard about NFTs having their day in the sun: check out Gary’s auctions at Christies. New to NFTs? Gary encourages anyone to spend 20 hours researching NFTs and the concept of digital ownership. Keep an open mind and see what this wave of the future can do for your life.
Some additional highlights from our conversation:
- In business, emotional intelligence matters more than most believe.
- When social media first surfaced, it was dismissed as nothing important. Eventually, the world woke up to its power, and the same is happening right now with the elements of emotional intelligence and digital ownership.
- Candor isn’t an excuse for meanness or rudeness. When delivered with kindness, it’s incredibly powerful. It’s not what you say but how you say it.
- Ambition and patience can coexist. You don’t have to choose between aggressively chasing your dreams and remaining open and patient with others.
- Once you decide that something is going to be bad, it’s going to be bad. Viewing the world with more optimism can bring more good things into your life.
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