Gary Vee: How Lewis Howes Is Crushing It

Lewis Howes, like a lot of people, endured the biggest heartbreak of his life when he slammed into an arena football game wall, snapping his hand and never was able to recuperate.  Having thought football was everything to him, he felt his life was over.  He was depressed and living on his sister’s couch – free of rent.

Back in 2008, when even students, like me, got hit hard due to the economic collapse, it was impossible for him to get an opportunity.  He was then introduced to Linkedin, and he just wanted to be around people who were successful and those who can inspire him.  Somewhat similar to Lisa Nichols’ story (born and raised in south central L.A. and ultimately made a decision that she would learn what people at a conference nearby were learning).

When he started learning about the possibilities of Linkedin, he began increasing his profile, which then lead to him meeting big influencers. He started hosting events, charged door fees, and he ultimately pocketed 2k per month and moved out of his sister’s home.

“I think because I came with energy and passion, I attracted opportunities. I attracted people to come to these events. I became passionate about teaching, because no one else was talking about LinkedIn the way I was. I made it fun when LinkedIn is very boring for a lot of people.”

Excerpt From: Gary Vaynerchuk. “Crushing It!.” iBooks.

See, this just resonates with me to the core.  I have to share a story that just recently happened in terms of energy.

My student, who lives in a gated community, goes biking in the evenings.  He sees a man normally, gazing off in the lake before his wife comes behind him – hugging him.  He told me anytime he feels amazing, he sees the man.   If he has feelings of negativity, he never sees this particular individual.

He made something fun that was considered boring.  Ring a bell? That’s right.  The majority of Thai students in Thailand find English learning boring, but I make it fun, separating myself from the majority of foreigners.

He would talk to these business people, asking them what’s the biggest challenge you have in your company right now? He would then point in the direction of graphic designers, artists, other people of specific professions to help these individuals.  He was a connector.

He approached bars and restaurants and always asked himself the question, “how can I make this particular thing valuable for them?”

The hustle ensued, the door money began to go up, then boom! – just like that he was making a million.

2008-2010 was the absolute golden era.  I remember watching YouTube videos back on 2008, and my sister would watch this YouTube kid who would make funny videos.  Forgot his name, but if he’s still making videos today, he now earns millions.  That’s without a doubt.

People pinpoint this 2008 as being the worst time ever, but it was the transition phase to something so open for just about everything to put their hands into.


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