Are you a Gary Vaynerchuk?

Have you ever met someone who is filled with passion and enthusiasm?  Passionate about their company, passionate about their job, passionate about their relationship,  or possibly passionate about their cause…  I mean real passion!  So much passion and enthusiasm you might think it’s too much!  This reminds me of one of the people I followed up with from LinkedIn this week.  Lisa Marshall a communication specialist, speaker, and at one time accused of being too passionate!  Lisa’s thoughts on this… “It is impossible to be too passionate”!  I have to agree with her!  Have you ever seen or heard Gary Vaynerchuk speak?  Did you have the thought “I wish I was as passionate as Gary Vaynerchuk”?  View a portion of this video with Gary Vaynerchuk speaking at Web 2.0 Expo this year.

Do you see the passion coming from Gary?  Do you feel his enthusiasm for what he is doing?  Are you thinking to yourself “I wish I was this passionate about something”?  The thought in your mind should not be I wish I was… It should be why not?  Why not live with the same passion and enthusiasm that Gary does?  What is stopping you from doing this?  The difference between living and believing with passion versus not is so dramatic!  People who have passion and enthusiasm are like magnets.  People want to be around passionate people!

Many times I have been told to tone down my passion and enthusiasm…  I admit at times I have thought this was some kind of flaw and for years I would always keep myself in check.  Now I realize this is one of my biggest assets.  I love to get behind something I truly believe in with passion.  Lots of passion!  You can be passionate about your job, company, product, spouse, or your favorite cause.  Find something in your life to be passionate about and then share with those around you.

So my last thought to you is if you have ever thought “I wish I could be as passionate as (fill in the blank), why not start now…  Passion is something you can turn on and turn off..  Passion is a love for what you are doing or what you believe in.  Passion is the one thing that will push you forward and keep you going, passion insures you reach your end goal.  Passion is one of the elements of those who achieve greatness and those who do not.  Passion is in you…  It’s in all of us…  We just need to recognize it, feel it, and let it run through us.

Follow Up: Lessons to Learn from Obama 08

In the past week there has been a lot of buzz on the presidential election.  Many reporters were trying to figure out when the country started turning to Obama.  Many times reporters would suggest different speeches, interviews, or statements by both Obama and McCain, stating one speech made the difference or this interview really changed things, or McCain’s comment during this interview is when things started shifting.

While some of this is true, I believe Obama became the President Elect for one main reason.  Obama created a tribe of followers and created many ways for his tribe to connect with their leader!  One extreme example of the connection difference between Obama and McCain is online.  Obama’s online presence can be clearly seen by looking at his website and more importantly his hub for Social Media can be found on his blog.  Below is a snapshot of how both Obama and McCain did in regards to a few of the Social Media sites:

Looking at Social Media Sites; According to Forrester Research, Inc.:


Obama: 2,379,102 supporters
McCain: 620,359 supporters
Obama has 380% more supports than McCain


Obama: Friends, 833,161
McCain: Friends, 217,811
Obama has 380% more supporters then McCain


Obama: 1792 videos uploaded since Nov 2006, Subscribers: 114,559 (uploads about 4 a day), Channel Views: 18,413,110
McCain 329 videos uploaded since Feb 2007 (uploads about 2 a day), Subscribers: 28,419, Channel Views 2,032,993
Obama has 403% more subscribers than McCain
Obama has 905% more viewers than McCain


Obama: @barackobama has 112,424 followers
McCain: @JohnMcCain (Not sure If this is real) 4,603 followers
Obama has 240 times more followers in Twitter than McCain

Obama’s activity in Social Media sites includes: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Twitter, Eventful, Linkedin, BlackPlanet, Faitbase, Eons, Glee, MiGente, MyBatanga, AsianAve, and DNC Partybuilder.  Obama created tribes within all of these social mediums.

You have to look at the last eight years to really see why this had such a huge impact.  According to Forrester Research, Inc., internet usage in the United States has grown 130.9% in the last eight years.  Of the 303,824,646 people in the United States the penetration rate for internet usage is 220,141,969 or 72.5%!

By using social media Obama created a way to communicate and follow up with his tribe.  Seth Godin’s new book Tribes talks a lot about how tribes work and the importance of a leader within the tribe.  Obama was the leader of a huge tribe of followers, fans, and most importantly voters.  Obama’s tribe showed up way before Election Day and when Election Day finally arrived it seemed the entire tribe made it to the polls!

So the question to ask yourself is: Are you doing everything you can to make it easy for your tribe to connect with you?