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Over the past 4 years, my views on education have really changed. During this 4 year span, I began expanding my world view by reading books and watching Ted Talks by some of my newly found mentors. The first of those people I discovered was Gary Vaynerchuk.

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If you are unfamiliar with Gary Vaynerchuk, Gary is an influential entrepreneur who understands how to use the internet to market and build businesses. Gary Vee as he is known has written books on marketing with social media, speaks as a key note speaker, and runs successful businesses.

So how did Gary Vaynerchuk help shape my view on education?

Gary has spoken candidly about being a young entrepreneur and how school wasn’t a good fit for him. Check out his video on his up bringing here.

This really made me think about my students and how many of them were just like Gary. They struggled with grades, but yet had so many strengths in other ways. Yet, we, as in the school system, often looked down upon them because they had missing assignments, failing or almost failing grades, and often seemed like their were unmotivated by the work…. which they most likely were because it didn’t appeal to their interests or strengths.

Gary Vaynerchuk hosts a Q and A show called #AskGaryVee where he takes questions from viewers via social media or call ins. (Seriously, if you are at all interested in starting your own business or want to know more about how to build your current business, then I recommend you check out his show here.) I decided to ask Gary a question about how we as teachers could create a thank you type economy in our schools despite curriculums and government mandates. My question actually made it on his show… #74 at 4:03. Check it out below to hear Gary’s response. I remember I was so geeked to make his show.


Not only did my question make his #Askgaryvee Show, but my question also made his book, #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s View on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness. The book is comprised of questions that were asked on his show. I found this book even more useful than his other books. You can check it out here.

Here’s another #AskGaryVee episode where another teacher asks about education.


Check him out….

Gary Vaynerchuk’s view on life, business and self-awareness continue to teach and inspire me. If you haven’t heard of him yet, I strongly urge you to check out his YouTube here along with his website here.

Oh and if you are serious about doing that thing you love and creating your own business, then I also recommend Gary’s other books.

Crush it: Get your own copy here.

Jab, Jab, Right Hook. Get your own copy here.

Thank You Economy. Get your own copy here.

***Gary, if by chance you are reading this, I took your advice to heart. I left public school teaching and I started this blog and social media accounts about documenting my journey with my kiddos as we begin using  natural learning and self-awareness to help them discover their passions and life purposes. My goal is to inspire them to become problem solvers and build careers around their passions and strengths. I’m creating my content on how to use natural learning to support all children in and outside of the system by offering my expertise in the area of education and sharing what I do with my children. Thank you for your advice. Much Love!

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