The GaryVee Effect

I’m calling it the #GaryVeeEffect… it’s what happens when Gary Vaynerchuk starts following you on Instagram.

I wish he just randomly stumbled onto my profile and was like, “Wow, this chick is amazing, talking about being an architect and raising her kids… I need to follow her!” Ha ha. Yeah right. As much as I wish everyone found me like that, it didn’t really happen that way.

How it really happened was, one Saturday morning in early May, I was listening to his podcast {The GaryVee Audio Experience}, while taking my daughter to gymnastics. In his intro, he randomly offered up a contest to WIN a trip to NYC and be on the podcast. I entered, and YAY a few days later I found out I won!

Funny thing happened the next day… Gary Vaynerchuk started following me on Instagram!

What?? Now it was REAL. I’ve heard him in the past talking to people he meets about following them on IG. They’d talk big, but he wanted to watch and see if they actually lived it! And now it was me he was following.

So, I tried to act normal. Ha ha ha ha! Act normal because someone totally famous- who I’m gonna meet (probably soon) is following me on Instagram!

What happened next? I couldn’t sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night, and waking up at 5:00 AM wide awake and wired with ideas and things I wanted to do. Since it was my first official week of vlogging, I recorded everything, so I have several middle of the night alarm clock photos and countless other middle of the night photos and video.

This went on for several weeks. My mind buzzing with ideas, and I was actually happy that I was getting less sleep and getting more done. It was like an invisible accountability partner… I called it The GaryVee Effect. It was an insane form of motivation.

I guess I just wanted to have something to “show” for myself by the time I met with him, and having the meeting date in place gave me a deadline. Granted, I’m a people pleaser and I had just started vlogging and barely started my business… I was going to have to work pretty hard to have anything to show! And then I found out we weren’t going to meet until the end of June (two months later) then it got bumped to September because the launch of Planet of the Apps.

As it turned out, I’ve had a good amount of time to explore starting my business and get a handle on vlogging. I’m finding my voice, figuring things out and am getting a little more sleep these days.

I’ll admit that some of the GaryVee Effect has worn off, but now that it’s almost September… it’s back ON baby. I love goals and deadlines — it’s in my nature to need the challenge, or the motivation to push myself. I’m super excited for our interview this fall, and the chance to sit down with Gary Vaynerchuk.

I got to meet him on my original interview date, in June. See it HERE on the VLOG. He is such an inspiring guy and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity.