Yes Sir! God’s Grace & How it Connected Me with Gary Vee
On July 31st, I was doing what I usually do in the morning; aimlessly tweeting. Sending out at least ten tweets an hour. I had almost been ready to put my phone away when I had the craziest idea. What would happen if I were to tweet at Gary Vaynerchuck (Gary Vee) multimillionaire entrepreneur and businessman?
He has a talk show he hosts called “Tea with Gary Vee” and he gives career advice to anyone regardless of what field they’re in. So, at 11:36 in the morning, I simply tweeted, “I wanna talk to @garyvee one day.” Within fifteen minutes, he had responded and agreed to have me on his show. I didn’t know it then, but my life was about to change for the better.
Next week! @virtuallyzain
— Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) July 31, 2020
I got in contact with his social media manager Zain who then asked me what I had planned on asking Vee during the talk. I was dumbfounded and I had no idea I’d make it this far. It was an easy answer though, simply ask him about my journalism career and what specific steps should I take to make the most of it. Seeing it as an acceptable question, Zain set the date for the following Thursday and I was excited as ever. In less than a week, I was about to talk to a celebrity I positively looked up to. God is good!
On the morning of August 6th, I woke up optimistic as ever. After praying with my dad, I got ready to talk to the Gary Vee. Once I had my set up ready to go, it was only a matter of time. We got familiar with how the process was supposed to go and the other guests and I were ready. After a few others, it was my turn. What followed after is only explainable by the grace of God.
One of the things that initially caught Gary Vee’s attention was my manners. I greeted him with a simple “How are you sir?” It came naturally really, that is how I was raised. From that point on the conversation unrolled. I explained to Vee that I was a communication major and I am just trying to find my way through it all. After learning that I already had already begun two unpaid internships, Vee reassured me and relayed that I was on the right track and I just needed to keep pushing to my goals.
In his words, “Oh 100! And you love Christian Hip Hop too? Then you’re double winning!” He then gave me his email to reach him personally and presented to me another writing opportunity with his online magazine, One37pm. Hearing the legend himself tell me that I was on top of my game while adding to my pot was honestly a dream come true.
After the conversation, both of the social media pages that I mentioned gained a substantial number of new followers. I couldn’t believe it. I just had a one on one with Gary Vee and now the people I am connected with were able to benefit as well. God was doing His thing and I was here for the ride. But it wasn’t over, in fact, it was just the beginning.
Shortly following the conversation, people began to reach out to me with abundant opportunities and congratulations. Before I knew it, I was addressed by dozens as the “Yessir Man.” I didn’t know how to respond, so I simply just thanked them and pointed them back to Christ. That is what I was raised to do after all. I’m still in awe and am forever thankful for Gary Vee and all he has done for me. Since then his team has posted the video on his @teamgaryvee page on Instagram and on his main page @garyvee.
Thank you so much, Gary Vee, and God is ALWAYS good.