VeeCon 2023: My Favorite Moments From Gary Vee’s Super Conference

Gary Vaynerchuk’s Veecon 2023 just came to an end and it was incredible!

Three words to describe Veecon would be, energetic, inspiring, and Community-driven (okay technically 4 but this is my blog so I make the rules)

There were hundreds of speakers and thought leaders from all over the world. Speakers like Daymond John, Jesse Itzler, Jessica Alba, Guy Raz, Tim Tebow, Eric Thomas, John Taffer, Deepak Chopra, Scooter Braun, Randi Zuckerberg, and many MANY other high-level speakers were in attendance.

Then there were headlining entertainment performances from Busta Rhymes, Andrew Schulz, and Jordin Sparks, it was nothing short of amazing.

Below are the biggest personal takeaways I got from the conference and the amazing Veefriends community.

1. Embrace Your Authenticity and Self-Worth

 Be you, no one can take away your spirit and passion you have for things. In order to get what you want, you must be willing to face criticism, negativity, resistance, adversity, or obstacles. If you face resistance, it likely means you’re on the right path. The words you speak really matter. When you speak to yourself wether out loud or internally, make sure you’re fueling yourself versus being your own worst critic. Be good to yourself. Understand the power of embracing your true self and valuing your own worth. Recognize that your unique voice and perspective have a significant impact on your life and those around you.

2. Overcoming Fear and Embracing Alternatives

Change your perspective on fear and anxiety. And so what if you lose? Do you think the world is going to end? Just be happy to be here in this situation. There are so many more alternatives, and you are fortunate enough to be here right now, experiencing this moment. Embrace a mindset that allows you to conquer fear, embrace new possibilities, and find gratitude in the present moment.

Veecon 2023 was a blast!

3. Embrace Opportunities with Courage and Resilience

 Those who ask for what they want and are brave enough to put themselves in a position to succeed experience the most amount of opportunities. The universe will provide to those who put themselves out there and face the resistance head-on. Step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and seize opportunities with courage and resilience.

4. Authenticity as the Path to Meaningful Success

 In order to build something meaningful and true to you, something you see as important or helpful, and also live a life of purpose, authenticity is key. Those who consistently put out content in a field they know and love are the ones who see the most success. Embrace your authenticity and share your passion and expertise with the world to achieve meaningful success. People like to trust and follow those who are confident in themselves and know who they are at their core.

5. Seek Support and Adaptability

Life is much easier when you have a spotter to help you with the weight if you’re struggling or can’t go any further. Life is hard enough, don’t make it harder by going through it alone. Sure you might “make it” but at what cost? Having a great network is a key ingredient to see exponential success since everyone is bringing their own perspective to the table. To that point, you must Adapt or die. Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and it’s our job to stay ahead of the curve before we get left in the dust. Surround yourself with supportive individuals and remain adaptable in the face of evolving technologies and circumstances.

gary vee's veecon focused on building a network
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6. Replace Excuses with Responsibility and Ownership

 When John Taffer spoke at Veecon, he made a point about eliminating excuses. He said that excuses are a reconciliation for failure. We try to reason with our failures by pointing out ALL the things that made success so hard in order to make us feel more comfortable. I took that as, Start replacing excuses with responsibility. We throw around excuses like candy, as if that gives us a free pass to not achieve what we want. Instead, if you take responsibility and ownership over your circumstances, you might actually be able to take control over the direction of where you want to go. Let go of excuses and empower yourself by taking charge of your choices and actions.

7. Believe in Yourself and Break Through Barriers

 Belief in yourself and your mission, backed by a desire to accomplish something, is how you break through barriers. Cultivate self-belief, trust in your abilities, and maintain a strong sense of purpose to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

8. Avoid Burnout and Nurture Well-being

Burnout stems from a lack of passion and lack of systems. If you truly believe in yourself, your vision, and what you’re doing, you won’t feel like you need to stop. Lack of love and belief leads to shiny object syndrome and the feeling like you need to jump to the next thing. Prioritize passion, establish effective systems, and avoid burnout by aligning your actions with your values and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Be where your feet are, there will always be more business to do tomorrow.

9. Cultivate True Happiness and Attract Abundance

True happiness is when you lower your expectations while simultaneously raising your presence in the moment. The world follows people who know who they are because people are attracted to confident individuals. Your bank account will reflect how you see yourself. Cultivate happiness by embracing mindfulness, self-acceptance, and confidence. Embodying these qualities will attract abundance and positive experiences.

10. Surround Yourself with Genuine Connections

At Veecon, Eric Thomas made an incredible point; Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated. You should look for a network of people who build you up, celebrate your wins, help you mitigate your losses, and work collaboratively to reach new heights. The only way you can find those people is by being true to yourself and putting up filters to attract who you WANT to be around.

In a world full of smoke and mirrors, the way to stand out is to be yourself and to be authentic. Foster genuine connections by seeking out spaces and relationships where you are valued and celebrated for who you are. By doing so, the right people will naturally cross paths with you.

veecon focused on spending time on things you're passionate about
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11. Manifest Your Desired Environment

  When you make it clear to yourself the types of people you do and don’t want around you, naturally, you will see your environment manifest. Define the qualities and values you seek in your personal and professional relationships. By setting clear boundaries and expectations, you will attract the people and circumstances that align with your vision.

12. Embrace Growth through Challenges

Lean in when things don’t make sense. If you lack understanding or feel resistance towards a certain area, lean into it. Our greatest experiences are when we move through areas of resistance and lean in more. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, lean into discomfort, and expand your understanding by pushing through obstacles.

13. Show Compassion and Understanding

 Deploy compassion towards those who are hurting. There’s likely a reason they’re feeling the way they are feeling. Cultivate empathy and understanding towards others’ struggles and emotions. By showing compassion, you can foster a supportive and caring environment for yourself and those around you.

veecon focused on supporting and helping other entrepreneur's succeed
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Veecon 2023 Conclusion

 As Veecon 2023 has come to an end, there are so many positive outcomes that have stemmed from the conference. If you’re going to the next one, or considering going, let me know so we can stay in touch!

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