Chasing HAPPINESS versus Chasing MONEY – Let’s Talk About It

Chasing HAPPINESS versus Chasing MONEY – Let’s Talk About It

– I don’t think there’s anything
wrong with chasing money. I just think that it’s usually the quickest way not to get it. (soothing music) Did you consider not going as rogue as quitting and going all in? Did you consider the practicality of 6:00 pm to three in the morning? – [Man] No. – I’m actually just curious. There’s no judgment or like, I’m only collecting data, because I’m fascinated
by the practicality of it and the fear that I have when people make. I want everybody to do what you did, if they can do it. And my fear is a lot can’t, and that there’s a more practical way than going from zero to 100, though some people have to go zero to 100, because if they’re half pregnant, they’ll never do it. It’s a completely
interesting matrix, right? – [Man] Gary, is it that
they can’t or they won’t? – Please, There’s a lot of things going on. I think first of all the reason
I push so much on judgment, is the biggest fear I have is that, he won’t because, you know, one of the things I found, when I look at them its
interesting, I’m like, “Oh, it’s good ’cause I
wonder how much he’s driving, “hyping him to get the team there.” Like, you need optimism and hype to jump. Guys kissing a girl or boy, jumping or riding a bike, going in a pool, I’ve become fascinated with these three events. As children because you
really look at it, it’s hype. Like I remember hyping
buddies in sixth grade be like dude you can kiss her. Like hyping, (group laughs)
like hyping. Or when looking at friends
or the hype I needed to like, I was scared shitless to swim, or ride a bike or like hype. Like taking a jump. You know, at the same token like, you know, like sometimes the
dude went in for the kiss and she rejected him, and
he was crippled a decade. (group laughs) You know a lot of people
will fail in business, and so I’m unbelievably, you thirty years ago, had
no choice, you had to jump. You do have a choice now, depending on the business you choose. If you open a health and wellness, if you open a gym, you physically gotta be there. You can’t, but if you’re doing content, or information or you can use content to set up a grand opening
that will win in three years. I’m just, it it’s asked
literally just for data of how you got there. The other thing I’m a big believer in is, getting people to not feel
like it’s a scarlet letter, if they lose. Something nobody talks about at all, is your scenario, you jump, it fails. You reset and go back, and
get a job in the craft that you had because of your resume. And you restart in four years from now. America’s pretty good at looking at losses in a positive way, compared to other parts of the world where it’s like a true
scarlet letter, death forever. But still even here you
know people don’t know when to go back from their jump because they don’t want
the loss on the resume. They made the big to do, “You’re gonna do it!” Now it doesn’t work, and what they do is they
triple down into debt, to look good in front of people. – [Woman] But, what of it did and you never jumped to find out? – You’re preaching! That I want. You’ve already done that. I’m actually talking about the next part, which is having the options to know that the game is super long. When you go from ice cold, when you go from never having a business to having a business, that’s like only asking me, I’m asking you to right now
qualify for Wimbledon in Tennis. It’s a lot harder than people think. You’re grown, you two are grown. I’m not trying to suppress by the way. I’m talking about the
practicality of options. I love that we live in a world, I’m trying to get people
to really understand how to win this. So much of my success is
completely predicated on not worrying about all my loses, which means at times, you know my great loses
are the things I passed on. Maybe I should’ve done Sharktank. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe not? I don’t think I should’ve done it. Not this late in, I think I’ll do my own thing. But I could like (mumbles). I mean I didn’t invest in Uber when I could’ve made four
hundred million dollars. I mean that’s a loss. But like all the things that
I’ve done are things that I can’t see what the outcome. Let me tell you how the Uber
thing might’ve not been a loss. On black and white paper
if I gave Travis the money, like I always was doing at that time, I would’ve made 300, 400
million dollars on paper. What if I had invested in Uber and that led me to giving a speech in India based on it, right? And I got hit by a bus and died. Like I don’t, people are just so… they don’t understand. I’m so happy right now. How can I possibly… You don’t know what
life’s going to bring you. Life’s complicated, and
way more matrixed out. And that’s why, I’m
gonna start pushing this. I said it for the first time
really heavily up there, like the ROI, winning in
life is happiness, not money. People are just so, you know? What I’m most happy and about, is if you just love the process. Loving the process, loving the debates in the kitchen. – [Woman] That’s not about
separating that though. – It’s great I believe you. I believe you your vibe seem good. I think that’s huge. To me, it’s time and talent. The reason I love hard
work, is it’s controllable. It’s hard for me to be
like, be more talented! (chuckles) You know like that seems like when people are like, “You push hard.” You know a lot of politically correct, over extreme European points of view, get mad at me. “Gary, it’s unhealthy, you can’t.” “Gary V, you can’t go to the
grave with all your money.” I’m like, “Dude, I’m not
talking about money.” And I don’t feel like
it’s work when I love it. Maybe you don’t like your job as much. – [Woman] Is it wrong
to be driven by money? – I don’t think I can judge anything. I think the question becomes
what the next thing is? To me it’s like… What? (faintly speaking) – Correct. Correct, but I also think that
people confuse the vehicle. So, I think people don’t
often get the right vehicle for their destination. You’re right; it’s a vehicle. Now my question is,
“What’s your destination?” And if you told me it was down the street, I’d tell you to fucking walk, not drive a Lamborghini. So I don’t think it’s
an evil or it’s wrong, I think people are confused
to why they try to amass it, and for what? Like how much do you wanna make? Its arbitrary. What’s it based on? Like, we have to unwind what’s
been pushed in our heads. You know, 20, 50, 70, Q, four, nine, six, what. To me my big one is, “Can I do what I want to do everyday?” I was doing that running the liquor store, and I was making 57. I was happy as fuck! I’m no more happy today, than I was at 22. I was pumped. I was on a mission to
build a family business so big so that everybody
on earth would always say I did the right thing
by my parents and the way they did to me. I don’t think there’s anything
wrong with chasing money. I just think that it’s
usually the quickest way, not to get it. I really believe that. I really do. I think when I watch people
that are driven by money, I see a lot of unhappiness and failure. It’s very common. I think the question is why? What do you need? And do you have a sense of that? Because by the way it evolves. What he needed at 24 is
different than what he needs now. And him and me. You know, so it evolves too. If we did the happy meter here, I promise you it’s the people that are doing what they wanna be doing. Like to me I couldn’t
explain to you enough and I have upmost empathy for the cynicism around this statement. It’s unbelievable how
much I don’t like money. I like the game. I love my game. I love the game of building shit. It’s why building you
know a legacy is the best ’cause its like triple
compounding valuable right? I love the admiration. I talk a lot about loving Rocky VI because he goes back
to not having anything. I talk about it a lot, it’s the same reason I was selling baseball cards on Saturday. I was selling baseball
cards on Twitter on Saturday for fifty bucks for a stack of cards. I love the game of growing. You know, like, to me the
best part is the beginning. I love the thrill of the chase. I wake up at six o’clock in the morning and go garage saling because there is nothing like pulling up literally, to this day I can’t replicate the high of going to a garage sale. Walking into a yard of junk and finding something for a dollar that I know I can sell on
Ebay for seventeen bucks is a bigger happiness high than closing a six million
dollar account for Vayner. And it’s not even close. That’s what I want for everybody because that’s how they get the 20. I believe that. I really do. So, I think the fear I
have with chasing money is its short term behavior. And it leads to a lot of negativity. Even for the people that achieve it. That’s why optimism more often works. You know, it does. But I do think you need to be thoughtful about the chasing the money thing. It will lead to a loss in the macro. I believe that. I could be wrong. But that is my official point of view. And I have watched it way too much. (soothing music)

Daniel Yohans

100 thoughts on “Chasing HAPPINESS versus Chasing MONEY – Let’s Talk About It

  1. Pick up Method says:


  2. NoCultist says:

    Who knows what's good or bad? We'll see.

  3. Josh Cothen says:

    I really like this format of your videos!
    Very effective and enjoyable with the music!
    Great job🙌🙌

  4. David Goliath Media Publishing says:


  5. Bern Bolo says:

    I am chasing happiness

    I spend too long almost all my life chasing money and wondering how my life would feel if I have money…..finally got money and realised I am miserable with it… I got too busy at work and got no friends.. of this moment, I am chasing happiness.. I want to make a thousand dollar in profit this year and take a month vacation in Singapore.. as a goal for next year and while on vacation…. I will try my best to be happy and appreciate life..

  6. Hamza Tlemçani says:

    What's the daily vee of this video please?

  7. Gilbert Chan says:

    the music though …..

  8. Mr. Best says:

    I've been chasing a legacy of being an ALL TIME GREAT educator, but have recently lost my passion for classroom teaching. I LOVE the high of helping people learn and become mentally stronger. I've been an elementary teacher for the past four years, but have a HUGE passion for health and fitness. I recently became an online fitness coach, but haven't seem any income yet (actually losing money each month). But I know the upside of my fitness passion can be enormous! Thoughts?

  9. SMDLiberals says:

    I love you Gary vee

  10. Giovanni Machado says:

    Awesome! Music is too loud

  11. MULTI TOONS says:


  12. Christopher Rodway says:

    I've just had another look at what I have been chasing — I have been chasing money. I am so much more than money. I am so much more than anything I can "get!" I am amazing and incredible and Infinite outside of money. Knowing that, I know that money will come to me.

  13. ohSpotty says:

    I love the game

  14. omar sayadi says:

    Chasing power

  15. SoccerBEAST says:

    I’m chasing happiness and confidence. I want to help others🙏

  16. Toilet Sharkz says:

    The best thing I have figured out so far is to tell something that you plan to do (i.e. a business you want to start or project you want to finish) to someone who you know, regardless of whether they care about your plan and then follow through with that. The effect of feeling obliged to someone else and then follow through with my plan gives me motivation to keep going, and not such a bad way to leverage the energy I get for the feeling of responsibility to committing to my words.

  17. Veni Vidi Amavi says:

    I love how he talked about life being complicated, and being hit by taxi, love the process. I love how he says true winning is happiness, I think being at peace is winning too. The most successful people I know are both content and at peace in their lives and have balance. Cool video.

  18. Jason Enz says:

    I'm chasing happiness, but I'll settle for just being content. It's hard to do what you love when you work 70 hours a week and if you miss one day your electric gets shut off that month or you don't eat that week. But I'm trying 🙂 won't give up till the day I day. Hopefully it works out before that lol

  19. Susan Brasel says:

    Great choice of music for this one….. really made the point…. and I loved the change!!!! Message ALWAYS good…. ALWAYS

  20. the Untrained Artist says:

    BRB logging into other accounts to hit the like buttons…

  21. Joshua Cruse says:

    what is this song?

  22. BeckoneZ says:

    I am A pro fortnite player, trying to have a life in the esports industry. I am only good at two things. Fighting, and playing games. And I don't want to have to do mma for a living. I am putting everything I have into this. And i'm losing. I feel like I take life way to serious rn. Just stressed out about everything. Hopefully I can make it with all the work I am putting in. I am trying to put in more though. The toughest part is finding good people to be around. Seems like I am too late in the games community to find people that want a solid team.

  23. Andrew Nall says:

    your energy is unbelievable

  24. Nick Z says:

    Track ID please……

  25. Alexandru Spasenie says:

    Man the words feel so real, I have to admit I'm influenced by this deliberately. I embrace this mentality.

  26. Lovee Singh says:

    Hey Gary, please come to India, you won't get hit by a bus and die

  27. Christian Theroux says:

    Well this just changed my Perspective!!! Was always chasing and looking for the money, dammmmm was I wrong!!! Let's be HAPPY!!! Thanks again!!!

  28. Outlign says:

    how you got this type prespective man 😍

  29. Harsh Chavda says:

    Until this video money…but now happiness…..

  30. Satvik Gupta says:

    What I am chasing for? Financial independence and to help my fellow citizens with their daily struggle of their life… In what ever way possible…

  31. Feel Oregon says:

    This is an amazing talk.. I for a ton of years chased the money and made more then I ever had. I finally realized all that I had missed in my kids lives so I quit and went to work for another company working half allot less hours but also making less. In a pretty short amount of time they moved me up the latter and I started tasting that money again. Over the last 9 months I’ve started doing something that has generated some income and I think it could be that way to generate a living but be something that gets me excited every day..

  32. Jess Moore says:

    THE GAME!! THE Chase! Love of the Craft! the Hustle! Love the haters, Love the Doubters! Love the 🤔 all way to 💰!! It’s 🔑 it fuels my inner 🦏 🔥💯 pushes me to the other side!! Self awareness, Knowing when to keep your 👀 on the Prize!! Put your 🕶 on and Go All in on “Yourself”! Write your ending, your directing the Movie of your life. What’s your happy ending?? How would YOU, tell the story of YOU? Live it! Create it! Own it! Like Gary V says” You Can’t Stop a Winner from Winning!!”

  33. Ryan Beck Fitness says:

    Thank you so much for this day!!

  34. Shourie Abbaraju says:

    So you think you're gonna get hit by a bus in India🤪

  35. FlagshipCrypto says:

    I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL – Adrian Trummer

  36. says:

    Wise words! Doesnt have so much money but happy and 370 milllion views helpign others with cars 😀

  37. Logical BAM says:

    I am not sure what I am chasing tbh. It's alright though.

  38. Rachit Rawat says:

    Hey Gary, i just got hooked onto your videos for last 12 hours straight. Until yesterday, i didn’t even know that someone like you exist. This is my first ever comment on any youtube channel, so it’s really special. I have never connected so intensely with any you-tuber or entrepreneur like this before.

    I will start with an opportunity to grab your attention, I am an entrepreneur with the passion and capability to build the next billion dollar business while still being a nice guy in town.

    I have a startup called, “PARTY HUNT”, an online platform to find nearby live-music events. I am on a mission to make everyone dance. It’s currently available only in Goa, India. I got 12k users from 90+ nations in first 4 months with almost no investment. I did everything, design, code, social media, finance, legal, sales, marketing, single-handedly with the help of few volunteers..

    You are tricking businesses to become more nice and i am bringing nice people together to create a business. We can speed up the process of bridging the gap between nice people and businesses to change the world inside-out by working from both ends. I would like you to become the angel investor of my startup. I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Thank you for your time to read this.

    Rachit Rawat
    Email ID: [email protected]
    App Link:

  39. Humortopic says:

    When you’re broke, money does fix your problems. You don’t have money to go to the hospital and heal yourself. You can’t afford a way to get to work. You don’t know if you’re going to be able to sleep in the same place the next day. It’s bullshit when people say money doesn’t provide happiness. I just turned 18, got hired at my first job. It’s not the best job at all. $11 an hour, 40 hours a week. I am chasing money so I can have happiness in my 20s. I want to travel & start photography. Chase your money to have happiness. It’s okay.

  40. Kasie_Barton says:

    Gary I love this! What made me smile was when the video cut out half way through to show an advert and the guys in the ad was being all zany and not himself at all, and then it cut back to you just doing your thing from the heart. Just really crystallised to me just how real you are and what a rarity that is. Love your work. Gary, I only discovered you a month ago and you've already helped me so much as a mum starting her first business after finding her confidence again. I wanted to thank you for that! x

  41. BPSN Live says:

    What we doing next Dutch ? …… MONEY

  42. Matthew Park says:

    I never see this man get over 100 dislikes

  43. Jonatha Galvan says:

    I'm chasing Freedom (and part of the time, by consequence some money, as the lack of it constrain some of your dreams and some of it allow more Freedom to achieve them) but make no mistake Money is just the "tool" I'll use on the path to live life as I want it to be. Money can either be a burden to you or a force/tool to help on your way, and it's frequently your choice. Freedom to live life as I want it to be, Freedom to maybe learn Japanese or write a book or Travel somewhere or build something (Just plain Freedom to live and experience and learn and evolve).
    And not so soon I realized that being financially dependable on my parents was crippling me (because somewhat of my own judgement, Should've watched your videos on that time @GaryVee haha) as I wouldn't do the things they wanted because I couldn't stand the boredom of it, and at the same time I wouldn't do the Things I wanted because I felt guilty I was not doing THEIRS while they paid me to do it. So building a little of self-awareness on the book Refuse to Choose (Barbara Sher) I decided to find a side job that would pay my bills and give me freedom of time, money and self-employment (Schedule) to be like "Master of my Fate". That year I started to learn the concept of Freedom Fund (Passive Income basically) and then I started to learn Day-Trading on the side-Hustle to achieve that. And after some months it grew to the point of me making the transition and going all in on it. And Man it has been a lovely/difficult/challenging journey after that. The fact that it solely depended on me, and I couldn't use some cheap excuse ( The boss, the client, etc) made me go on a journey of self awareness and challenges that made me evolve in a lot of ways (And yet I feel it's like the tip of the tip of the Iceberg hahaha). Now the New Challenge is to discover the "next level" of what I REALLY WANT to do with this Freedom that I earned, and this has ironically more challenges to it that I thought and yet I feel it'll make me evolve more and go on paths that I can't even imagine now, or so I genuinely believe.

  44. HeahMinAn says:

    At 35, I’m chasing a fact of how much can I contribute by listening for ideas dropped by #garyvee, deciding independently if it’s feasible based on my context and executing it.

  45. William Wu says:

    I'm still trying to figure out my life, but at least I'm trying and that means a lot to me

  46. Ariefrptm says:

    I want to bring value to Indonesian people that's the potential of fisheries and marine world in our country is totally great. We could produce billions of dollars depend on how we struggle to build, empathy, patience and fake it till we make it.

  47. B. Lansky says:


  48. Stretch Rants says:

    I guess its all about learning! Not really about chasing money!

  49. sier says:

    I could be wrong, but it's my official point of view.

  50. Leap In says:

    Chasing knowledge to be in a position to help others when they ask or need it help.

  51. Kartika Kasmadi says:

    I’m chasing growth. Im ridiculuously pumped to feel the process n see what i can become!❤️

  52. Sean Shetler says:

    I used to chase money…and I lost. Now I am chasing relationships, love, and putting God first.

  53. Soloison says:

    I jumped three times , lost hard , going back to work for a few years , reevaluating my losses / success, and how I can do it better next time. I’ll be back

  54. Rob Crusoe says:

    The music makes it unbearable

  55. Sonal singh says:


  56. ajko000 says:

    I don't know what I'm chasing, how do I figure this out? I thought I'd really get into IT, but all the jobs are either incredibly stressful or a customer support role. I've been studying Korean on and off for the past few years but I'm afraid to commit for some reason.

  57. Millionaire Venture says:

    I am 17 years old, chasing my passion to work full time on Instagram. I watch GaryVee all the time while my friends are playing video games. I work hard on my page and I hope one day it all pays off and I can do what I love to do. I have always been an entrepreneur, and I love hustlin'. Just thought I would share this with everyone.

  58. Rocelle Azoulay says:

    Hey Gary!

  59. EpyonRoyal says:

    Get lost in the woods.

  60. Mario physique says:

    I love the game too not the money the process make it awesome !

  61. Johannis Kraut says:

    Still chasing the pussy

  62. HipHop LuVeRZ says:

    Do anything for CLOUT, lol 😂 on the real doe, we chase happiness too man, thanks 🙏

  63. patricia pasley says:

    Gary I love you and what you stand for but do you think it's easier to say that now that you are stable?

  64. Riqochet Rose Tarot says:


  65. B Fresh says:

    An entity. Higher Structure. And Greatness

  66. Dylan McLauchlan says:

    Chase valuable skills. If you can build valuable skills you'll be able to get money. At that point by being so good you can't be ignored chances are you'll enjoy what you're doing/be able to find an aspect that you enjoy, or you'll be able to trade the value you bring to the table for a life that makes you happy.

  67. V J says:

    THIS , I cannot get enough of this message. Love you 😍

  68. Fernando Moreno Borrego says:

    Gary I cannot put into words how much it means what you do, so I just wanna thank you for being you, for being so driven, for trying to make the world a better place and for making people regain hope even when they thought they lost it. Thank you for everything

  69. Bayo Oluwatobi Oladapo says:

    The moment

  70. Bayo Oluwatobi Oladapo says:

    Everything that I want just makes me so sad it's unbelievable

  71. inspirepaul says:

    gives me goosebumps

  72. Gazebo7inch says:

    Well said.we all need money to drive our real aspirations.

  73. Imran Esmail says:

    This one seriously hit me, genuinely speechless

  74. Victoriousaka Dice Productions says:

    My point of view everyone should seek God 1st, faith, to have peace and happiness, a forgiving personality, money is everywhere there is lots of great ways to get it.

  75. The Influencer Project says:

    If we want satisfaction in life we should chase happiness— not money. Thanks for providing such a great post as always, Gary.

  76. Orphic Knowledge says:

    I’m an 18 year old entrepreneur and listen to this…When I learn something you do too, when I find a gold nugget I share it with the viewers. Take a peak, you might learn something very valuable.

  77. galant cadence says:

    Of all the YouTube gurus out there this guy is probably the best. He is in another level. He is a different sort of entrepreneur.

  78. Raivis Menesis says:

    Chasing my dream to live in America.

  79. TacoFx says:

    Today I awoke chasing Money and I didn't even realize. Now I'm truly fighting for my happiness. My internal source of fuel. Wondering why you can't start? It's probably because your fueling yourself with that which cannot move you. Like throwing bubble gum in a train engine and expecting to move or travel. Asses your self and find what would move you if money didn't exist.

  80. Truthseeker V says:

    I want money….but it's not for material things. I don't give a shit about "things". Things actually cause more problems. So the fewer things, the better. What I'm after is FREEDOM. Freedom to not go to a horrible job everyday……freedom to take a weekend trip to Iceland. Whatever I want to do. To learn….to create……to experience……all that life has to offer.

  81. nevinwebster says:


  82. Farah Shaki says:

    Trying to figure out myself😔

  83. RubyTV says:

    What you said about getting hit by a bus, I felt that
    I think the same way, love the process

  84. Juzzy says:

    To be honest, at this moment, I don't know what I want to chase to be happy. I´m 17 years old, going to highschool. Hopefully, I will find out what what I want to do in the next years.

  85. Jamie Forbes says:

    Gary, this is been my motto ever since I discovered you and it changes the mind in a way that's weird BUT so good

  86. Matthew Mason says:

    Gary mane you help me save my Anxiety for the trash can✊🏾🙏🏾

  87. RidingwithLee says:

    Im chasing the day that i can give back to my parents for all the thingd they gave me. Im chasing a new future that involves work i enjoy and improvement on the way. Progression is my goal.

  88. Barath Kumar says:

    Best way to be happy in life.

    Don't call money "money"
    Call it as Tokens.

  89. Witty Tube says:

    I'm chasing Entrepreneurship 🔥

  90. gh00stbaby says:


  91. Philippe Racette says:

    My practicality is midnight To six a.m because i work nighttime tho i have to invest myself in To anything. I fucked up i chose love and fucked it up but i have to rethink my focus on myself and i need a little time To heal

  92. FalseNine Football says:

    Really the best Gary video. Super honest vibe and really good to hear on tough days!
    Gary inspired me to flipping shit and building a YT channel about something i really love.
    Loved this video

  93. e mas says:

    money and growth….,with all the internal happiness and zen of the world

  94. Sport Fishing Costa Rica says:

    Got rid of all the trappings of consumerism ie BMW, Rover, McMansion, CC membership, Rolex, NYC junkets etc. Symbols/Brands became an albatross moved to Costa Rica 8yrs ago with only a swimsuit and flip flops…could not be happier. Minimalism is underrated. Love the Vee.

  95. S. B. says:

    If there wasnt always this cheesy soundtrack music underneath his speeches, it would drive you completly nuts

  96. jose ceron says:

    Thank you to @teamgaryvee. I'm watching this short video now. 2: 19 p.m. 🤩🚲 Finished watching this today. 2:40pm. I'm chasing: being the father to my son that I never had.😐

  97. Tahmeed Mazumder says:

    Happiness and maybe not die in the process

  98. uk diaries says:

    love you brother

  99. Jeoung Taehwan says:

    Are you drinking Peggy water?

  100. Aarti Saxena says:

    I am a biggggg fan, but Gary why you only remembered India to say got hit by a bus and die 🙁

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