Like many others, presumably including most or all of his 397,080 other followers on Twitter, I’m a fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. I admire his hard-won success and am inspired not just  by his passion (I’ve met my share of passionate dills in my time) but more by his amazing combination of passion for what he does and practical, down to earth business advice.

So it was a real fillip to pick up yesterday the video link embedded here for an interview he gave on CNN. It’s a brilliant explanation of how social media works for business and the opportunities available for people to build real income from things about which they are both passionate and knowledgeable.

I hope you will enjoy and be as inspired by Gary in this interview as I was.

And picking up on an oblique reference by Gary to Tumblr, I’ve re-visited my Tumblr site and started a bit of updating. Not quite sure how it fits in, but when someone as knowledgeable and successful as Gary Vaynerchuk mentions something like this, I take notice.

By the way, his secret of success? Apart from the long, slogging hours of hard work that is?

Two words.

“I care”.

And what’s Twitter really about?

“It’s word of mouth on steroids.”

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).