This week on Dailyvee and the #askGaryVee show we have legend Tony Robbins stopping by and also a special guest coming to you live via zoom from his oceanfront beach house on the coast of sunny Florida!!
Gary: Lets jump right into it. Tony it’s great to have you with us as always but we have a special guest by the name of Brandon McClinchey with us today also so I don’t want to keep him waiting.
Tony: Thank you, it’s always great to be here. Let’s bring him on, I’m looking forward to it.
Garyvee: Let me give you a little background first and then we can. His name is Brandon McClinchey and is originally from a small little town in southeast Michigan and struggled his whole life on finding himself. Really fought through adversity and to be honest is not only a longtime lister to the show but was able to sort of soak up the essence of what I have been talking about for all these years and manifest HIS reality into what his desires were.
Tony: Yeah, I think that’s what I like so much about his story. In essence, to me anyways, it seems like not only was he able to soak up the knowledge that you spread but was also able to connect with a deeper more emotional or spiritual side and really embrace the burning desire to carry him to where he is today.
Garyvee: Brandon, can you hear us over the sound of the ocean in the background!
Brandon: Whats up Garyvee! yeah I can hear you! It’s great to be on the show after listening all these years! And with the GREAT Tony Robbins also on, it truly makes this a dream come true for me!
Gary: So start by telling the views a little bit about yourself and the events that put you on the path to be able to be sitting here today.
Brandon: Yeah definitely! I’ll start with the event you are referencing since it’s pretty much where my story begins. When I was seven years old I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now when I say that you are probably thinking the worst case scenario right away which is the common thing to do. Let me preface it with this; My tumor was not cancerous but the difficult part was the location and size of it. Let me backup a little bit. Up until we found out the news, I was a normal kid. Playing with neighborhood friends, getting into anything we shouldn’t and just normal kid stuff. With one apparent difference. I was always tired, had terrible neck pains and struggled to keep up sometimes especially with school. I would be playing kickball or tag and just instantly have to sit down because of crippling pain in my neck. My parents of course knew this wasn’t normal for a kid my age so I had been in and out of doctor offices for years. All saying vertically the same thing, it’s just growing pains and nothing to be worried about. Boy were they wrong. At the age of five we moved from Columbus Ohio to a town by the name of Tecumseh MI. Fast forward a few years of continuous doctor visits with no results. I was now in second grade when my teacher finally couldn’t stand to see me in pain anymore and sent me to the school nurse and things forever changed after that. She recommended my parents stop with the doctor visits and take me straight to the ER at University of Michigan hospital. When we got there, they took only a look at me and immediately their urgency changed. It was later that day that I found out, while watching the fox and the hound, that I have a non-cancerous tumor on my spinal cord that was the size of an orange and growing. Now even though it’s hard to believe after getting news like that, I would later find out it was my lucky day after all. U of M Motts hospital is home to a world renowned brain surgeon that not only was confident in her ability to perform the necessary surgery but when she walked into the room I swear there was a light about her that was indescribable. It was from that day forward that my life was forever changed. I am convinced to this day that the cure for anything is within. She gave me the “light” to believe and I knew going forward my life was special. Not only was I going to make it but I was destined for a purpose in this life!
Tony: Wow! Truly an inspirational story! I think it is so important to find your meaning in life and really get to the bottom of your burning desire in life and let that lead you down the path to manifest all that you desire in this life. So many people look for instant success and forget to look within themselves.
Gary: I couldn’t agree with you more Tony. The lavish life that people put on instagram isn’t always the reality a lot of people live in. I think it is so important to hear the “why” side of the story. And I don’t mean “because money buys me nice cars or planes”, I mean what really drives people to succeed.
Brandon: What really helped me find myself was a program called the “Master Key Experience”. I won’t get into it too much because it really is about the experience and I don’t want to give it away, but its truly life changing. I owe a lot to that and couldn’t recommend it more highly! It helped me to get right within and allow me to manifest success in the world without. I know that’s pretty vague but if you are at all interested, reach out and I’m happy to answer any questions you have.
Gary: Tell me more about your Digital Marketing Agency. I think you’re more like me in the sense of practicality. I started Vainer Media and it was practical. I know a lot of people that are out there shooting for the stars with the next Billion dollar company or idea, which is fine but I think at some point you need to be practical and do what makes you happy.
Brandon: That’s exactly it; Practicality. My big question to myself back in 2019 when I was sitting in my home office was “what can I do to get me to a modest income that will afford me to be able to reach my goals”. That was it, it wasn’t how do I make the next Facebook or uber for Lawn mowers app. Now let me remind you that this was right when the county was shutting down and going into quarantine because of COVID-19, so the question had a little more meaning. My focus was IF something happens in the economy and I don’t have a job to go back to when all this is over, how am I going to survive. So it became real very quick. Which is ultimately why I started what I did. The question I found myself going back to was how can I help. I knew I was good at marketing and I had the skills to match up customers with business owners that provided a service. So naturally, that’s what I focused on.
Garyvee: So what’s next for you?
Brandon: Well, at this point my agency is pretty much on auto pilot. My long time business partner and I have spent the past few years putting the right people in the organization that is virtually passive income for me. Not to mention I own equity share in three companies and own hundreds of condo units in various beach locations. I take pride in knowing that I have created an empire that will not only allow me to be “retired” at such a young age but will provide for my family for generations to come.
Tony: Real quick, because I know we only have a few more minutes on this interview. Tell me more about your charitable giving and the things you have been able to do there.
Brandon: Two organizations that played such a huge role during my time in the hospital was the Ronald McDonald House and of course the American Cancer Society. Obviously The ACS is trying new ways everyday to one day come up with a cure. The Ronald McDonald House isn’t as well known. They provide local housing at a reduced rate to the families with children in my situation. Needless to say, the 3 months I was in the hospital, my parents were by my side as much as possible. The Ronald McDonald House made that possible. Recently I took that one step further. I decided, in addition to, supporting these two organizations, I wanted to help in a different way. Needless to say, after something like this happens, sometimes kids can struggle to find their purpose in life. Much like I did. My goal is to start a “scholarship fund” to do just that. That could mean college, trade school or MKMMA like me. Either way I want everyone to know someone has your back even after the fight. At the end of the day, we strive to provide the outside support that truly is needed after an experience like that.
Tony: Truly inspirational brotha, I’m so glad we got this chance to catch up and hear a little bit about your story.
Garyvee: Thank you so much for being here with us today. This was an interview I won’t soon forget so thank you for that!
Brandon: Thank you both, I can’t tell you how much it means to hear that for the likes of you two. I’m glad I have the opportunity to give back after all these years of listening!