Shark Tank’s Daymond John: Business Hacks No One Usually Says

If you’ve ever had any financial struggle, it’s likely you’ve wondered, “Will I ever get out of this?”.  Sometimes, the heaviness of worrying how you’ll pay your bills is enough of a burden, so your dreams and ambitions can be put on the backburner unless you see someone like Shark Tank’s Daymond John.

shark tank daymond johnWho is Daymond John?

Daymond John has one of the most exciting rags to riches stories I’ve heard.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in the Queens neighborhood of Hollis by a single mom.  Going thru school, he struggled to keep up because of his dyslexia, and he admits that assignments that took the average student 1 hour took him double or triple the time.

When he became working age, he held jobs like handing out flyers or waiting tables at Red Lobster.  After high school is when he began to try his hand at entrepreneurship.

He started a van commuter service, then he decided to leverage the skill his mom taught him–he began sewing clothes.  He started a clothing company for men in his mom’s house, and she supported him by allowing him to completely take over.  She even went as far as mortgaging her house to get $100,000 to use as startup funding for John’s growing business.

John leveraged influencer marketing, asking rappers to wear his clothing while filming music videos and promotional campaigns, which gave his brand the illusion of being much more established than it was.  As a result, orders starting coming in faster than they could fill.  His mom took out a second mortgage to fund the order fulfillment for his growing business.  From his startup until today, John has generated more than $6 billion in sales with his clothing line “For us by us”, or FUBU.

He’s also been a star on ABC’s Shark Tank, where he’s on the panel as an equity funding investor.  He uses his own money as startup capital for startup entrepreneurs.

Shark Tank’s Daymond John | How He Says He Did it

Since he’s gone from having very little money to get by, and completely transformed his situation, many people ask, “How did he do it?”, and his continuous response is “Out think, outwork, and outperform your competitors”.  In fact, he wrote a book with the title “Rise and Shine: How to Outthink, outwork, and outperform your competitors”.

In the book, Daymond John lays out his game plan for success.  He believes and mentors others to have a strong work ethic.  He says many people want success, but they’re unwilling to make the sacrifices of time, pleasure, pride, and be persistent enough to acquire success.

John isn’t the only proponent of hard work, I’ve written about work ethic before, and cited other very successful entrepreneurs like Jay Abraham, Darren Hardy, and Marie Forleo who all attest to business success as a product of hard consistent effort towards a singular goal.

Daymond’s Biggest Mistakes

shark tank daymond john

When asked about his biggest mistakes, John has said he’s made quite a few mistakes in the areas of:

  • Work-life balance
  • Spending too much time and money on the wrong business endeavors
  • and, He says he wasn’t always financially savvy

As a result of mistakes he made, he had to bump his head quite a bit until he learned and had the guts and ongoing funds to hire out the things he wasn’t good at.  If you listen to interviews he’s done, you’ll hear him mention different mistakes, but despite them, he was able to overcome many odds and build a massively successful business.

Shark Tank’s Daymond John | Success Quotes

“Life is a cruel teacher. She loves to give you the test first and the lesson later.”

“The easiest thing to sell is truth.”

“Life is like business, 20% of what happens to you is 80% of how you react.”

“Told myself it didn’t matter if my ride didn’t turn heads—it only mattered that it turned things around for me.”

“If you don’t educate yourself, you’ll never get out of the starting block because you’ll spend all your money making foolish decisions.”

“Learn as many mistakes and what not to do while your business or product is small. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow your brand. Make sure that you and the market can sustain any bumps that may occur down the road.”

“Mentors, by far, are the most important aspects of businesses.”

“If you go out there and start making noise and making sales – people will find you. Sales cure all. You can talk about how great your business plan is and how well you are going to do. You can make up your own opinions, but you cannot make up your own facts. Sales cure all.”

“Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months.”

“I’ve failed way more than I’ve succeeded.”

“I always tried to align myself with strategic partners, friends, and information to help me with the things that I did not know, and ultimately, I made it.”

“Poor people put a low value on themselves and their efforts.”

“Good grooming is integral and impeccable style is a must. If you don’t look the part, no one will want to give you time or money.”

Things Daymond Says are Keys To Business Success

Daymond gives a lot of great advice, but these 10 rules that Evan Carmichael have extracted from John’s teaching are really great. Check out these 10 rules of success by Daymond John:

What’s a Good vs. a Bad Investment according to Daymond John?

A Good investment…

  • Makes good money
  • Keeps good money
  • Is driven by passion
  • Is backed by hard work
  • Delivers a need to the market
  • Backs up marketing claims with a good product/service
  • Is patient
  • The funding is sales driven and external funding just helps

A Bad Investment…

  • Is rushed
  • Has no strategy
  • Costs more than it brings in
  • Doesn’t promise anything good to the consumer
  • Doesn’t fulfill as promised
  • Isn’t enjoyable or passion-driven
  • Doesn’t work without external funding

Shark Tank’s Daymond John | Work Life Balance…Does it Exist?

shark tank daymond johnDespite hiccups along the way with work life balance, Daymond John is a proponent of having boundaries between family and life.  He’s not like some who believe the balance should be numerically calculated and cutt throat all of the time, but he believes balance is necessary.

In fact in his post on his site Daymond John Success Formula, he discloses that he didn’t start FUBU to get rich.  Instead, he started FUBU for relationships.  He wanted to tour with his friends who were rappers.  These are his 5 tips on balancing work and life:

  • Keep normal business hours
  • Make your bedroom a no-phone zone
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate
  • Prioritize social and recreational time
  • and, Get enough exercise

Shark Tank Daymond John | A Video Playlist with His Best Advice

If you’ve never watched Daymond John on Shark Tank or in interviews, you’re missing out!  Daymond John gives great advice to entrepreneurs, he has a very irregular story, and the mindset to back it up.  Check out this playlist to hear tips directly from him:

Final Words on Shark Tank Daymond John

The goal of this article was to show you strategies and tips Shark Tank Daymond John used to go from rags to riches.  His story is one of those stories that can encourage you.  With good work ethic and persistence, you too can become massively successful in your business!

If you have questions or concerns about this, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section.  I’d love to help you out!

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Now, it’s Your Turn…

What’s the best advice you’ve heard from Daymond John?  How can you take the tips you’ve heard from Daymond and apply them in your life? Leave your comment below.

9 thoughts on “Shark Tank’s Daymond John: Business Hacks No One Usually Says”

  1. Hello,
    It’s the first time that I hear about Daymond John and his story. It’s good to often read stories of people who achieved success just to get more motivated and hope that something similar is going to happen to you too.
    We have our struggles and our weak points but it’s wise to learn how to turn them into strengths.

  2. Thanks for an amazing rags to riches story – very inspirational, just the thing you need when the challenges of running your own business seem overwhelming.

    I had no idea of who Daymond John was until I read this, but I definitely agree with his mantra:

    “Out think, outwork, and outperform your competitors”

    I too believe the “work ethic” is key if you are to run a successful online business as I do. It doesn’t come easy, you need to make sacrifices, you need unwavering belief in yourself and what you’re doing. But, you know what – it’s worth it in the end if you don’t give up!

    1. Hi Les! Most people like that quote in theory, but outworking everyone else is actually not always easy. Work ethic is key, and has always been a main ingredient for high level success. With the mentality you have, I’d bet you’re not far from some great success reports. Keep it up!

  3. Tiffany, I enjoyed your post about Daymond John and what it took for him to be successful. One key takeaway for me was the fact that he was not in it for the money. It was all about his passion for the relationships his business would create for him. I also like how you used the story as a lead in to your call to action. The transition to CTA is great and an example for others. Well done!

    1. Hi Glen! I love Daymond John’s example of how he pursued business to maintain his relationships. It’s really hard for people to have such a strong work ethic if they’re only focused on money. Typically, once they reach the dollar amount that takes care of their personal needs, they relax. You have to have a bigger mission, vision, and purpose than caring for your personal needs in order to make big things happen for yourself and others.

  4. Desperation can indeed breed innovations. I really that live interview video. And the tendency is that when you start a project, people always consider it to be very dumb and try to talk out of it. And what the successful people do is that they just pull away from their group. Because they simply don’t make sense anymore.

    My own era of desperation resurrected all the ambitions I had during my childhood, and for the very first time, I feel like I’m on the right track, even though I’ve lost all my friends, because I don’t just make sense anymore. LOL. I can only hope for better days but I’m very confident about that.

    I found your article very inspirational. Thank you very much for sharing.

  5. NSOH ALIEH LAURINE

    Desperation can indeed breed innovations. I really that live interview video. And the tendency is that when you start a project, people always consider it to be very dumb and try to talk out of it. And what the successful people do is that they just pull away from their group. Because they simply don’t make sense anymore.

    My own era of desperation resurrected all the ambitions I had during my childhood, and for the very first time, I feel like I’m on the right track, even though I’ve lost all my friends, because I don’t just make sense anymore. LOL. I can only hope for better days but I’m very confident about that.

    I found your article very inspirational. Thank you very much for sharing.

    1. Hi Nsoh! I love the quote you included in your comment, “desperation breeds innovation”. It’s so true. I have had the same experience where I’m starting something new and people doubt me. It can be very hard to face doubt especially when it comes from people you love. It’s very strong and brave of you to push past that and continue in your own way. You’ll see that pay off for you. Keep going towards your dream!

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