Make Your 2018 Resolutions: The Power of Broke


Are you ready for 2018?

Have you made your resolutions?

What are you going to do to make your dreams come true?

I am very inspired by Daymon John’s book, “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage.” I am looking forward to his new book: RISE AND GRIND which will be available on January 23, 2018! 

I exceeded all of my 2017 goals and I want to do the same for 2018.  What does Daymond recommend?

“To paraphrase a line from Benjamin Franklin: Trial, error, test….Become a crash dummy for yourself and you’ll understand what will work. So what will you do today and expect to learn from—even if you fail at it?”

Daymond John Adore what you do

What are Daymond’s SHARK POINTS: 


Set it all down on paper. Commit to it.


A “shark” needs the same mix of insight, instincts, and information to keep out in front.


It comes down to passion. You’ve got to love, love, love what you’re doing—otherwise



Even when they’re asleep, sharks are slipping through the ocean, swimming, scheming, getting ready to attack—which is pretty much the approach you have to take when you’re starting out in business.

You have to be relentless, nimble, moving ever forward. No matter what. And real sharks out in the ocean, if they don’t keep swimming, they die—so keep this in mind, too.

What are Daymond’s SHARK Point basics?

  • 50 percent of the people on this planet are now under thirty years old, social media is the best, most efficient way to reach this market—no matter what you’re selling.
  • Success doesn’t usually find you on your own schedule, and it hardly ever happens as fast as you want it to happen.
  • See your differences (like Daymond’s dyslexia) as an asset —there can be a silver lining to it. A disability of any kind forces you to compensate.
  • Believe in yourself, believe in your business, believe in your dream, and the money will come—maybe not right away, but soon enough.

Daymond always has a health goal, a family goal, a business goal, a relationship goal, and a philanthropy goal. What will you accomplish in 2018?

Daymond John The Power of BrokeFrom Daymond’s interview with Mark Burnett, Television Producer, Bestselling Author: 

“A lot of people, they’re afraid to try something new because they’re afraid to fail. For them, the fear of failure is so great, they wind up taking ordinary jobs, living ordinary lives. But my fear was something else. Everybody has a fear, right? Most people, they’re either rushing towards a pleasure experience, or they’re running away from a fear experience. And you have to decide, what’s your motivator? My motivator was the fear of looking back and regretting that I didn’t take one of these risks my mom was always talking about. My pain was the fear of future regret, so I didn’t care so much whether things worked out. I only cared that I took the action and tried.”

In the Power of Broke you will learn from “real profiles of real people accomplishing really, really cool things…these remarkably resilient, resourceful, and relentlessly driven individuals have used the power of broke to fuel their resolve and to help them build an iconic billion-dollar brand, an outrageously successful chain of cupcake shops, and a compelling social media platform….And you’ve seen how in each case, they’ve harnessed the power of broke to change their attitude and altitude of vision, possibility, and focus.”

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #1: Use all of the resources available to you,

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #2: Keep it real. Strive for authenticity in everything you do.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #3: Learn (and embrace!) the power of optimization.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #4: Understand that you will be rewarded for solving other people’s problems or filling holes in the marketplace, just as you will be rewarded for helping others reach

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #4: Understand that you will be rewarded for solving other people’s problems or filling holes in the marketplace, just as you will be rewarded for helping others reach their desired objectives.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #5: Put all your passion and purpose behind whatever it is you’re doing. If you don’t believe in yourself, in your product, your service, or your business, you can’t expect anyone else to either.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #6: Take the time to understand and appreciate everyone you meet on your path to success.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #7: Think beyond the moment. This can be tough to do, especially when you’re up against it. Find a way to support your vision with logic, data, and realistic projections.

BROKE POWER PRINCIPLE #8: Make the probability of your success a natural part of your thinking. Expect it…will it so. Why? Because good things come to those who expect them.

Daymond John The Power of Broke

Set a goal… • Do your homework… • Adore what you do… • Remember, you are the brand… • Keep swimming…

Daymond says, “Just look at me: a dyslexic kid from Queens who was raised by a hardworking, no-nonsense single mother who found a way to instill in me an ability to think in big, bold strokes. [I learned] to think without limits, even though there are all kinds of limits on my resources. To think beyond my circumstances, which, I got to say, was pretty bleak at times. Out of that thinking, I somehow found a way to build a $6 billion clothing brand, and an unexpected second career as a brand-building entrepreneur and star of a hit television show…I’ve even been tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as an ambassador of his groundbreaking Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship program (PAGE).”

Are you ready to put the power of broke to work for you?

Remember, there’s no such thing as overnight success.

Your goals don’t just up and find you. No, you’ve got to “rise and grind” to meet them.

You’ve got to be relentless about it.

Because when you do, you find the power to do anything, to get past anything, and to become anything.

The information and inspiring quotes in this article are all from Daymond John’s book, The Power of Broke

rise and grind Daymond John

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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