Wharton Magazine: Shark Tank Star’s Secrets to Business Success


Thank you to Wharton Magazine for allowing me to share Daymond John’s Shark Tank Secrets to Success!

Lisa Niver in Wharton Magazine about Daymond John

In his new book, RISE AND GRIND, Daymond John reveals how to become a better entrepreneur.

The television show, Shark Tank, has been teaching America about business. I have been on a mission to read the books by all of the “Sharks.” Daymond John, CEO and president of the Shark Group, recently spoke at Live Talks Los Angeles about his new book, Rise and Grind, which is about how to be a better entrepreneur.

My favorite part of his conversation was when he talked personally about his journey. One of the most important things, John says, “is to take care of yourself. For Valentine’s Day, show how much you love yourself and take yourself to the doctor.” Many entrepreneurs do not make time for self-care but it is crucial.

John followed a recommendation to have an executive physical. He said it seemed steep at upwards of $7,000 but it saved his life. The discovery and early detection of his stage two thyroid cancer meant he is now cancer-free after treatment.

John said, “Be selfish. Be the best you can be so you can help those around you. It seems like selfish is a bad word but it is important. If you are not around, who will take care of your family?” The first thing on John’s personal priority list is to exercise and eat right. He schedules time to see his family and spend time with his daughters. If you do not set your priorities, other people will. Another great tip—don’t answer emails or look at social media when you wake up.

Sam Rubin from KTLA-TV was a marvelous moderator, taking John through topics of his personal life and some of the highlights from the 16 entrepreneurs featured in the book. John said, “We need methods and techniques to be more successful.” He initially began interviewing entrepreneurs as a means to find a smarter way to work. In the book, John shares the lessons he has learned and the answers to his questions about how to balance life. As he said, “Don’t major in minor. Delegate to amazing individuals on your team.” Make sure you are working on the most important projects that really need your focus each day, he said.

Lisa Niver with KTLA TV Sam Rubin
Lisa Niver with Sam Rubin from KTLA TV

John spoke about how you have to find your own way to make things work. He personally reads his 10 goals every morning and night to make sure he stays on track. Fellow “Shark” Barbara Corcoran has different sets of goals, with an A and B track. Grammy-winning musician Carlos Santana reads from several inspiring books every morning when he wakes up and at night before going to bed.

Santana explains in the book: “It’s like when you get in the car, and you make sure the mirrors are all set. You check the driver-side mirror, the passenger-side mirror, the rearview mirror. You make sure they’re set just right for you, so you can see what’s coming from the back, from the left, from the right. It’s all aligned for you so you can protect yourself. What do they say when you’re learning to drive, that you should know what’s going on seven cars ahead of you, and seven cars behind you?” I love this metaphor about being prepared and on the road for success.

John said you need to set goals and see your path of execution. If your goal is seven new accounts a week, you need one per day. “It is like a plane on autopilot,” he said. “We know where we are going but we have to keep course correcting.”

Rise and Grind with Daymond John

In his book, John details his GRIND plan:

Get on it. Get moving.

Repeat. Build a meaningful routine and then stick to it.

Insist on your very best. Life isn’t what you accept, it’s what you negotiate.

Navigate. The key is navigating those larger journeys in life and moving with speed and precision, like a killer shark in the water. Keep your eyes on where you want to get to in life—your goals, your passions, your dreams—and keep moving in that direction with fury and purpose when necessary.

Desire, drive, determination to accomplish the outcomes you set out in front of them. What choices will you make to fill your 86,400 seconds each day in a meaningful way?

John also writes, “If you want to succeed, you have to put in the work. Remember, these ultra-successful people get the same 1,440 minutes in every day as you do, and there’s plenty you can learn from how they use them…The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”

Lisa Niver with Shark Tank Star Daymond John
Lisa Niver with Shark Tank Star, Daymond John

Learn more about what Lisa thought about Rise and Grind here.

Thank you to Live Talks Los Angeles for including me in this wonderful event!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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