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Daymond John Quotes

Daymond Garfield John

Daymond John quotes: the FUBU founder’s rich insights.

“You are born a chooser.”

“If you aren’t living your dreams then you’re living your fears.”

“If people haven’t laughed at your dreams, then you aren’t dreaming big enough, just keep pushing forward.”

“Make sure you’re doing something that you love, that you’re willing to do for the rest of your life.  If you’re doing it for money, that’s the only thing you won’t make.”

“Make it.  Master it.  Matter.”

“It takes the same energy to think small as it does to think big.  So dream big and think bigger.”

“It will never be a perfect time, you can only make time perfect.”

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

“If I’ve learned one thing in this life it’s this: even if you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”

“When you succeed you have a million people to thank, but when you fail there is only one person to blame.”

“Success is waking up every day and doing what you want to do.”

“Don’t wait for the ‘perfect time,’ you will wait forever.  Always take advantage of the time that you’re given and make it perfect.”

“I do today what people won’t, so I achieve tomorrow what other people can’t.”

“We all want the freedom to make our own decisions.”

“Everyone has an idea, but it’s taking those first steps toward turning that idea into a reality that are always the toughest.”

“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.”

“I believe the last thing I read at night will likely manifest when I’m sleeping.  You become what you think about the most.”

“I think it’s only failure if you put the word failure on it.  I think it’s part of the process of learning where you’re going to go and what doesn’t work.”

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

“Try to make all the mistakes with your own money and on a small level so that when you are responsible for a partner’s money or assets you’ve learned and you don’t make bigger mistakes.  Try to go as far as you can without anybody else’s help first.”

“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.”

“My mother said, ‘Money is a great slave but a horrible master.’  It was her version of a French proverb.”

“In my earlier days, when I was a ‘wantrepreneur,’ I was really doing things because I thought what I wanted was to be rich.”

“I’m a big advocate of financial intelligence.”

“You don’t get rich off your day job, you get rich off your homework.”

“Align yourself with the right people, forge the right relationships and you’ll set yourself up for the long run.”

“Strategic partners are way more important than money.”

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

“Most brands started from a strong base and kept a strong belief.”

“Don’t focus on you; focus on what you can give others.”

“As an entrepreneur, you love your business like a child, and you’re taught to be laser-focused on the business.”

“As an entrepreneur, you never stop learning.  I think a great entrepreneur is learning every day.  An entrepreneur is somebody that doesn’t take no for an answer – they’re going to figure something out.  They also take responsibility.  They don’t blame anybody else.  And they’re dreamers in one sense but they’re also realistic and they take affordable steps when they can.”

“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.”

“A savvy entrepreneur will not always look for investment money, first.”

“In entrepreneurship, you decide to give up your day job at the point where either, (A) the hobby/new business is at least making some form of ends meet, or (B) you feel that you need to dedicate yourself for a certain amount of time to it and give yourself the last hoorah.”

“An entrepreneur must pitch a potential investor for what the company is worth as well as sell the dream on how much of a profit can be made.”

“Entrepreneurship brings us hope.”

“When you sell a product or service, you’re making a promise to your audience.  If you don’t understand your audience, you’ll never be able to keep that promise and you’ll ultimately let them down.”

“The thing about branding is it isn’t etched in stone.  A brand is a mark or an image or a perception we stamp on a product, a concept or an ideal, but it doesn’t last forever.  Like anything else, it needs to be nurtured and reinforced, or it will start to fade.”

“I think the single biggest turn off is people who think that they need money and they need all these people around them so if they get the money they can just buy all the things they need to help the company… without having to put in the work themselves.”

“When looking at trends I always ask myself basic and timeless questions about business, and the one I seem to always come back to is, ‘How is this different than anything else in the marketplace?'”

“You can make up your own opinion, but you can’t make up your own facts.  Go sell.  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.”

“Truth is the easiest thing to sell.”

“You don’t have to work for a big corporation if you don’t want to.”

“The first thing that you can do with social media is find out and understand what people like or dislike.  You actually get to see the reality of what people think about you.”

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

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

“I’d keep hearing this line, in the back of my head: if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.”

“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.”

“I’ve come to learn that my initial investment is more about the person versus the product that I am buying into.  I’ve also learned that I really do enjoy giving worthy people an opportunity of a lifetime.”

“In the founders, I look for a person I feel is trustworthy, driven and smart.  I invest in the person first, because in the event the business fails, the person and I can move forward and create another business.”

“I’ve learned, like with anything else, business is only as good as your connections and your resources.”

“I value an entrepreneur I can get behind and trust, because I know they are attempting to move forward in life.”

“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.”

“If you really want something, stop chasing it.”

“Never give up what you believe.”

“The only difference between you and me is that I have a camera on me.”

“I don’t want to leave my kids an inheritance, I want to leave them a legacy.”

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