Although the core concepts of what we teach at Selling Energy revolve around sales, every now and then I’m asked for tips on self-motivation. There is plenty of material out there about how to better structure your day and set goals, but today I’d like to recommend a book that primarily focuses on tackling your motivations with laser-like focus.
Daymond John is best known as one of the judges on Shark Tank, a competitive reality show in which aspiring entrepreneurs present their ideas to investors. In his latest book, Rise and Grind, he details his background, shares his contemporaries’ secrets for success and what successful entrepreneurs have in common.
John’s writings go hand in hand with some advice I dispense regularly: “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.” Rise and Grind explores that advice to the max, beginning with how you wake up in the morning (90% of top executives wake up before 6 a.m.), and continuing with how you use your time during the day and how you set your goals for tomorrow.
John also states that it’s important to center yourself, disconnect from technology and remember that success requires daily commitment. It’s hard work, but you should know that already! If you’re looking for a blueprint to guide you through that commitment, then look no further.
Here is the summary from Amazon:
“New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Broke and ‘Shark’ on ABC's hit show Shark Tank explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires readers to Rise & Grind their way the top.
“Daymond John knows what it means to push yourself hard – and he also knows how spectacularly a killer work ethic can pay off. As a young man, he founded a modest line of clothing on a $40 budget by hand-sewing hats between his shifts at Red Lobster. Today, his brand FUBU has over $6 billion in sales.
“Convenient though it might be to believe that you can shortcut your way to the top, says John, the truth is that if you want to get and stay ahead, you need to put in the work. You need to out-think, out-hustle, and out-perform everyone around you. You've got to rise and grind every day.
“In the anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Power of Broke, Daymond takes an up-close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success.”