Do What You Would Do For Free with Daymond John
Today’s tip comes from Shark Tank Star and entrepreneur Daymond John. He achieved wild financial success by creating and scaling his apparel brand FUBU, but says it wasn’t solid business practice, smart spending, or anything financially related that led him to success - it was doing something that he loved. Listen to Daymond describe that passion:
John said, "What changed my life wasn't the fact that I wanted to become a millionaire. What changed my life was the fact that I wanted to make for other people because nobody respected this market. I was doing something I loved, and then all of a sudden it started to take off. When that passion grabs a hold of you, as they say when the needle is finally in the vain, and you are really hooked, its like being in love. Its like um you know when you thought you'd like somebody when you were thirteen/fourteen years-old. It was just something new and it was puppy love. But, when you are twenty-two/twenty-three years-old and you are out there making life decisions and saying, 'I can see myself with this person for the rest of my life', and you are getting butterflies every time you see them. That's what it is when you have a business or a company that you love. You can't see anything else, and I would have dressed people til today for free if I could".
When we think about this message, without having Daymond John in mind, we can relate it to all of us. There is a business, or an activity behind each one of our passions, and if we can tap into that, we will soar. Work doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing what you love, what you would do for free.