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Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 h
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Currency
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Matshona Dhliwayo
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Keep up the good work, my brother. FUBU was one of my favorite brands growing up. That makes you one of my favorite people.
Michael G King
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was a waste of time. After having listened to over 100 books from Audible, this is the first one that resulted in me asking for a refund (side note: refunds are remarkably easy to get from Audible!).

The book is full of cliches and hype. Rise and shine. Early to bed, early to rise. Crush it. Meh. Most of the content of the book centers around the stories of people who have accomplished big things in their lives. However, in my opinion, most of their stories don't tell anything motivatio
Tara B. Reading
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I learned about this book while watching Daymond John on the morning radio talk show The Breakfast Club with Charlemagne Tha God. On this show John described his book as a guide for readers so that they may learn the morning rituals and activities of some of the most successful people in the business world. As a woman on a journey to becoming her best, this book sounded like something I would really be interested in reading. So I purchased the book the next day.

As much as I would like to say Ri
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
Rise and Grind’s content doesn’t match the title. The phrase “rise and grind” is authentic and gully. It’s the antithesis of “Fake It until You Make It.” It means put your nose to the grind and get stuff done. Thus, as an entrepreneur, I was immediately drawn to a book with such a title. However, with respect to Daymond John’s book, the title Rise and Grind is a misnomer.

John managed to interview some successful people but presented his work as a selection of celebrity profiles that fail to extr
Stephen Smotherman
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I usually don't care for books where an author uses his platform to write a book which is only half the author's contribution and the other half is the success stories of others, but this is a rare exception. I enjoyed this book.
Alex Devero
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read packed with inspirational stories and practical advice on how one can start is or her own business. The author, Daymond John, shares business insights on life and business he gained through his life and in his business ventures. Daymond also share many lessons he learned from other successful entrepreneurs, one lesson per chapter. There are two main lessons in this book. First, with grit and persistence, everything is possible. Second, success doesn't exist without grit and pers ...more
Compton Persaud
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The book gets a 3 out 5 mostly because its full of cliche. Yes, the book is a motivational book so there gonna be cliche but this book it just full of it, like a fat dog that keeps on eating but it was full about 6 serving ago. Daymond John does do a good job of getting his point out but then he just repeats himself for a couple of pages. That being said the author does make this '' cliche'' click. For example ''whatever tough road you're facing, it 's not about to get any easier tomorrow, so st ...more
Lauren Casas
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-growth
This book was fantastic, like having informational interviews with the most successful people in the world. I liked the emphasis on different strategies for success, even some that were in direct contradiction with each other, to show that achievement looks different for everyone and there is no one way to be successful. I also appreciated the emphasis on taking care of yourself to position yourself to be successful. Will recommend!
Jerry Williams
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the best books of 2018.
Ashley Hampton
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, as I think Daymond John is a super successful businessman and impressive in what he has accomplished. My favorite parts were the chapters when he related his experiences and what he does to grit and persistence. I didn't find the other stories from other professionals to be as educating or as entertaining. For me, his other books are much better.
Ginae B.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are dumbfounded. Normally, when quiet people start talking, it's nothing that you want to hear. Normally.

However, John has a lot to say. He lays it out clear, in easy-to-digest pieces. Well, there is a ton of information here. It might be wisest for you to pull out the most germane for your situation and begin a note file on your hard drive.

No nonsense.

Rise and Grind reads somewhat like a who's who in the business and entertainment industry. This is not a bad thing when the author knows these
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Rise and Grind, ultra successful FUBU CEO and Shark Tank mogul Daymond John interviews and shares tips from people across the spectrum of success - an actress, a singer, inventors, salespeople, athletes, even a pastor - about how they became successful and what they do to keep rising. I liked the format of the book where John interspersed these third party stories with vignettes from his own experiences as well as the web address included at the end of each checklist that links to quote cards ...more
LuAnne Feik
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The SHARK TANK TV star, Daymond John, mixes his self-help advice with that of 17 others who also have a successful work ethic. After all, not everyone is an only child who has dyslexia, channels the urban fashion aesthetic by growing up in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, or has the stamina to launch a business by spending five years working an 8-hour shift at Red Lobster; sewing, tagging, and delivering hats; and sleeping three hours a night. To be successful, according to Catherine Zeta-Jone ...more
Mark Mangold
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really dug anything, you won't agree with everybody or want to emulate every person in the book, but there is plenty here to learn from or reinforce what you already do. I believe this would be a great book in particular for high school and college students looking to find a routine for themselves.
Bayo Arigbon
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I saw Daymond John's interview on THE BREAKFAST CLUB it seemed like this would be a good book, but it wasn't. Full of cliche' info and no brainers, like "think big", or "grind hard", anyone who is looking to better themselves will come across. As an owner of a clothing line I was hoping it could provide so tips or even inspire some ideas, but no, this book is has nothing useful for anyone looking to expand their business. Its mostly full of background stories from other successful people, who we ...more
diddier gil
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
My family and I used to enjoy watching Shark Tank on TV. Of all anchor and guest Sharks, Daymond was my least favorite. To me, he seemed pompous, rude, and sometimes right out bully (I was bullied in school, so I don’t like bullies). For that reason, to fulfill my plan of reading one book written by each Shark each year, I kept pushing Daymond’s book down the waiting list. I though I had nothing to learn from a guy like him. I was wrong.

So far I’ve read Mark Cuban’s How To Win At The Sport Of Bu
Lelee Dow
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What’s Inside:

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.

It might be convenient to believe that you can short-cut your way to the top, but 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, out-
Bryce Calhoun
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Rise and Grind is a nonfiction book by Daymond Johnson. The book is voiced through him and it is about his upcoming in life and how he made it through all the struggles he had and he kept grinding. However, the purpose of this book is not to tell the story of his life and how he became who he is, but it is about putting that same drive that he had to work and grind into the reader. He says to find things you like doing and pursue them, no matter what it is, if you work hard enough you w ...more
"Power Fact: 76% of so-called mom-preneurs used their personal savings as a primary funding source...what I take from this stat is that women are often passionate about their new businesses, and willing to bet on themselves."

I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.

Watching Shark Tank is my guilty pleasure and I became familiar with Daymond John through the show. I haven't read any of his other books but this is less a book about Daymond and more
Bimal Patel
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Alright alright so one more self-help book on motivation for budding entrepreneurs with no significant difference than other books out there by people such as Tim Ferris, Grand Cordone or Gary Vaynerchk. Same format with chapters based on famous celebrities and go-getters on how they rise and grind, what's their work philosophy, what are their priorities, etc.
Reminds of Vaynerchuk's book Crushing It that follows the exactly same format of talking about how people made it.

Overall, it is an ok bo
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daymond John wrote this book to push people beyond their limits. I was inspired on every single page of this book, that is why I rate this 5 stars. This book gives motivation that everyone needs to become successful. He reveals the secrets of what make him so successful. He wrote this book to help people and help them rise and grind everyday. So what does this exactly mean? Rising and grinding is about how if you really care you need to wake up early hours and use that precious time wisely to be ...more
Ronald Grant
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, a pretty respectable read for an inspirational/motivational book. Yes, there are clichés throughout, but it's something that is noted by the author. No book is going to give you everything you need to get started at being more successful in your own life. They're merely a starting point. What I enjoyed the most were the grind points at the end of each individual testimonial. And Daymond admits from the outset that he's no huge reader or writer. For that to be the case, this was still an ...more
Jonathan Godwin
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan of Daymond John since I heard him speak at a Growco event a few years ago. His stories about his challenges framed this book, and his interviews with other entrepreneurs were the perfect complement. I listen to his podcasts as well, and if you're a fan of his in any capacity, this book is a good one for you to read. I respect anyone who can "rise" through circumstances like he did, then move on to build a huge business, and finally begin to invest in other businesses as he ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy.

It was like throwing rocks at a glass doll house and hoping not to break it while trying to get through the total space voids of the book because the topics are so far and beyond what I thought I would read. WHo cares so much about materialistic things and times that are not going to help me out at all. Maybe it is selfish of me to want to read this book and learn a thing or two, but it seems more like bad interviews then a motivational speech. More name drops an
Ronald Scheese
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Authentic, Insightful & Inspiring

I've been doing quite a bit of reading lately on intrinsic motivation, perseverance, drive and grit. When Shark Tank's Daymond John published "Rise and Grind" earlier this year and then joined Chelsea Krost for a TwitterChat, I new it was a must read.

Authentic insightful and inspiring, Daymond weaves the journey of his rags to riches tale along a path of themes. He then introduces others who provide greater depth and perspectives of those themes by sharing t
Tresha Mcfadden
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a great addition to Mr. Damon John's first book " The Power of Broke" I love how the in the book the author lets you know that you can be successful if you work hard. Mr. Damon John also lets you know that it will not be easy there will be bumps in the road you just have to keep going. He quote " 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." This book is ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I heard about this book on a podcast. I think it was an episode of How I Built This. I was really impressed with Damon John’s story so I thought I would check out this audiobook. The individual profiles were definitely inspiring, but I think I would have enjoyed the presentation with a more experienced voice actor. His presentation was pretty choppy at times and just didn’t flow the way some other authors tell stories. I listen to a LOT of audio from podcasts to audiobooks to NPR, so my ear is t ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked Daymond John’s writing style - it felt as though you were having a conversation with him and he was not arrogant but rather coming from a place of helping the reader find what is best for their routine. I also liked the glimpses into the lives of a variety of different types of successful people but definitely liked the people earlier in the book much more than later in the book. I thought the people featured in the first half had more to offer than those in the second half and that a fe ...more
Marcus Hill
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the varying principles & numerous interviews.

I felt Daymond did a good job of using a similar style as Power of Broke but still got great and different details from each story.

He also did a good job of pooling from people of varying backgrounds: moms, TV hosts, serial entrepreneurs, musicians, etc.

That provided a realistic view of how anyone can accomplish their goals despite their background.
Daniel Fell
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
If you're looking for really new ideas, this book probably isn't going to deliver. Motivational books like this tend to have a lot of the same themes and generalities about working harder and smarter. But it's enjoyable enough and a lot like exercise - it's not about doing it once. To get the benefits of motivational books, you really have to hear these themes over and over anyway, so I don't mind a slightly new take.
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