Confession time: I’ve never seen an episode of shark tank, yet, I’ve heard it referenced numerous times.
The most obvious visual for shark tank is a shark. What else do I think of when I think shark? Jaws.
That’s how I’ll link John with Jaws for Daymond John. He’s the author of “The Power of Broke” among other best selling titles.
He’s also the founder of brand FUBU.
The Quote From Childhood That Stuck
Let’s use Daymond’s first name for a quote that came from his parents:
Your day job is your homeworkDaymond’s Parents
I hope this link is obvious enough. I’ve heard from other sources I can’t recall right now the idea that you earn while you learn.
For me, this is a mindset shift and it totally flips the idea of work as benign something you have to do into something you get to do.
Here’s a concrete example.
Cleaning as Homework? You Better Believe it!
Currently, I work as a cleaner. I work two shifts each day for 6 days per week for a grand total of 13 hours.
While I’m working, I’m permitted to use an audio device. That’s means I can listen to the books/podcasts of those role models who inspire action from me.
You might say, “that’s fine Brent, but the job isn’t teaching you much.”
Au contraire my friend, as I am learning to organise and make processes and procedures more effective.
Take Blue Ocean Strategy’s way to manage resources: identify the hotspots and put excess resources into that. Smell Pareto’s Law at it again?
So the work is repetitive but it’s a wonderful opportunity to get clear and explicit on roles and responsibilities which is something business owners and manager do in successful companies.
On The Importance of Diversity
While we’re on the subject of work, let’s use that for workplace diversity.
Daymond mentions that his time as a foot messenger have him great exposure to a wide range of people. In turn, this exposure made him see opportunity.
My time as a cleaner is doing the same. What a wonderful way to come across different people and have conversation to understand their pain points and what matters.
The Cure For Credibility
Money is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.Source unknown but heard many times.
This is one of Daymond’s favourite quotes and is the seed for his next aphorism: sales cure all.
You can offer your opinion and you can talk a good story, but you can’t make up facts.
Well, maybe unless you refer to “true facts.”
What Daymond is getting at here is the importance of gathering evidence. The result of this is an increase in credibility and reputation.
Make sales, and the numbers will do the talking.
Hmm, but how to make sales? In short, offer value to as many people as possible. Even start for free. Just start to offer value.
Ready, Set Goals! The Goal Setting Secret Sauce
Lastly, let’s link the numbers game to the goals of football. The more on your side the more you win.
But that’s not the key point here, that’s just my link.
The key point is that Daymond goes over his 10 or so goals daily. They each have an expiration date and are reviewed each six months.
This practice is in alignment with Tony Robbins and even William Whitecloud with his “choices” method.
The key to goal setting is to have enough leverage to strive for it.
You’re either inspired by it or it’s coming from a source of complete despair.
When paired with the identity you wish to embody, the goal is sustainable as you’re developing habits over reaching a fixed point.
This is the approach James Clear mentions in Atomic Habits.
Goals on their own. They don’t work. That’s why you must pair goals with ensuing action.
That’s why Daymond reviews his goals daily. It’s front and centre in his mind, which will allow him to seize upon opportunity for the day.
Currently, I revisit my goals weekly. They are in my mind through the week, but I can definitely up my game.
I use Trello to manage my life’s identity and goals.