Daymond John's Rise and Grind Plan

Use this simple guide to "outhustle" your way to success!

From a young waiter in Queens living paycheck to paycheck to a six billion dollar entrepreneur on Shark Tank, Daymond John knows exactly how to take control of life, make the right changes, and call the right shots to eventually succeed. He combined his own approach with other leaders' effective strategies to create a "Rise and Grind" mantra. These four simple steps will help you maximize your daily routine and make a lasting change in your life.

1. Read a List of Goals

When you wake up in the morning, simply read your goals out loud. It will stimulate your brain and force you to think about how you want your day to go. It's a way to take action towards achieving your goals and it really makes a difference. Make a list of what you want to achieve and read your goals out loud each day so they will be branded into your mind and keep you inspired. Daymond John has a list of his own with a goal to get down to 170 pounds by June 1st using the following steps: lose two pounds a week, drink eight bottles of water a day, have one fruit, one green juice, and bone broth daily, and walk at least 10,000 steps each day.

2. Follow the One-Touch Rule 

We tend to be surrounded by piles of things we eventually need to take care of: bills, emails, texts, projects. Once we're swimming in tasks that we've fallen behind on, we end up wasting a lot of time trying to find that one e-mail we've been meaning to reply to, or just feeling overwhelmed by all that is surrounding us and not wanting to do anything. Living this way is no way to achieve your goals. The one-touch rule is that you touch every item only once and deal with it right then. Don't wait to act on it until it builds up with a million other things fighting for your attention. Instead, as soon as something crosses your path, jump on it and process it immediately, and then move on. It will keep you efficient and organized.

3. Find Your 'Why'

This next step doesn't require any action, just some reflection. It's actually just a question that Daymond John says you must ask yourself before diving headfirst into this new Rise and Grind lifestyle. What is your why? Why did you start this plan? What are you really working towards? What is the real driving force behind rising and grinding each and every day? Identifying your goal is a great way to stay motivated and feel powerful enough to take on obstacles as they come.

4. Press Mute on Other's Opinions

Whenever you start to see success, or whenever you develop strong goals and a deep conviction, there will inevitably be someone around you saying "you can't" or "you won't."  Don't let those thoughts derail you, just press mute on that person's voice and keep grinding your way to the top, one step at a time. Don't lose sight of your passion, just put some headphones in and keep moving forward. You know why you're doing this, so if you simply keep your eye on the prize and keep moving to the beat of your own drum, nothing can stop you.


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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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