Rise and Grind

Rise and Grind

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

By Daymond John with Daniel Paisner

There are few things I love more than when someone gives me a book. That’s what happened a few nights ago when I attended a talk by Miko Branch and Daymond John. Those who attended in person were given a copy of Daymond John’s latest book, “Rise and Grind”. So it became my next book to read and review.

The subtitle of the book really says it all. “Outperform, Outwork, Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life”. The underpinning idea of “Rise and Grind” is to do what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals. True to Daymond’s form, he uses the examples of people he knows or people he has worked with to illustrate the point he trying to get across instead of just writing about himself. For some people, rising and grinding is getting up early, working hard, and going to bed late. For one example, he wakes up and then just lays there in bed, thinking. For another, it’s finding places where he can sit quietly and observe the world. And for Daymond John, it’s working every spare second, even when he’s out having fun at the club.

As he did in his book “The Power of Broke,” Daymond gives an acronym to illustrate what it means to rise and grind. His GRIND points are as follows:

G-Get on it

R-Repeat

I-Insist

N-Navigate

D-Desire, Drive, Determination

These points are a recurring theme throughout the book as Daymond talks about some of his friends and how they embody the GRIND. Every person in “Rise and Grind” is a success in their own way. None of them are exactly alike, just as none of them have the same way of grinding. This to me is one of the biggest advantages of this book. Too often the perception of grinding, and entrepreneurship in general, is that you have to burn the candle at both ends, you have to be up by 4:00 am, work out for two hours, work until midnight (skipping lunch of course), and then doing it all over again. That’s not what Daymond is trying to get across.

In fact, Daymond made sure he addressed the recharge aspect of grinding. Anyone can keep a grind going for a short time, but to succeed in the long-term, it is important to recognize that a car can’t run very far on an empty tank. Rising and grinding must include relaxing and recharging. Just like the grind is different for everyone, recharging is different for everyone. One person might hit the gym while another might sit in a tree while another might work in a garden.

Overall, I believe this book to be really well-rounded. I appreciated that Daymond didn’t just write a book about how you must work hard. Everyone knows that they need to work hard if they are going to meet their goals. Instead, Daymond wrote a book that inspired me to keep up my grind, even though my grind looks different from his. Near the end of the book, Daymond once again lists his GRIND points and then invites every reader to come up with their own that speaks to them personally. To that end, here are my GRIND points:

G-Go and serve.

R-Reflect.

I-Inspire.

N-Knowledge

D-Do it.

This is a good book and one that I am glad to now have on my shelf. I recommend this one to anyone who needs the inspiration to start or keep up their grind.

 

*Update 11/12/2018*

Near the end of the book, Daymond John requests that each reader come up with their own GRIND points (as is talked about above) and then he requests each reader to list their GRIND points and tag him on Twitter or Instagram to start a conversation about it. Bites of Wealth does not recommend this as Bites of Wealth did it and there was no response whatsoever from Daymond John. So there is likely no conversation about the GRIND and the reader is advised not to waste their time. However, the recommendation of the book itself still stands.

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