I'm Daymond John, co-star on ABC’s Shark Tank, Founder and CEO of the fashion brand FUBU, author of NYT Best Seller The Power of Broke and my newest book, Rise And Grind. As CEO of the firm The Shark Group, I’m an investor, consultant, mentor to brands, businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, and celebrities all over the world. https://daymondjohn.com/

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supersix4our3762 karma

I sat next to you on a flight from LAX to BOS last year. I didn't want to bother you because typically celebrities hate being bothered all the time. I had so many questions that day, but left you alone. Should I have just talked to you or do you prefer privacy when traveling?

Edit: Since this got some good responses, I'll add that I'm typically shy and a bit worried when dealing with celebs I look up to and happen to run into. I worry that they will say something to make me feel differently about them. Imagine if he was a complete a-hole to me, I probably would think of him entirely different. But I will admit u could have said hi, and read his reaction / response. Thanks for all the comments.

TheSharkDaymond7612 karma

Thank you, but I remember that flight and was feeling talkative. You miss 100% of the shots you dont take.

mooseman513315 karma

Is Kevin O'leary really that much of a dick all the time, or does he save his best stuff for the show?

TheSharkDaymond3971 karma


nerdmanpap1303 karma

Have you ever seen a pitch on shark tank that made you want to just buy their entire business or idea outright? If so, what was it?

TheSharkDaymond2168 karma

Yes. I don't recall one because there were a lot of them. The hang up usually isn't the idea though, it's the entrepreneur.

Gains4Me1198 karma

Which product from Shark Tank, that you invested in, has been the most financially successful?

TheSharkDaymond1824 karma

Bubba's Ribs.

yellowtonkatruck1137 karma

How often do/did you film for the show? How many entrepreneurs would pitch in a single sitting?

TheSharkDaymond1744 karma

We two weeks in June and two weeks in September. 100 during each block.

Perdin1020 karma


As a Hot Saunce connoisseur, have you tried The Last Dab?

Also, do you think you would do well on the YouTube show Hot Ones?

TheSharkDaymond1620 karma

Havent tried The Last Dab and I love Hot Ones and don't know if I would do well. I am gonna find out.

Iwasraisedonpromises1007 karma

What do you think of Mark Cuban telling us all he goes commando?

TheSharkDaymond1395 karma

He is not lying. What do you think about it is the real question...

KriegRipper777 karma

What product do you most regret not investing in on shark tank?

TheSharkDaymond1042 karma


RawdogginYourMom675 karma

Do you not regret any of them because they’ve all been profitable, or do you not regret any of them because you’ve learned something every time?

TheSharkDaymond997 karma

The latter.

JakeDuhh720 karma

How do you plan and start your day so that it will be the most productive?

TheSharkDaymond1204 karma

I could tell you, but then you wouldn't want to read the book. But quickly...I don't answer emails right away. I might send some, but I don't answer them. It's my way of staring on offense.

yellowtonkatruck570 karma

I’m not sure if you can say, but does everyone get along on the show? Sometimes I think there seems to be a lot of tension between the sharks

TheSharkDaymond1140 karma

We are like a family that fights. But we are still a family. But if we go outside to play football, I am gonna crack your head open...

yellowtonkatruck498 karma

I’ve heard a lot of rumours that certain sharks won’t sit next to others, can you confirm or deny?

TheSharkDaymond1296 karma

Total BS.

cybrprogrammer529 karma

What is your advice to a high school student who aspires to be an entrepreneur? How do you get noticed by people and what did your high school career look like? Thank you!

TheSharkDaymond1127 karma

Go to college and do the best you can there to learn the basics of business. Get internships in the areas you want to work in and out hustle the people around you.

dragondadd497 karma

Love the show! Can you elaborate on the hot sauce connoisseur bit?

TheSharkDaymond738 karma

I am expert. What else can I say...

scotch-o452 karma

What's the last nice thing you said to a stranger?

TheSharkDaymond712 karma

I forgave Daniel Cormier for being a poor sport on my Instagram story. I don't know him so I am going to say that counts.

Criblu366 karma

What realistic steps can a youth from a lower income area take to separate themselves as a viable candidate for jobs and opportunities normally reserved for the more privileged in our society?

TheSharkDaymond812 karma

Start by not marginalizing yourself. Set your goals for what you want and then do whatever it takes to get them. Be willing to outwork your competition, no matter where you come from or where they come from. That's why I wrote this book. To show what it looks like to do what it takes to get ahead. To get beyond the catch phrases.

suaveitguy366 karma

How can an entrepreneur find a way to pitch their ideas, without fear of getting the ideas ripped off by the people they pitch?

TheSharkDaymond414 karma

It depends on the idea and if it is pattanable or trademarked.

meyowmeow331 karma

Have you ever suffered from depression and if so, what did you do to fight out if it and keep motivated?

TheSharkDaymond906 karma

Missing the close at Golden Corral can provoke a lot of emotions. I am human...

Sadapuss295 karma

Have you ever worked with anyone who did not get a deal on the show, but had a good product?

TheSharkDaymond354 karma

I don't thing so. This many seasons in, I am just focusing on the companies I invested in from the show.

suaveitguy294 karma

What is the weirdest trait of super-rich, old money people?

TheSharkDaymond811 karma

Not sure. I will let you know when I do my AMA and I am old.

BugOnARockInAVoid264 karma

What time do you get up in the morning/what is your morning routine?

TheSharkDaymond834 karma

I wake up. I dont read emails right away. It's a mindset of offense vs defense. Replying to emails starts your day on defense, forced to problem solve for others. I send out emails and start my day on offense. Then I work out and get the hard part done so I can be fresh and adrenalized for the day. The book speaks to that. What are people's methods in their first 90 mins and last 90 mins of the day.

StartupChild169 karma

How do I take the next step in an industry that seems "too big" to ever fully understand?

TheSharkDaymond315 karma

Find one area in that business that appeals to you and focus on it. Find another area of that business that feels hard and focus on that more.

suaveitguy166 karma

Jobs or Woz?

TheSharkDaymond547 karma


iamprivate146 karma

Top 5 favorite hot sauces?

TheSharkDaymond258 karma

In no particular order...Franks, Tobasco, Red Hot, Scorned Woman and Hand Made from Trinidad.

JakesBoolin120 karma

How can I find business mentors that can help me build my career?

TheSharkDaymond287 karma

They are all around you. You don't need to have a mentor who is an old guy with a long white beard. Find classmates, business owners or anyone has something you aspire for in any way.

TheSharkDaymond257 karma

Look for people who have what you want. And then learn from them. They are everywhere. Classmates, friends, business owners and more.

B4UGOTHERE119 karma

I have maybe 4-5 good invention ideas, but no money to build them properly. How interested are investors in inventions, with good appeal, but no proof of concept?

TheSharkDaymond215 karma

You will have to work hard to make sure all the skeptics questions can be answered. And then make sure the investor wants to invest in you as much as you want them to invest in the product.

suaveitguy117 karma

Is it your experience that people who earned their wealth are usually more down-to-earth and appreciate their employees, and people that inherited their wealth don't have the same humility and often see employees more like leeches who owe them?

TheSharkDaymond296 karma

I think that is a good assessment, but not 100 out of 100. I know lots of people who inherited money and then dedicated their lives to philanthropy and using that money to make lives better for others.

fckdafreeworld90 karma

How did you venture into Bombas? I would imagine branded socks isn’t an exciting project.

TheSharkDaymond140 karma

They had a new concept on it that really worked for me and I loved that they were so focused on giving back.

NiftyAF64 karma

Hottest hot sauce you've ever had?

TheSharkDaymond160 karma

Hand Made from Trinidad. But we dont call it hot sauce, we call it peppa.

kevoove64 karma

How did you overcome the hardest challenge in your life?

TheSharkDaymond159 karma

Meeting it head on. Started by setting goals. And then read them every day to make sure I stuck to them.

yellowtonkatruck46 karma

Who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl?

TheSharkDaymond380 karma

As soon as I find out who is playing, I will let you know... Probably the Coors Light commercial to be better than the Pepsi commercial.

112358881 karma

Do you have a person philosophy in life? If so, could you sum it up into a single sentence?

What's the best advice you've ever been given?

What's the lowest point you have ever been in your life, and how did you go about finding your way back to the top again?

What jobs/fields of study do you think have the most earning potential between now and the next 20 years?

Big fan. Hope you see this. Thanks for your time and consideration!

TheSharkDaymond3 karma

My philosophy is Rise and Grind. I feel strongly about that philosophy that I developed a book around it.

Lowest points have been the times I have had to close my businesses. But those also turned out to be inspirational moments where I could learn...not only in the moment but lessons I could use later in life.

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TheSharkDaymond5 karma

I helped put them into business.