Daymond John

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While Daymond John is known today for striking deals as an investor on “Shark Tank” and launching the clothing brand FUBU (also known as For Us, By Us), his early entrepreneurial days were extremely humble. 

“I never knew anything other than wanting to be an entrepreneur,” the New York native told Business Insider.

In grade school, he scraped the paint off pencils and customized them with the customer’s name for a fee.

At age 10, his parents divorced, and from that point on, he was raised by his mom alone.

“We went from middle class to poor,” John told Business Insider. “I became the man of the house and started working at that age.” He handed out flyers in his neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, for $2 an hour.

After getting by in high school — John spent years struggling with reading and writing, only to be diagnosed with dyslexia much later in his adult life — he waited tables at Red Lobster in the early 1990s.

One day, his mom said to him, “Listen, you’re going to have to figure out what you’re doing the rest of your life, one way or another.” He told …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy


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