Quotes by Daymond John (Businessman/American).

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I've come to learn that my initial investment is more about the person versus the product that I am buying into. I've also learned that I really do enjoy giving worthy people an opportunity of a lifetime.
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I always tried to align myself with strategic partners, friends, and information to help me with the things that I did not know, and ultimately, I made it.
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Mentors, by far, are the most important aspects of businesses.
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When I first came into money, I bought six or seven homes. One weekend I went to Miami and bought an apartment and a mansion several blocks from each other, which was not that bright!
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A lot of times, I can put a product together with a distributor when I go into my Rolodex for distributors. I can then put it together with a face, such as an artist. And then I can go into my databank of retailers and people that I've been working with through the years of retail, and then also manufacturing.
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My parents always taught me that my day job would never make me rich; it'd be my homework.
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If I invest in a CEO, I need him or her to have experience in sales.
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There really is no shortcut just because you have a name, or you have some kind of access or some way you can solve all the problems. And I think one of the things I learned with FUBU, you have to understand that there's really only two ways of operating a business: more sales, or lower overhead.
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I value an entrepreneur I can get behind and trust, because I know they are attempting to move forward in life.
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I consider each business investment based on concept and revenue.
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Most brands started from a strong base and kept a strong belief.
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Mentors don't have to be the Daymond Johns or the Mark Cubans. A person running a successful bodega or a tax firm in your community for the last 20 years, that person is working just as much as the individual who's running General Mills.
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When I first got into business, I made a lot of bad decisions.
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No matter what business you're in, business is business, and financing and money are critical. I would have made a lot fewer mistakes if I had more schooling in that area.
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Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months.
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You don't have to work for a big corporation if you don't want to.
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One of my business partners would remind me that no fashion line lasts forever, that we would hit the down curve eventually, and that we needed to look for new brands that complement the first one.
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I'm a firm believer in utilizing celebrities because they tap into people on an emotional basis.
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I had a little delivery van, and I did work around Queens. I was also a waiter at Red Lobster, so I was working on the business in between jobs.
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FUBU is pretty well licensed out in China and Asia. In America it's a little more of a challenge, obviously, because it's a branded sport.
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Every problem can be solved as long as they use common sense and apply the right research and techniques.
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I'm the kind of person that when I saw a lack of African Americans in the apparel business, that was something I set out to do, and I lead by example.
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I think African Americans are resilient and hustlers by nature. I think they need to understand that you can take that hustle to the boardroom, but it has to be an education process.
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I don't care if you're my brother - if we go play football, I'm gonna try to crack your head open. It doesn't mean that I don't love you. It doesn't mean that I don't respect you.
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I started FUBU in 1989 but ran out of money three times and closed it down.
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