When I first heard about the Daymond John Academy, I thought it was a scam. It was advertised through a sponsored ad on Facebook and when I clicked on it, it had “FREE” as the focal point of the page and the website name was “canadashark.com“, two things I found suspicious. I brushed it off and soon forgot about it but a few days later, a friend asked if I had heard about this free seminar for the Daymond John Academy cus he’d heard about it on the radio. Well, if it was on the radio, then it MUST be legit!
Before arriving at the free 2 hour seminar, we already talked about being ready for the sales pitch and that we wouldn’t fall for any sales talk into attending the full 3-day seminar. 10 minutes in, our minds changed and by the end of the 2 hours, we were confident about joining the full 3 days. Almost everything that they talked about was relevant to where we are at in our business today and where we want to be in the future so we didn’t think twice about signing up.
For those of you who don’t know Daymond John, he is the Founder of FUBU and also a well loved “shark” on ABC’s hit TV Show, Shark Tank. He started his clothing line with $40 and turned it into a multi-million dollar company!
We were overwhelmed with new information each day and Day 3 came around and it was finally time to meet Daymond in person. We were warned that Daymond is usually unpredictable when he comes to speak so nobody really knew whether he was going to talk business that day, tell his story, or just answer questions. That day, he told his story. It was such a surreal experience hearing him talk about his days growing up with people like LL Cool J and it was also encouraging to know that he started with very humble beginnings, making everything at home… just like how Herro Hachi started!
To know that he went from someone working at Red Lobster to someone who is a successful businessman today is a great reminder that nothing is impossible and that hard work will take you places. Before he left, he said.. “If you stop swimming, you die…