Rise and Grind by Daymond John— Book Review

Jake Boucher
5 min readFeb 27, 2018

I just finished the book Rise and Grind by Daymond John of Shark Tank.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be this: awesome.

When you’re flipping through the pages of this book, you will get inspiration on every single page. This book does a fantastic job of being the motivating factor that you need no matter where you are in life.

You could be a 16-year-old trying to find inspiration to start whatever it is you want to start, or you could be a recent retiree looking for that extra jolt of energy to pursue whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do.

Daymond tells you his secrets to what makes him so damn successful and how you can do the same. He has 15 other successful people in this book, all with a chapter of their own, relaying how they rise and grind.


The rising may be the most important aspect of getting what you want.

How will you be able to get things done if you don’t rise?

There have been some studies that have shown that 90% of top executives wake up before 6 am.

They get up before the majority of people are up. This means they have that 1 extra hour of productivity before the majority of people are up.

They spend this time more wisely than others too. Most successful people have a morning routine that they do every single day:

  • They exercise before getting their day going
  • They read
  • They meditate
  • They write out their goals

You see, the rising before most people get up has extreme benefits.

Disclaimer: I don’t wake up before 6. I am still a college student, so I need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I usually wake up between 7:30 and 8 every morning. I spend the time before classes either reading, writing blog posts, catching up on the news, going to the gym, working on my book(s).

Waking up earlier than I used to has played a huge role in my productivity level. I get more done in that 1 or 2-hour frame than most people my age get done all day.