Recent John Hope Bryant Blog Posts

 Real love is courage, and personal courage is nothing more than your faith, reaching through your fear, displaying itself as action in your own life.”

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“Real love, is showing love, when you feel like being loving the least.”  BGV Logo

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Your First Love — Valentine’s Quote of the Day

“You must become your own, first Valentine’s Day statement of love.  Because if I don’t love me, I cannot love you. It’s impossible. If I don’t respect or life me, I’m not going to respect or like you. All love for others, starts with a fundamental love for yourself, very deep in your own soul. Commit to loving yourself first — and then give it away, from that point. John Hope... read more

“Rainbows only follow storms. It’s a scientific fact, that you cannot have a rainbow, without a storm first.” John Hope Bryant

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“Rainbows only follow storms. It’s a scientific fact, that you cannot have a rainbow, without a storm first.” John Hope Bryant

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“Rainbows only follow storms. It’s a scientific fact, that you cannot have a rainbow, without a storm first.” John Hope Bryant

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Bryant@50: My Best Advise — So Called ‘Fancy Folks’ Don’t Count. 

Bryant@50: My Best Advise — So Called ‘Fancy Folks’ Don’t Count. 

This morning I wrote what I believe to be an important piece for LinkedIn Influencers, entitled My Best Adult Life Lesson. Fancy Doesn’t Count.  Essentially I said, don’t be impressed or moved by all of these folks who walk around ‘impressed with themselves,’ and bragging about whatever college degree they attained. They don’t matter, and their degrees alone, don’t count. Read the complete piece below, share with your friends, and let me know what you think.  My Best Adult Life Lesson. Fancy Doesn’t Count The greatest lesson I ever learned as a budding entrepreneur growing up, and as a leader of my own life today, is fancy doesn’t count.   An expensive advanced degree from a fancy university, alone, doesn’t count.  I speak regularly at major universities across the nation and around the world, and yet I received no more than a GED degree from Santa Monica High School (something comedian Chris Rock calls, a ‘Good Enough Diploma’).   I have an honorary doctorate degree and advanced certificates and awards from the likes of Harvard University, USC and Spelman College, but my most significant education came from working hard, learning life’s lessons, making mistakes, picking myself up, doubling down, and then boldly stepping back into my own life, minus the drama. Read the complete piece... read more

“Remember, God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we listen twice as much as we talk.”  

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“Take the words can’t and impossible out of your dictionary.”

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Bryant@50: Where I’m at today. My contribution, to a world ‘better.’

Bryant@50: Where I’m at today. My contribution, to a world ‘better.’

Like anyone fortunate enough to reach the half way mark in this life, I reached the 50 year mark with both appreciation, and questions.  Appreciation that God has allowed me to reach this point, basically in better health than I was when I was 25 years old, and questions as to the quality of my time on this earth.  And likewise, important questions as to the mark I have left (if any) for the benefit of others ~ on this planet. And while I do believe that I could have ‘done more’ at this tick of the watch in my life, I am comfortable with our contributions to ‘a world better,’ because I and we were here.  As I look back, here are some of the professional high marks my my first 50 years.  Bryant@50. January, 2008 —Directly inspired by the on-the-ground work of Operation HOPE, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the first ever Executive Order establishing financial literacy as the policy of the U.S. Federal government in the nation’s history. January, 2016 — Inspired by the credibility and track record of Operation HOPE, and in response to a respectful, personal request,  U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the decision to change the name of the U.S. Treasury Annex Building to the Freedman’s Bank Building, on January 7th, 2016. This was only the second time in American history that a building has been renamed on the 18 acre White House complex.  On March 3rd, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation ‘creating a bank to teach freed slaves about money and the free enterprise system.’ January, 2016 — We organized the largest gathering of... read more

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Recent Bryant Group Motorsports Blog Posts

Bryant@50: Inspired by Paul Newman to Race

Bryant@50: Inspired by Paul Newman to Race

   Paul Newman, known as a major movie actor for most of his life, was about 48 years old when he first stepped into a race car (The same age where I did the same), and more than 80 years old when he won his last and final race.    Newman once said that “Motorsports was the first sports he ever found any grace in.” I have to say, this is also the way I feel about Motorsports.  Meaning, growing up I was okay in organized sports in school — such as basketball, football, even track and field — but I was never extraordinary in any of these things.   I likewise have found ‘elegance in Motorsports.’ I’m actually good at it, which of course creates more confidence, connection and connectivity, which of course, makes me even more comfortable ~ in a race car. In short, I get it.  I get what attracted Paul Newman to Motorsports so.  As if this was not enough connectivity, I have a direct connection to Mr. Newman, through the empowering work of Operation HOPE.  You see, Paul Newman’s lead philanthropy, ‘ Newman’s Own,’ actually funded a $100,000 gift to support Operation HOPE’s work in Chicago, IL, through Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Use Your Life’ Awards.  But I had no idea then, when this happened, that I would be revisiting the Newman legacy a decade later in this more personal way.  Life, is interesting. This is all inspiration, all by itself.  But Paul Newman didn’t stop with a mere fascination with being a race car driver.  Amongst other things, Newman co-owned several racing teams during his... read more
Bryant@50: Full speed corner passing at corner 10A, at Road Atlanta

Bryant@50: Full speed corner passing at corner 10A, at Road Atlanta

During the third day at Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) at Road Atlanta, instructors focused us on building up as much speed as we could, on the run up between turn 7 and turn 9, and then charging deep and fast into the entry into turn 10A. As 10A came quickly into view, temporarily pressing speeds of 100MPH+,  we were told to imagine a car directly in front of, deep into the corner.  Our goal: pass the car in front of us, deep into the entry at turn 10A, and from a sub-optimal driving line, take the corner ‘at the apex’ to 10A and continue on, accelerating up through 10B, and up the hill through turn 11 and the famous turn 12. Hope you enjoy watching it, half as much as I enjoyed achieving it. Bryant Group Motorsports  ... read more
Bryant@50: Watch me almost spin out at Road Atlanta, turn 10A

Bryant@50: Watch me almost spin out at Road Atlanta, turn 10A

This short clip underscores why no driver can ever be overconfident.  Basically, a classic mistake of too much driver input heading into a fast corner, resulting in car oversteer.  As I moved to correct (counter steering the car), the rear end of the car decided it wanted to be up front instead (smile). The good news is that I successfully counter steered, settled and rebalanced the car, and continued straight through turn 10B, completing the session and on into pit lane with no issues. Sometimes you learn best from your mistakes.  This was one of mine — and as you will see, I actually loved it. Bryant Group Motorsports... read more
Bryant@50: A full speed rolling start at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Racing School

Bryant@50: A full speed rolling start at Road Atlanta with Skip Barber Racing School

This was the first ‘all drivers’ on track, no instructors, rolling start, full speed session at Road Atlanta, on the third and final day of race training with Skip Barber Racing School. As you will see, the dogfight begins around minute 2:30, I get passed (missed a key shift) at around minute 3 or so, we bunch up again around minute 4:30 (my best missed chance to pass),  and I take a less than ideal driving line coming out of turn 7, allowing the slower driver in front of me to get away from me momentarily.  Starting around minute 5:15, I ultimately took the initiative and momentum to pass the grey racing Mazda Miata MX5 in front me of, but not before the GoPro ran out of battery life (smile). I was  able to make ground and pass a few drivers before we wrapped up, ending in the lead group of fastest and smoothest drivers for the day. A great day. Bryant Group Motorsports... read more
Bryant@50: Earning a Full Competitive Racing License!

Bryant@50: Earning a Full Competitive Racing License!

The below document, is personally priceless to me. Last month, for my 50th birthday, I quietly went off and dedicated myself to three intense, full days of race car driver training with Skip Barber Racing School at Road Atlanta. The result: earning a Full Competitive Racing License on February 3rd, 2016, three days before my 50th birthday. As I have said, I could not have been happier, prouder, or more personally pleased.  Now it’s time to get on the track. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant, Bryant Group Motorsports  ... read more
Why Race Car Drivers and CEOs are Alike

Why Race Car Drivers and CEOs are Alike

Some people do not make the connection between me and motorsports, and specifically auto racing.  But the reality is, there are great similarities between a race car driver, and a leading edge CEO. Here are Just a few of the simularities between race car drivers and business leaders: Strategy Math and physics Laser like focus Precision Courage Consistency Persistence Passion Intuitive decision making And then there is what I refer to as ‘that quite white space’ that only comes from being at one with your purpose, your passion and your core mission in life.  It happens when you become centered in whatever you are doing.  When I am in a race car, and I trust myself and relax, I become one with the car, the road and myself.  The only way I can explain the feeling, is like meditation at 125 MPH. The below video does a good job of explaining the magic of ‘clarity,’ whether in business or in a race car. And so, while I am passionate about motorsports as my chosen sport and as an athlete, it also ‘speaks’ to me, and strengthens all of my most essentials skills and instincts in business too.  And best of all, auto racing is just about the only sport where you literally cannot multi-task; mentally, physically or otherwise.  It requires your total attention. A lack of true focus, on a race track and in life, has consequences. The addition of focus requires real commitment and true courage, in life and in a race car, and underscores the true authenticity of the leader. In other words, there is no faking leadership... read more
1:12 minute lap at Zwartkop Raceway, South Africa: Driving the Reynard Formula 4 race car

1:12 minute lap at Zwartkop Raceway, South Africa: Driving the Reynard Formula 4 race car

Reynard is world renown for his open wheel Formula series race cars, and I was lucky to climb in the cockpit of one recently with my friends at Fantastic Racing in South Africa.  Above is one of the on board videos taken from a nose cone camera.  My best time on this track in this car was a 1:12 minute lap, which is decent for this track given it was my first time there. With a couple days there I believe I could get my time in this car down below a 1:05 minute lap, which would be competitive. Zwartkops is a tight, 1.5 mile road course that, because of its technical nature and tight design, tends to be a slow track.  Staying above 100 miles an hour anywhere but the long straight away is a struggle, but it was fun, challenging and rewarding nonetheless. Other videos from Bryant Group Motorsports can be found here, on my new dedicated BGM YouTube Channel.  ... read more
Mind and soul therapy on a winding country road…

Mind and soul therapy on a winding country road…

  Sometimes, all the mind, body and soul needs is a positive distraction. I had just that this afternoon, when I took the Lotus out on some quiet country roads just outside of Atlanta, ending up in a place call Tyrone, Georgia. No one knew me there, and I didn’t know anyone.  I was of course courteous as I passed through town, but a little distant also. I was not there to find anyone, but myself.  And I did, sitting in the cockpit of my street legal track car.  My therapy today was my Mansory Lotus Evora GTE, which is one of very few in the United States (I have actually yet to see another one in the states as yet). When you are in a car like this, you are wrapped in both a professional racing seat and an intimate driver’s cockpit. The only audible sound you want to hear is the constant roar of the 3.5 Ltr performance tuned engine, along with the performance cold air intake system, all raging behind your head. No radio. No music.  Just the undeniable beauty, grace and sound of a mid-engine mounted power package — all roaring and propelling you forward at the flick of the accelerator pedal.  And this car responds, when you touch the gas or brake pedal. When you drive a car like this, it is actually not about the power or the speed. It is about the precision, the sense of mastery, excellence and the confidence that flows from this car as one centralized message to the driver.  Believe. Go. Explore. The entire front end of the car... read more
1 of 100 in the World: Driving the Shelby Can-Am in South Africa

1 of 100 in the World: Driving the Shelby Can-Am in South Africa

This is me driving one of 100 Shelby Can Am race cars ever produced in the world, with my friend Mark Lauth, CEO of Fantastic Racing in South Africa two weeks ago.  Carroll Shelby decided that he wanted to design, produce and manufacture a special racing series tied to SCCA, and while the cars were given generally high praise all around, the fact that only 100 were ever produced significantly limited their ability to scale (or to get exposure and media attention) for the race class and series.  That said, the car — produced in the 1989 to 1990 timeframe — is fantastic to drive, with tons of mechanical grip and downforce thanks to upgrades from Mark Lauth and the newly designed and updated body kit.  The car literally drives better on a faster pace, while pushing the envelop around corners, than slower and more gingerly. Unlike GT cars, there is no need to bury your foot in the brake pedal once you get to the braking zone before a corner. You simply ease off the acceleration, allowing the car to settle a bit, and then point it towards the corner apex, accelerating slowly but steadily right through corner exit. Basically, become one with the car, and then trust the car. Just proves that some automotive designs are timeless.  An amazing experience, this car. The original car came with a Dodge engine, but the newly updated versions run with a Nissan 3.5 Liter, 6 cylinder race prepped engine.  I was not at all crazy about the original H pattern, 4 gear manual gear box (clunky and less than smooth when... read more
Motorsports Fans: Subcribe to new Bryant Group Motorsports YouTube Channel

Motorsports Fans: Subcribe to new Bryant Group Motorsports YouTube Channel

I have officially launched my Bryant Group Motorsports YouTube Channel and I am encouraging family, friends and motorsports enthusiasts to subscribe to the new Channel. Here is a peak from the new Channel, with me winning a race in a BMW5 Series in Norway. Here is a sneak peak of me driving Subaru BRZ at Road Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. And here is a peak of me driving a rare Shelby Can-Am at Zwartkops Raceway in South Africa. You can subscribe to the new BGM Channel here. Bryant Group... read more

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