Recent John Hope Bryant Blog Posts

“Positive energy is the only energy that will fuel your soul. Everything else, and I mean everything else, will drain you, kill your dreams, and ultimately, negative energy can and will kill you. This is a new way of ‘Keeping it 100. real success starts in your head.”  

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“How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” Continues Top 100 in Categories on Amazon.com

“How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” Continues Top 100 in Categories on Amazon.com

Two years after being published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, bestseller “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100%,“ continues to rank within several Top 100 bestseller sales categories at Amazon.com.  After more than 20 years at the helm of Operation HOPE, America’s first and only national nonprofit financial services network for the underserved, I came to them conclusion that the poor, the struggling and the middle class were missing a critical element of their success — The “Memo” on Money.   It hit me like a ton of bricks, that ‘it was what we didn’t know, that we didn’t know that was killing us, but we thought we knew!’  As a result, communities and people I cared deeply about were both being prayed upon and didn’t realize it, and likewise, no matter how smart they might be, they were not able to ‘operationalize the aspirational success in their own lives.’   Furthermore, the legacy of the Freedman’s Bank, created by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3rd, 1865, immediately following the Civil War, and chartered to ‘teach freed slaves about money,’ told me that we needed to finally ‘deliver The Memo on Money’ that we never received.  To quote my personal hero and mentor, the global spokesman for Operation HOPE and the right arm to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  in the civil rights movement, “to live in a system of free enterprise, and not to understand the rules of free enterprise, must be the very nature of slavery.” I decided I wanted to change all of that, and that is... read more
Live Video Tomorrow: Global Dignity Co-Founders, Live from Oslo, Norway

Live Video Tomorrow: Global Dignity Co-Founders, Live from Oslo, Norway

Tomorrow, Friday, April 29th, 2016, at precisely 3:15pm CET, the co-founders of Global Dignity will Go Live for their first ever Facebook Mentions Live Video session, from Oslo, Norway.  Featured in this live, interactive conversation will be: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland (the youngest Ph.D from Finland). John Hope Bryant, entrepreneur and founder of Operation HOPE from the United States. The Live, interactive feed will take place at 9:15am EST (east coast of the United States), and 6:15am PST (west coast of the United States). There will be live Q&A with the co-founders, and comments and remaining questions will be answered and responded to post session as well (for those who miss the live broadcast). Sign up and sign on here, at the John Hope Bryant Public Figures Page. Like the page and Subscribe to the Facebook Mentions Live Video Series. Let’s... read more
John Hope Bryant to speak at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit 2016, Miami, Florida

John Hope Bryant to speak at Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit 2016, Miami, Florida

I am honored to serve as a principal speaker at the upcoming Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit 2016, scheduled for May 4-7, 2016, in Miami, Florida. Black Enterprise Magazine is basically the ‘Wall Street Journal of and for the Black community,‘ and has been such for some time now. I encourage all — who desire the life of an entrepreneur, and who seek the benefits of this new Silver Rights Movement for themselves — to register and attend this important annual gathering for entrepreneurship. Just because history does not feel historic when it’s happening, doesn’t mean that it is not happening.  History never feels historic in the moment. It just feels like ‘another day.’  We are all, sitting in a moment in history. Support yourself, by supporting and attending the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. You can find registration information here. You can tell them, I sent you. Let’s go…. John Hope Bryant, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropic investor, founder and chairman of Bryant Group Ventures and Operation... read more
John Hope Bryant Statement on the death of former L.A. Police Chief Willie Williams

John Hope Bryant Statement on the death of former L.A. Police Chief Willie Williams

While on international travel I learned today of the passing of a good man, former LAPD Chief Willie Williams.   Chief Williams was the first African-American ever to serve as chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department, and really become a central part of the healing process in the weeks, months and years following the Rodney King Riots of 1992. As founder of Operation HOPE, also founded in the backdrop of the Rodney King Riots, and a then member of the RLA (Rebuild LA) Board of Directors, I worked closely with the chief and his team. I even became an LAPD Specialist Reserve Police Officer under Chief Williams for a time, using the power of brainpower, not gunpowder, to solve many of the problems and challenges we found that were facing the city at that time. Chief Williams does not get the credit he deserves for ‘stepping into the gap’ of change back then, but I hope that we stop now, to pay our respects.  And to say ‘thank you.’  A personal and heartfelt condolences is sent from the Operation HOPE family, and my family, to the family of Chief Willie Williams today.  Here is a story on his passing. John Hope Bryant, Founder, Operation... read more

“Courage is nothing more than your faith, reaching through your fear, displaying itself as action ~ in your life.”  John Hope Bryant, from Love Leadership

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More than 2M have viewed new John Hope Bryant ‘Straight Talk’ Silver Rights Series.

More than 2M have viewed new John Hope Bryant ‘Straight Talk’ Silver Rights Series.

A special thank you to each and every viewer of my new “Straight Talk” Silver Rights Series with John Hope Bryant on Facebook Mentions.  More than 2M viewers — and more specifically more than 2.2M viewers — have checked out one of the specialized videos that focused on specific aspects of life, love, leadership, success, failure, our (often uncomfortable) realities, and achieving our true aspirations in this life. A call the series a new type of ‘reality tv for grown ups,’  Real talk.  Real help.  Real positive.  Full throttle empowerment.  Unscripted, unrehearsed and authentic.  Unbought and unbossed (a Shirley Chisholm quote).  No talking and mouthing off ~ WITHOUT A PURPOSE.  A new kind of conversation.  Let the conversation — begin.  Here.  Join in. Sign up to the Video Series Live, and Like the Page. Tell a friend. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant and the Operation HOPE... read more
John Hope Bryant Quote of the Day

John Hope Bryant Quote of the Day

“The real magic of life lies somewhere between what you know, what you don’t know, and what you think you know.    Real wisdom, is knowing what you don’t know, and always being open to God’s mysterious and ever unfolding hands, in our lives.” John Hope... read more
1.8M Viewers tune in for John Hope Bryant, Silver Rights, ‘Straight Talk’ Series.

1.8M Viewers tune in for John Hope Bryant, Silver Rights, ‘Straight Talk’ Series.

A special thank you to all those who joined in as viewers of my new ‘Silver Rights, Straight Talk’ Series, which launched on Facebook Mentions Live on March 2nd, 2016. Thanks to the powerful response, it looks like we have the beginnings of a ‘new conversation,’ amongst a broad cross section of people who care about the future ‘of people.’ From South Central Los Angeles, to the South of France, to South Africa, to Saudi Arabia, viewers are locking in and signing onto to this new kind of conversation. Silver Rights. Straight Talk. You. Me. Us. Together. Thank you all for the more than 1.8M views of the Facebook Mentions Live series to date, and along with 16K Likes for the new Public Figure Page and growing daily. This movement is real.  Tell a friend. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant    ... read more

“You can make more money honesty from a growing economy, than you can STEAL from a dying economy.” 

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Recent Publications

How The Poor Can Save Capitalism

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Love Leadership

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Recent Bryant Group Motorsports Blog Posts

TV Broadcast this weekend: Bryant driving in Inland Championship, Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa

TV Broadcast this weekend: Bryant driving in Inland Championship, Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa

On April 2nd, 2016, I participated under my NCAA full competition racing license in South Africa during the Phakisa 2 Hour Endurance Race — my first race ever under my racing license. And I was honored and fortunate enough to place – 1st in my class (SR4), and 3rd place overall.  I also recorded a fairly good lap time for a first time on this track in South Africa. I was also honored to join Team FR Shelby Racing, sponsored by my friends at Fantastic Racing. I represented the United States on the Shelby Can Am team. Hope you have a chance to catch the live television broadcast this weekend in South Africa, on Ignition TV. And hopefully, it will be carried online as well. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant, Bryant Group Motorsports... read more

My fastest lap time at Phakisa Raceway in South Africa: 1:53 Lap Time.

After an unsuccessful practice session on Friday, April 1st, 2016, I took back to the track with my friend and expert Shelby Can Am race car driver Mark Lauth, CEO of Fantastic Racing.  This end of the day ‘chasing the rabbit’ excercise produced my best single lap time of my two days on track — at 1 minute, 53 seconds.  The best time for Mark Lauth and Michael Jensen in the Shelby Can-Am’s were in the 1:43 to 1:44 range, which means that I was within striking distance, and I had never been on the track, or in this car before in my life.  Not bad for my first day on the track in South Africa, and an end of the day recovery from a confidence-reducing spin in my first practice.   As noted in a companion post, I went on to win 1st place in my class (SR4), and a 3rd place podium finish overall during the 2-Hour Endurance Race on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.  A 3rd place finish behind Team FR-Shelby Racing team mates Mark Lauth and Michael Jensen.  Honored to be the newest member of the Team FR-Shelby Racing team, representing the United States. John Hope Bryant, Bryant Group... read more
Video: 20 Minutes of Hard Racing with John Hope Bryant

Video: 20 Minutes of Hard Racing with John Hope Bryant

On April 2nd, 2016, I participated in my first ever race as a new SCCA driver under my full competition racing license, my first international race (in South Africa), and my first appearance as a rookie driver on a racing team. My time out with my friends from Fantastic Racing,  and as a Member of the new Team FR-Shelby Racing — with me flying the sole flag for the United States of America. The full race will be uploaded and shared later, but this was a great cat and mouse chase with other prototype cars on track. I ultimately took 1st in my SR class during the 1-Hour Endurance Race, and a 3rd place win overall for the Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race. Hope you like it. For more on Bryant Group Motorsports check here, and Like BGM on Facebook here. Let’s... read more
Dr. Tim George promotes Operation HOPE, financial literacy and Silver Rights on race car livery

Dr. Tim George promotes Operation HOPE, financial literacy and Silver Rights on race car livery

A special thank you to my friend Dr. Tim George of Austin, Texas (one of the leading surgeons in the world mind you) for graciously offering to feature the Operation HOPE, financial literacy empowerment and the Silver Rights movement on the livery of his amazing race car last month at Sebring Raceway in Florida.  Doesn’t it look great! Below is the commentary from the race. It was a tough but eventful first race for the number 24 Eurosports IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites entry driven by Dr Tim George.  Mechanical issues plagued practice and qualifying sessions, relegating him to start in at position 19 in a field of 21 for the 30 minute Race 1. After a great start, moving up 4 positions, again mechanical issues led to a spin in turn 16 of the first lap. This led to a 17th finishing position. The 45 minute Race 2 again saw Dr George starting at position 20 of 21. This time, the mechanical bugs appeared fixed and George gained 10 positions in the first 15 minutes of the race. However, while attempting a pass into turn 7, contact led frontal body damage requiring a pit stop to repair the damage. After losing 3 laps, George was able to make up a lap and finished in the 16th position with the help of two full course yellow flags. Overall, it was a race week that saw good progress despite the mechanical obstacles. The number 24 of Dr George is looking forward to the next event in June at Watkins Glen, the legendary former Formula 1 track in the Finger Lakes region of New... read more
Rookie Driver John Hope Bryant joins Team FR Shelby Racing in South Africa, representing the United States of America

Rookie Driver John Hope Bryant joins Team FR Shelby Racing in South Africa, representing the United States of America

I am deeply honored to have been invited onto Team FR-Shelby Racing as a race team driver representing the United States of America, compliments of my friends at Fantastic Racing in South Africa.  Notice the custom USA livery on my car. I in particular want to thank my friend Mark Lauth, CEO of Fantastic Racing,both for this invitation and for branding all 5 of his dedicated Shelby Can Am race cars with the Operation HOPE inspired livery — promoting financial literacy empowerment for all, and Silver Rights empowerment for the underserved.   Standing here with four of the five drivers from the team last weekend. Operation HOPE has deep work being done on the ground in 6 Provinces within South Africa. This is just another example of the impact we are having here, there, and increasingly, inspiring leaders to ‘be different, and to act differently’ around the world. Making this honor even more special, one week after formally receiving my new SCCA full competition racing license, and authorization to race in South Africa, I both won a 1st place class finish in the Phakisa 1-Hour Endurance Race and a 3rd place overall podium win/finish in the 2-Hour Phakisa Endurance Race in South Africa. The race will be broadcast on South African television in coming weeks. Find a full collection of photos from our first race weekend here.  Like us on Facebook here, subscribe to the Blog here, and on Instagram, and subscribe to our Bryant Group Motorsports YouTube channel here. Let’s go… John Hope Bryant, Rookie Driver... read more
VIDEO: Moving from Chump to Champ

VIDEO: Moving from Chump to Champ

Though failure is natural, it’s difficult for most of us to accept and get beyond falling short. In this video, John Hope Bryant reminds us that there’s always an opportunity for redemption, and shares a recent personal testimony of moving from trial to triumph. It’s a must-watch!

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Bryant featured Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race to be broadcast on Ignite TV in South Africa

Bryant featured Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race to be broadcast on Ignite TV in South Africa

   The 1-Hour and 2-Hour Phakisa endurance race where I raced this past weekend and placed 3rd overall (2-Hour) and 1st in the ISCC SR4 race class (1-Hour) was recorded for television broadcast and will be broadcast on two networks in South Africa in coming weeks, including Ignite TV.  Times and information to follow. Cause related marketing branding of Operation HOPE on the livery for the entire race team compliments of team owner Fantastic Racing.  Bryant Group Motorsports and Team FR-Shelby... read more

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