Recent John Hope Bryant Blog Posts

Be careful about spoiling a child. You cannot GIVE a young man, especially, a purpose in his life. He’s got to find that, on his own. 

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“I’m easy to please…but hard to impress.”

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Video: John Hope Bryant on CNBC ‘Squawk Box.’ Building an Economy for All. 

Video: John Hope Bryant on CNBC ‘Squawk Box.’ Building an Economy for All. 

This morning’ interview with the co-hosts of CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ in Manhattan, New York, focused on the recent renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building, inspired by a request from Operation HOPE, the recent HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga, which included 3200+ Delegates from 25+ countries, and represents the largest gathering of leaders in the world focused on the empowerment of the poor and underserved. The interaction discussion also discussed what Operation HOPE is doing to create a path to getting a job (internships through HOPE B- Business Compact), and creating a job (entrepreneurship through HOPE Business In A Box Academies) for youth nationwide, and in places such as South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The discussion concluded with Bryant explaining how our growing HOPE Inside network of locations, mostly within bank branches, will continue the unfinished work of President Abraham Lincoln’s Freedman’s Bank of 1865, and how specifically, HOPE Financial Coaches are working with clients to increase client credit scores, helping to make individuals from underserved communities — ‘bankable.’ A special thank you to Andrew Ross-Sorkin, Joe Kernen and Becky Quick, co-hosts for today’s show, for their total and complete engagement in the... read more
Live from New York City: John Hope Bryant to appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow.

Live from New York City: John Hope Bryant to appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow.

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant will appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow morning live at or around 7am EST. During the show Bryant will discuss the recent renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building, the global success of the HOPE Global Forum last month in Atlanta, Georgia, the new generation of youth entrepreneurs emerging from and through Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business In A Box Academies, and what comes next for HOPE’s work to ‘build an economy for all’ in underserved America.... read more
Video! HOPE Business In A Box Youth ‘Pitch Competition’ during the Annual Meeting!

Video! HOPE Business In A Box Youth ‘Pitch Competition’ during the Annual Meeting!

Probably the most exciting and rewarding aspect of our last two Annual Meeting gatherings for me personally, has been our lunchtime, General Session, HOPE Business In A Box Academies live youth ‘Pitch Competitions.’ The 2016 pitch competition was just as good, if not better, as last year’s — but see for yourself.  Try to not cry with pride, or cheer with joy and encouragement — that the future is indeed bright! Let me know what you think.  Share this ‘good news’ with others.  Let’s go… John Hope Bryant   Edited with BlogPad... read more

“We will become the Starbucks of financial inclusion, opening 1,o00 HOPE Inside locations, inside of bank branches, grocery stores, academic institutions, government offices, houses of faith and other places where people flock, stop and shop. HOPE is raising credit scores to 700, because nothing changes your life more than God and love, than moving your credit score 120 points. Operation HOPE is moving credit scores 12o points over a 24 month period. Let’s go….” John Hope Bryant, founder of Operation HOPE

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“There’s two ways to make money. Make more or spend less.” John Hope Bryant

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800-CEO-READ Announces Top 25 Best Books of 2015: “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” at #24

800-CEO-READ Announces Top 25 Best Books of 2015: “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” at #24

  January 6, 2016 NEWS: 800-CEO-READ’s 2015 Bestsellers By: Dylan @ 9:00 AM – Filed under: Publishing Industry, The Company It’s been another record year for us here at 800-CEO-READ, and an all-around great year for business books in general. As always, we owe so much (if not all) of our own success to the wonderful authors we work with, and all the individuals who go to work every day to edit, design, publish, and promote their books. Our founder and president, Jack Covert, once wrote that “All ideas have a life cycle. They are born, live, and die, and new ideas are needed to replace them. The challenge of being creative is timeless.” That is apparent in the growth of the business book genre. We continue to see the industry expand its horizons and areas of interest, embrace new ideas and begin to challenge others, while at the same time still bringing the nuts-and-bolts basics, direct applicability, and immediately actionable insights the business community expects of it. As we do at the end of every month, we have complied the books that we shipped the most throughout all of 2015 to give a glimpse into what new ideas are making their way through our warehouse (and our suppliers’ warehouses) and into organizations, conferences, and the minds of business people around the world. The following books are the ones we shipped with the greatest frequency, and in the greatest number overall, to help spread ideas, solve problems, promote change, and inspire leaders in 2015. These are 800-CEO-READ’s Bestsellers of 2015. Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based... read more

Recent Publications

How The Poor Can Save Capitalism

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Love Leadership

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Recent Bryant Group Motorsports Blog Posts

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
Happy New Years World. Introducing 2016

Happy New Years World. Introducing 2016

   I just like that ring — brining in 2016. The clock has not yet formally turned past midnight here on the east coast, but to all of our west coast friends, and those friends and colleagues around the world, where the clock has already turned past midnight — Happy New Year’s all!  The most heartfelt welcome, into a new year of hope, light, love, care, grace, gifts, dignity — and opportunity for all — from the Bryant family, the Operation HOPE family, the Global Dignity family, Bryant Group Ventures, and all those people, things, initiatives, projects and actions, associated with me. So okay, as the clock strikes midnight — this is my rallying call for action in the new year — Let’s Go! John Hope... 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
Bryant Driving the Reynard Formula 4 at Zwartkops Raceway, South Africa

Bryant Driving the Reynard Formula 4 at Zwartkops Raceway, South Africa

I was thrilled to be able to drive a famed Raynard Formula 4 race car in South Africa with my friends Mark Lauth and Jannet Wood from Fantastic Racing.  We spent the day on track at Zwartkops Raceway outside of Johannesburg where I ultimately ran a 1:12 lap in the Reynard. What I loved most about the Reynard Formula 4 was the smooth sequential gear box and the balanced handling.  Below are two videos which highlight my time on track in the Reynard. This track tends to be a slower 1.5 mile road coast, with average speeds of 71 MPH, but I drove consistently above average speeds, which accounts for the decent lap time.  A super fast lap time in a Formula 4 car at Zwartkops is probably a 1:00 lap.  Let me know what you think. You can find the complete Klickr album from our time at Zwartkops Raceway... read more
Bryant Group Motorsports Build: The Mansory Lotus Evora GTE

Bryant Group Motorsports Build: The Mansory Lotus Evora GTE

Thanks to a lot of help from my friends, earlier this year we unveiled the Mansory Lotus Evora GTE here in Atlanta, Georgia.  Today we believe the car is the only Mansory Lotus Evora GTE in the country. Thanks to the passion and tech work of Sevan Torossian, today we unveil a dedicated website page for the Bryant Group Motorsports Build: Mansory Lotus Evora GTE. You can find the new dedicated Build site here.  We hope you like it.  You can also find details on the Build process itself in this popular Blog post. You can find the complete photo album (professional and amateur photos) of the Mansory Lotus Evora GTE car on Flickr here. Of course, let me know what you think. John Hope Bryant Credit: A special thank you to Mike McConville, owner of Magnum Collision, who served as overall Project Manager for the build.  Thanks also goes out to Jason Cummins, owner ofBuckhead Imports, Tony Marzullo, owner of Gas Motors, Dak Kinard, owner of CarTunes, Robert Konick, President of British Racing Group in Pennyslvania, Charles Wunof Hong Kong, who provided a lot of the custom carbon fiber work, George, owner of Difflow(provider of the custom diffuser), the team at Motorcars of Atlanta (Lamborghini/Lotus Dealership), and the others who helped to bring this special project to life.... read more
Team Building on the Track: Here comes Operation HOPE’s Mary Hagerty Ehrsam

Team Building on the Track: Here comes Operation HOPE’s Mary Hagerty Ehrsam

Mary Hagerty-Ehrsam runs our HOPE Global Youth Empowerment Group for the organization I founded, Operation HOPE, but I don’t think Mary had any clue what was in store for her when she arrived with me at the Zwartkops Raceway in South Africa with me last week. What she ‘thought’ she knew, was that I needed a sanity break.  I and we were at the end of an extremely busy and intense week of meetings, speeches, strategy sessions and engagements in South Africa, and I needed a chance to breath.  For me, a day on the track in South Africa was the answer. What she ‘thought’ she knew was that she was attending only as a guest, a spectator, a support base for me, her boss.  This is what she ‘thought’ she knew. I knew that Mary was super-dedicated to the work we do at Operation HOPE, which also means she was super-focused on making progress and advancing the mission of Operation HOPE around the clock — in country and while away from the states.  She needed a breather too, but I was sure she didn’t see herself getting one on a race track that day. ‘That was for John Hope Bryant,‘ she would likely say. Mary showed up at the track in a traditional business suit and heels, prepared to watch me drive, and to work on the sidelines.  And then — she saw her name and a driving suit set up, just for her.  Initially, Mary said ‘no thanks,’ but after an escorted drive around the track – I think it is fair to say she was now... read more
Natasha Bryant: Who says a woman can’t compete in motorsports?

Natasha Bryant: Who says a woman can’t compete in motorsports?

Round 1 at the Porsche Driving Experience There is nothing like waking up at 5:00am, climbing into a van with a group of strangers, being driven to the renowned Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham), and spending all day driving Porsches! I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I had what it took to climb behind the wheel of these expensive sports cars and zig zag, and zoom around various tracks and obstacles at speeds upwards of 140 mph. The motorsports park is on 740 beautiful acres, and I would be spending 9 hours there soaking it all up. My day began with a 7:30am registration and continental breakfast. We then went inside the classroom for an hour. It was awkward sitting in the room, filled mostly with men. A few women were present, but mostly as guests observing their husbands and boyfriend.   There were only two other women drivers on the track that day. I was the third woman and the only African American. Most of the people there kept looking at me as though I was in the wrong place and just didn’t know it. When I introduced myself and it became clear that I too was there because I have a ‘need for speed’, it felt like all eyes were on me. Thank goodness I grew up walking in those shoes, so it was an all too familiar experience. I was ready to prove that I belonged there and wouldn’t be punked by anyone or anything. It was cold that day, so when we walked outside to begin... read more

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