Recent John Hope Bryant Blog Posts

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“I want you to become a businessman, not just a busy man. There is a (big) difference.”   John Hope Bryant, founder of Operation HOPE, talking to a friend about becoming a proper small business owner. ... read more
Bryant Speaks before Young President’s Organization in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bryant Speaks before Young President’s Organization in Atlanta, Georgia.

I was honored to speak this week before the YPO-WPO Great Lakes Ontario (Canada) Chapter of the Young President’s Organization last week in Atlanta, Georgia on The World on Reset: Entrepreneurship, Human Potential, My Story and Our Shared Experience. I also delved deep into the stats, facts and details from my last bestselling book, “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100%.” The group proved well worth the time investment, and if their sense of caring, compassion, engagement in life, and deep concern for their fellow man (and woman) is any indication of future leadership in the world — we are all in very good hands. After an intimate conversation that covered an almost two hour private lunch in Atlanta, the member-leaders (who all run substantial businesses in Canada) engaged in a substantive question and answer period with me for another half hour or more.  The members even asked me to bring the work of Operation HOPE to Canada, to help empower many of the underserved populations there.  We are working on this now. I spoke before this important group at the request and recommendation of my dear friend, brother and fellow entrepreneur, Andrew ‘Bo’ Young, III, who is a member of the YPO Atlanta Chapter.  A special thank you and commendation to chapter leader and chief entrepreneur Marty Parker, who is simply a first class individual, and a new friend. A collection of images from the afternoon presentation can be found here. Later this same evening our friend Martin Luther King, III also spoke before the group as... read more

“John, you tell people who push back on your approach — even if you want to distribute money like a socialist, you have to first collect money like a capitalist.”

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Thank you! Detroiter Magazine features the Silver Rights Movement on their Cover!

Thank you! Detroiter Magazine features the Silver Rights Movement on their Cover!

A special thank you to Sandy Baruah, CEO, and the entire leadership team at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce for their undying support for the silver rights movement, and our coming work on the ground in Detroit’s underserved neighborhoods, through a Detroit Uplift 2020 — which will be formally announced soon, in the month of April. Get your copy now, here. Let’s go… John Hope... read more

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Recent Bryant Group Motorsports Blog Posts

Rookie, newly licensed race car driver — takes 3rd place overall finish win at Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa.

Rookie, newly licensed race car driver — takes 3rd place overall finish win at Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa.

   It has taken me two days to digest what happened this Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.  I was given a full competitive race car drivers certification in early February, 2016, through Skip Barber Racing School, but it took me another month to work through the detailed medical exams and paperwork associated with actually securing an SCCA racing license.   Making my life and the start of my racing program a little more complicated, I was invited by friend and Shelby racing leader Mark Lauth, CEO of Fantastic Racing in South Africa, to join his Team FR-Shelby Racing Team for the 11th Annual Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race — in South Africa. I happened to be traveling there on business during the same time frame, and having trained me last year, he thought I had the talent to add to his team.  And one more request — he wanted to feature the them and spirit of the financial literacy empowerment organization I founded, Operation HOPE, prominently on the team livery for all team race cars. I said ‘yes,’ and then had to figure out what that actually ‘meant.’  In short, we had to get the SCCA, which had just licensed me to compete in the United States, to endorse me competing in another country — which is no small feat.  Furthermore, we had to get the authorities from South Africa to confirm my ability to race in the country from their side.  Everything fell in place, and on Friday, April 1st, 2016, I found myself in Free State, South Africa suiting up for a series of practice runs in a Shelby Can... read more
A combination of all of my favorite values, on display at Phakisa in South Africa

A combination of all of my favorite values, on display at Phakisa in South Africa

    People think that auto racing is all about speed.  And surely, speed is part of the equation, but far from the most important aspect of motorspors and auto racing.  Auto racing involves all of the senses, and many of a leaders most important life values.   Some of these ‘life values’ include leadership skills, authencity (with self), personal introspection and deep reflection, strategy, truth and honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and teamwork, ability to focus, consistency, thought leadership, courage, self awareness, calmness under pressure, resiliency, persistence — and I cannot say this enough — stamina and endurance.  And to do this sport well, you must have and practice dignity, throughout.  Your life depends on it.   All of these values, and more were on display on track this past weekend at Phakisa Raceway in Free State, South Africa, where I raced as part of the Fantastic Racing, Team FR-Shelby Racing featuring the Shelby Can-Am cars as designed by the legendary Carroll Shelby.  A special thank you to Fantasic Racing and its CEO, Mark Lauth, for donating cause marketing livery sponsorship on all team cars this week to the organization I founded, Operation HOPE.  Operation HOPE is active in South Africa, providing financial literacy education and economic uplift tools and services to youth and women in the underserved communties in seven provinces.    You have to be ‘made of something’ to race cars. You cannot fake it.  For leaders — real leaders — it brings out all of their best qualities and makes them even stronger. John Hope Bryant... read more
Operation HOPE brand featured on an IMSA race car at Sebring Raceway this weekend

Operation HOPE brand featured on an IMSA race car at Sebring Raceway this weekend

      I was super jazzed to learn that my friend and race car owner Dr. Tim George, who also owns the car that today powers Lotus Racing, decided to feature the Operation HOPE ‘financial literacy’ and financial empowerment brand on its race car recently during an IMSA race at Sebring Raceway in Florida. Operation HOPE is the nation’s only national nonprofit financial services network for the underserved, whose mission is “building an economy for all.”  Something we at Operation HOPE call our silver rights’ movement.   As I will explain in a future post, there is a lot of common ground between auto racing and financial literacy, as auto racing and racing cars is ‘all a math equation.’ It is psychics, engineering, math and so much more — than ‘speed.’ It is strategy, tactics, critical thinking, focus, confidence, and leadership. Thank you Dr. George, who is one of the leading surgeons in the world today, for helping to put financial literacy on the hearts and minds of people, at Sebring and with IMSA this past weekend.  The best is yet to come. Let’s go… John Hope... read more
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

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