John Hope Bryant

Bestselling business leadership author and philanthropic entrepreneur


If first you don't succeed…

A friend sent me this note recently, but in reality it is my life battle cry. This is what I am built with and by — tenacity. Stick-to-it-ness. The magic of compounded hustle. Persistence. I just never give up. You shouldn't either.

If I had to give just one piece of advise to young people today, it would be to never, ever give up. And to believe in yourself. Or put another way, I believe that half of success in life is absolute self-confidence, self-esteem and self-love (it is also an attractive trait to have for the opposite sex, devoid of course of arrogance and over-confidence, which is really insecurity), followed by a commitment to genuine relationship building (not networking. For the love of God, please, no 'networking'), persistence — and of course, substance is right in there too. But I must tell you, at the upper reaches of the success ladder, substance and competence are assumed.

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