Powershift by Daymon John Book Summary

Daymond John wants you to achieve as much as he has, therefore he offers a helpful guide. Powershift is written by shark tank millionaire Daymon John, the self-made millionaire and star investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, who never forgets where he came from. He gives examples from his life and works to show you how to find and take advantage of chances. He is the best-selling author of Rising and Grind and The Power of Broke (like this book; Powershift). As he illustrates how your attitudes and actions may strengthen or hurt relationships, John continuously exhibits compassion for others. He has a special affinity for entrepreneurs that are looking for guidance. Readers, particularly Shark Tank fans, will be inspired by his early challenges, fundamental skills for success, and compelling case for making the world a better place.

John’s brand is founded on rah-rah, upbeat self-help advice, some shallow, some profound, some practical, and some designed specifically for business newbies and self-starters. Aside from an admirably down-to-earth approach, experienced CEOs or entrepreneurs may find little new here. Those struggling to launch their first independent enterprises, on the other hand, will find encouragement in John’s straightforward advice and upbeat approach.

There are six lessons you can learn from this books; Powershift.

Lesson 01 – Defined Objectives

Making a “powershift,” according to John, is recognizing when to press for opportunities and when to change course. He claims that failure arises from a lack of knowledge of your drive, a lack of execution skills, or a failure to identify your objectives.

John insists that knowing your “why” is a source of energy and inspiration. He wants you to stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself what you want out of life; what you want to change in your life; what objective you can reach tomorrow; what’s holding you back from attaining that goal; and, most importantly, why you deserve to succeed. John encourages you to have faith in yourself.

Lesson 02 – Represent Yourself

John emphasizes that you must establish a good reputation and cultivate a powerful persona. He proposes making a list of adjectives that describe who you are or aim to be. He believes that if you live up to your statements, they will become a part of you. John advises staying true to yourself while you expand your circle. He recommends that you start a meeting with a friendly, get-to-know-you talk before getting down to business.

Lesson 03 – Non-Verbal Communication

According to Daymon John, every negotiation necessitates an assessment and comprehension of the circumstance, what you have to offer, and how much power you have.

When we become content with what we have instead of what we want, we close ourselves off from getting what we deserve.

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According to John, defining the tone of negotiation includes reading people and paying attention to the other party’s body language. He quotes a study of over 2,000 conversations that found no deals were completed when “one or both parties crossed their arms and legs.”

John warns that you must make eye contact with everyone in a meeting, including the CEO’s assistant. He warns you to keep an eye out for people who avoid making eye contact. He is sure that looking at your phone during talks shows apathy and is a major error. John appreciates a solid handshake and encourages you to answer all inquiries in full sentences. Finally, he instructs you to perfect your poker face: reveal as little information as possible.

Lesson 04 – The First Move 

In any negotiation, Daymon John argues that you should make the initial step and focus on a common goal. He claims that making tiny sacrifices on issues that are important to your rival makes both of you happy. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on each significant subject independently. John believes that open communication puts your partner at ease and promotes a mutually beneficial attitude.

Lesson 05 – Long-Term Relationships 

Every relationship you form is important because you never know when you will need someone’s assistance. Thinking you can do everything alone is a mistake, advises John, emphasizing the value of community.

No matter how great things are right now, you should always be prepared to make a powershift into the next opportunity – and it’s better to make that move before you’re up against it.

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By being genuine and truthful in business and in life, you attract others who share your values. That is the real deal.

Lesson 06 – Practical Encouragement

Daymon John’s books read as if they were dictated – or preached. This gives his statements a breathless excitement that may come across as hucksterism from someone less honest. John’s astonishment at his own achievement inspires his basic belief that anyone from any background or circumstance can achieve the same level of success that he has. This only makes him more insistent. He also recognizes that those facing the same challenges he did want frequent, practical encouragement and the assurance that someone has their back. Both are provided by his writings; he has never forgotten where he came from or what he would have loved someone to say to him.

This makes John extremely appealing and worth reading even if you are well into your business. Everyone requires a cheerleader from time to time.