“One Of My Favorite Stories Is About A Fisherman From Kenya” An Inspiring Conversation with Shark Ta
I had the pleasure to interview Daymond John. Daymon is the Founder and CEO of FUBU and co-star of ABC’s Emmy Award winning Shark Tank. After being invited to a hearing mission by Starkey Hearing Foundation a few years ago, Daymond John realized that he himself had hearing loss. Daymond has since been an avid supporter of Starkey Hearing Foundation as well as a passionate spokesperson advocating for those with hearing loss.
What is your backstory? I am the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand. I am now in my ninth season on the three-time Emmy award-winning series Shark Tank.
In 2015, I was named a presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and was part of an exclusive group who joined President Obama at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Kenya, and traveled with the president on his historic trip to Cuba in March 2016.
In 2017 I launched the creative executive co-working space, blueprint+co. Its mission is to educate and empower by building a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that can benefit from his resources and track record of success.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
I was encouraged by a friend to get an executive physical in 2016, something I had never done before. Test results from that physical showed a mass on my thyroid. I had surgery in early 2017 and test results confirmed Stage 2 cancer. Because I got this physical and detected this mass on my thyroid early on, I am lucky enough to say that I am cancer free today.
Look, I’m an entrepreneur and always had the same mentality that so many others have. I put the business first, and myself and my health last. But, as someone who speaks to and consults executives and entrepreneurs on a daily basis, I felt compelled to share my story. I have made it my mission to educate people not only on early detection and awareness, but on prioritizing their health and wellbeing.
I just want to share my story to empower people to take control of their health. This is something we all have to be diligent about.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Please tell us about your work with Starkey Hearing Foundation.