Inspirational Quote …
from Daymond John

Daymond Garfield John (born February 23, 1969) is an American businessman, investor, television personality, author, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, and appears as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. Based in New York City, John is the founder of The Shark Group. He has a net worth of 250 million, according to 2016.

“When looking at trends I always ask myself basic and timeless questions about business, and the one I seem to always come back to is, ‘How is this different than anything else in the marketplace?”

As a traveling sales rep, I was fortunate to see first-hand the newest trends in the gift industry.  In addition, I would often hear from store buyers what their customers were asking for or see a place in the market for a need that was not being met.

Armed with the information I heard and saw, I would go to one of my vendors, share with them what I discovered and often a new successful product would be created.

Even when I no longer traveled to my retail buyers, I attended the local gift shows or wholesale markets to get ideas.  In addition to the sales and contacts made at a wholesale show, it is a great place check out the trends.

In agreement with Daymond on my desire to educate myself and others,  want to close this with one last quote:


“If you don’t educate yourself, you’ll never get out of the starting block because you’ll spend all your money making foolish decisions.”