‘Shark Tank’ Star Daymond John Calls Work/Life Balance the ‘Toughest Thing’ and Suggests This 1 Tip To Achieve It
Daymond John of Shark Tank has more than a full plate. As the CEO and Founder of FUBU, his partnership with dozens of businesses, and a seat on the panel in the Tank, John still manages to make time for family and friends. The fashion mogul utilizes a practical approach when it comes to striking a professional and personal balance.
Daymond John learned from his first marriage
Married to Heather Taras since 2018, John welcomed daughter Minka in 2016 when the two were engaged. The Shark Tank star also has two daughters, Yasmeen and Destiny, from his first marriage. John recognizes firsthand the issues success can sometimes cause. While building his FUBU empire to $6 billion, his wife at the time felt deserted at home with their two children.
She “literally saw me on TV more than she saw me in person,” John told CNBC Make It in 2016 of his first wife. “I was in commercials all the time and other than that I was hanging out … Now I was rich and I could afford all the fake friends I wanted.”
John was devastated when his marriage ended. The divorce made him realize what was truly important, where the Shark Tank panelist now makes family a priority.
‘Shark Tank’ star reflects on Instagram
In a heartfelt post John wrote last year, he described his struggle in maintaining his success while putting his family first.
“I MISS HER SO MUCH! IS WHAT WE DO REALLY WORTH IT?” John captioned the close-up of his daughter Minka. “I know so many of you personally struggle with this dilemma. But you are not alone.
If you follow me, you already know that I’m on the last of my 3 global tours I take every year. Even though I’ve been blessed by God to be recognized, respected and accepted by people all across the globe, is it really worth it if I can’t be there every night to kiss my amazing wife and put my little girl to bed?”
The Shark Tank investor validated the difficulty of maintaining some sort of balance between one’s professional and personal life. Though he’s a successful business mogul, John realizes his time watching his little girl grow up is limited.
“Work/life balance is the toughest thing that we will always be challenged with. It will never be perfect and it will personally change for you over time,” John wrote. “As for me, I am going to continue to find ways to be there more for this little girl as she grows. Because when her mother and I blink our eyes, she will be leading her own life and way too busy to think about us.”
Daymond John believes in a schedule
On Lewis Howes’ “School of Greatness” podcast, John spoke of his early days in building his business and revealed he didn’t make time for his kids during his first marriage.
“I didn’t have a life at that point,” John told Howes in 2018. “I really kind of mentally said to myself, ‘I’ll get to know my daughters when they’re 10 or 15 years old, because there is no time now.’”
After going through his divorce and getting priorities in order, John says he’s now “in a better place, you know, and I have the opportunity to be able to give as much love as I can,” he told Howes. “I want to get home to my lady. I want to do the things I love to do.”
The FUBU founder suggests the simple practice of scheduling time for family and friends. Even small acts like a phone call should be penciled in to an agenda.
“Most people will say, ‘It’s so cold, I’m not going to schedule [when] I’m going to call my mother and tell her I love her or take my daughter out on a little daddy and daughter day,‘” John said. “But you know what? You’ll never get to that if you don’t do it.”
Season 12 of Shark Tank premieres on October 16!