With a personal and powerful foreword by legendary civil rights leader, Ambassador Andrew Young, Bryant introduces for the first time the inspiring story of his own rise from humble beginnings and shows how individually we can change our mindset from survivor to thriver and move beyond just getting by to becoming wildly successful.
In Up From Nothing, John Hope Bryant charges that by ensuring every stakeholder in America has access to the Five Pillars of Success; massive education, financial literacy, strong family structure, self-esteem, and supportive role models, that we can fulfill the promise of America’s greatness. Bryant challenges that America is still the Land of Opportunity but we must turn away from distractions, such as political in-fighting or racial and class divisions, and focus on what we can control.
“In my view the timing of this book could not be more poignant, given the disruptive events of 2020; from a global health pandemic, to an economic crisis here at home, to and a 400 year old social justice reckoning for Black America. But now we must face all of these challenges in real time, and to frame and forge a make-sense strategy going forward that includes all of us. If there was ever a time for an Up From Nothing story, and a business plan for the success of all of us — it is now” said John Hope Bryant.
The main focus of this book is to help reframe and retrain the mindset of a generation of strivers, from their struggling mindset (often passed down from generation to generation and unconsciously ‘taught,’ from childhood for far too many), to that of a winning mindset. A winner, believed that they were a winner, before they ever won anything.
This winning mindset provides the reader with the necessary personal resiliency to ‘make it’ in America 2020 and beyond. It is also the one prerequisite for building anything, be that personal wealth, a new business or enterprise or best in class organization, an effective government, a community, a family, or even just the best version of yourself. Even if recent events of 2020 prove to be a catalyst for necessary change, without a shift in mindset for those who stand to benefit the most, nothing will change.
Heralded by government, business and community leaders alike, here are some of the select endorsements:
“In this time of change and uncertainty, John Hope Bryant’s fundamental optimism and clear vision are necessary and inspiring. He challenges us to renew our commitment to the American Dream and create inclusive opportunity for all Americans. John’s voice is essential to our national dialogue on how we build the future. “ - Dan Schulman, President & CEO, PayPal
John Hope Bryant brings the lofty ideals of the American dream within the reach of those who have been left out, looked over and locked out of its acquisition. His latest literary deposit, UP FROM NOTHING - The Untold Story of How We All Succeed, will inspire you, but greater still, it will impart to you the tools necessary to greatly enhance your impact! - Bishop T. D. Jakes, C.E.O., TDJ Enterprises, LLP, New York Times best-selling Author
"Sometimes it can be hard to really understand the plight of others when your personal experiences have been vastly different. It is difficult to know what is unseen. John Hope Bryant has lived many different lives, and is successful in a diverse number of social and economic circles, which he shares in "Up From Nothing". This book will help to widen perspectives, and narrow the differences between us. John is amazing and so inspiring, and the book is both well-timed and relevant. - Susie Buffett. Chair, Sherwood Foundation
About John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest non-profit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the U.S.
John Hope Bryant is named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “The Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans of 2020”, and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Admired CEOs” in 2018, American Banker magazine's 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future." The last five United States Presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to three past sitting U.S. Presidents from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Bryant also received an honorable mention in Inc. magazine’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” article that spotlights global servant leaders as the visionaries behind some of the most successful organizations.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since its inception in 1992, HOPE, a global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, has empowered more than 2 million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. It has recruited a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and helped raise average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period. It currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. Currently HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its "silver rights" mission to make free enterprise work for everyone. To learn more about Operation HOPE visit www.operationhope.org, follow our Twitter: @operationhope, and like us on Facebook: Operation HOPE.