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American opportunity is not dead. Best-selling author and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant outlines the mindset and practices that will allow us to achieve the American dream, no matter what our current circumstances are.

Facing a challenging economy, too many Americans despair of improving their lives. But John Hope Bryant insists that America is still the land of opportunity. Up from Nothing revives the forgotten story of the American dream. It's about our beginnings as a nation of go-getters who believed they were winners before they won. 

Using the inspiring story of his own rise from humble beginnings and that of his parents and grandparents, Bryant shows how individually we can change our mindset from survivor to thriver to winner and move beyond just getting by or being financially independent to becoming wildly successful. Collectively, we need to become a nation of winners once again.

By ensuring that 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 - Bryant shows how we can fulfill the promise of America’s greatness. But to do so, we must turn away from distractions - such as political in-fighting or racial and class divisions - and focus on what we can control. This is not an audiobook of tips on how to get a better job or make more money. It’s about adopting a new way of thinking that will do all that for us and more. Up from Nothing is the new (old) business plan to keep us winning as a country.

©2020 John Hope Bryant (P)2020 John Hope Bryant

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Life Changing!!!

Absolutely life changing! Earth rattling!!! It’s not about black or white, it’s about green. I’m forever moved forward because of the wisdom in this book. Forever grateful. Give this book to everyone you can. Whether you like them or not. This is the bridge of unity you hear so much about. It exists!

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  • 03-30-21

I'm Ready. Are you?

Lets set out on a brand new business plan. The author makes a great case to truly make America great again.

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Purpose this book!

Great book and story! John Hope Bryant is a role model and mentor for me. I really appreciate the fact that he is transparent about his journey and the blueprint for entrepreneurial success.

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Awesomeness

The most dangerous person is a person with out hope. The best quote ever, Thrive

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Uplifting and Forward Thinking

This book speaks to me in a language I understand. No matter the circumstances, all I can control is me. Fighting to change the behavior of others keeps me from actually helping the people I want to help. I love how John did not discount the state of affairs in America. He simply said, yes, all the bad things going on are true. Now let's be about the business of wealth building so we can improve our lot economically, which ultimately improves our lot socially and culturally.

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Good nuggets!

My husband and I listened to this together after hearing John Hope Bryant on CNBC; we loved the perspective that he provided.
The book provided good nuggets of information and a several good ways to adjust our perspectives. Wish he would have provided more examples of “stakes” that he provided other individuals.
Good book, worth reading!

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A new vision for US

I recommend this book to every American, especially those who ponder inclusivity as a way to design a more vibrant and thriving US. For those who have argued that this capitalistic society we call home is unfair and poses more roadblocks than pathways, then reading this book will perhaps do you some good if you are open. John’s consistent repetition that America is a young experiment, equally having a rich legacy of persons from all of the world, her color is ultimately and have always been green. That premise alone was paradigm shifting from a personal level.
Additionally, some gems I came across in the guise of more so reassurance was the power of ones network, how to take the negativity and stay on course and the biggest of all; knowing when to get out of my own way. There’s a lot more and of course each person dissects what they need to based on the prescription needed for their hang ups to push forward in life. Give it a read and see how you can apply those lessons based on where you are and build to scale.

I will definitely be rereading this book and will continue to listen to it during my daily walks.

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Eye opening

Listening is like that talk that you get from you(grandma/grandpa) about being someone when you get older with an couple hidden bonuses i like especially being an small Africa America business owner

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wonderful!

This book is so on point with what America needs today. This is a true work of art. I highly recommend anyone read this book and share with friends and family. This book spreads the word of hope to everyone.

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Inspired is an understatement.

One of the most empowering books i've ever read!! thank you for writing this book.

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  • 11-12-20

Purposeful, Decisive, You can too

my 2nd audiobooks I've listened to in a day! due to the length of it. John's perspective on presenting business as an opportunity to win is refreshing and resonated on so many levels. I'm on the journey myself and this, this will be one of my go to books along the way. I'm not American, but the American dream, the American story affects us all. No doubt there will be more John's and Jane's beyond 2020!

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  • 10-06-20

Timely!

So timely! Another great book from John Hope Bryant loaded with a fireside view into his life and success. The book stirs you. My take away was a question to myself!.... “so, what am I going to do about it?” ... watch this space!