Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Talking Books with Jerry Ford, Author of 'Guns, Drugs, or Wealth' @realjerryford #blogtour

Jerry Ford is a Detroit native who grew up in the ghetto. He has been involved in and witnessed everything from gun violence to drug trafficking and addiction, jail, gang life, and murder. At age fourteen, Jerry’s brother, Sam, was murdered on their mother’s birthday. At age seventeen, Jerry’s best friend, Steven, was also murdered. The list goes on. One of the ways Jerry channeled his anger was through martial arts; he became a black belt in multiple styles and received gold medals in the Junior Olympics and other world-respected tournaments.
Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Immediately after college, he started his career as a personal-fitness trainer at New York Health & Racquet Clubs, and soon became one of the company’s top trainers. Having established himself as a fitness professional in New York City, Jerry moved Los Angeles, where he became a top trainer at Equinox. After mastering the science of human engineering, Jerry parted ways with Equinox to launch his own private training business. His clients currently include high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, royal family members, fighters, and a variety of other tastemakers. While still based in Los Angeles, he travels nationally and internationally to train clients.
Jerry is also an investor in stocks, real estate, television and film properties, and anything else he believes to be worth the risk. This is his first book, and he wrote it to help others walk their own paths to success.
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Author and Celebrity Personal Trainer Jerry Ford has authored a powerful, painfully honest book entitled GUNS, DRUGS, OR WEALTH as a help and inspiration to others who also seek personal wealth and independence.
Said Jerry Ford: “ ‘Guns, Drugs, or Wealth’ is about how I went from the hard streets of Detroit to building wealth through stocks, real estate and smart spending. I share with my readers how I began
to build my wealth as a personal trainer. As I wrote this book, I imagined myself having a front porch casual conversation with my readers. This how-to guide on building wealth will not only teach people how to build wealth, but it’s written in layman’s terms. The genres of this book are business, inspiration, and self-help.”
Mr. Ford’s book tells all that he has learned, offering readers specific, tried-and-true tools for building wealth by creating three streams of income: (1) passive income (through real-estate investing), (2) portfolio income (through stock market investing), and (3) earned income (through hard work and smart spending).
As a personal trainer, Jerry Ford has worked with many, many “big name” clients, including rapper
Big Sean to musical artist MoBeatz. One special trip led to Ford becoming an author. “I was traveling with Big Sean and MoBeatz and decided to journal a few hours a day on the trip. A few hours turned into many…and two months later I had created the manuscript for my book.”
A tragedy earlier in his life also drove Jerry to pull himself up from a hard life in his native Detroit and build a life for himself as a personal wealth coach and trainer. “My brother Sam was murdered…I miss him every day. He inspires me to get out of bed and go as hard as possible in life every day…I feel like I am living for two people instead of just one, myself.”
“Being an author was never a plan,” asserted Jerry. “I knew I needed to figure out a way to help the eighty percent of America who are poor or middle class. I knew that I needed to help the three billion people on the planet who are really poor. Of course this book doesn’t make up for the world’s educational flaws, but it’s a start. Schools don’t teach people how to build wealth.”
Praise for Jerry Ford and His Method

"Jerry traveled across the globe to train me. He goes hard in fitness and in life!"  
--Alisha Boe, actress best known for 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

"I am inspired by Jerry's principles of building wealth through real estate and stock market investments as well as entrepreneurship. With multiple streams of income, the sky is the limit when it comes to potential earning power. This book is here to help!"  
--Adrienne C. Moore, actress best known for Orange Is the New Black on Netflix

"Jerry is a beast, and I can totally understand why. Coming from our city, it's life or death." 
--Dj Mo Beatz, best known as Big Sean's official DJ

"Jerry is not only a trainer; he's an entrepreneur. He has come up with incredibly creative ways to service his high-end clientele. Not only do I enjoy working with Jerry--he's great to hang out with." 
--Marc Webb, film and television producer



Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am a full-time professional fitness trainer based in Los Angeles but I travel coast to coast and country to country to train my high-end clients. I have a deep passion for fitness and I jump at the opportunity to go out of my way to help my clients reach their goals. My clients' happiness and satisfaction mean everything to me. I personally work out twice a day, six days a week. I believe that a client can only be as good as his or her trainer. I go hard. In addition to investing, I love cars, paintings, and jewelry. I love watching scary movies and action-packed films. Finally, I love eating dark chocolate.

When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2010 when I wrote my first play titled Hope directed by Turron Kofi Alleyne. Hope is a one-man show that follows my struggles of growing up in Detroit, Michigan. It hits on all the life-changing moments in my life including my poverty and witnessing gang violence, drug abusers, and both my brother’s and best friend’s murder. As the play progresses, I show the audience how my life slowly started to get better, and it ends with me attending Rutgers University. Hope was performed in a variety of theaters including Lincoln Center. My book Guns, Drugs, or Wealth is my second piece of work.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point of my writing life occurred while writing my book Guns, Drugs, or Wealth. I realized that I cannot write a book the way that I speak. This was difficult for me because I am a listener, not a reader and I am a speaker, not a writer. Learning how to bridge the gap between speaking and writing while still keeping my voice and my intentions was very difficult.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would go back home to Michigan to write my next book. I would split my time between my hometown of Detroit and the city of Alpena. I would go back to Detroit because the lessons and pain that I have endured in my hometown brings magic out of me and straight into my writing. That is where my history is, that city made me the man that I am. I believe that every moment brings you to the next and that whatever does not kill you makes you a survivor. I had a hard life in Detroit, a life that I would not wish on my worst enemy. However, the moments that I had, good and bad, made me the definition of adversity. Detroit made me a man ready for the world. As my client, Big Sean, says, “people say that if you make it in New York you can make it anywhere, but if you make it out of Detroit, you can make it everywhere.” In Alpena, my Martial Arts master had a campsite that we went to in order to become one with nature. We used the campsite for belt testings, hunting, and vacations. Alpena is also where I started to become a man. There is something about hunting for my own food, building my own fire from scratch, and tackling every obstacle course that my Martial Arts master placed in front of me. So, I would split my writing time between these two places because this is where it all started. This is where my mind started to expand and understand that the world was much bigger than Detroit, bigger than Michigan, bigger than America.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

If I had 4 hours of extra time today, I would work out again and listen to more of the audiobook I am currently listening to called FEAR.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

I wrote a play about my life growing up in Detroit. I would love to write about my new life here in Los Angeles, CA.

Back to your present book, Guns, Drugs or Wealth, how did you publish it?

I published my book under my publishing house, Beast Publications. However, Scribe did my book design. It was an honor to work with such experienced book designers. They did an amazing job. The cover speaks for itself.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

No, I did not travel anywhere for research, however, I started writing my book in Bali, Indonesia.

Why was writing Guns, Drugs, or Wealth  so important to you?

Writing this book was so important to me because I grew up poor. Most of the time growing up my family did not have heat, water, electricity, or food. I responded poorly to the murders of my best friend, my brother, and my aunts. My response could have landed me in jail or a grave. I wrote this book because eighty percent of Americans are poor or middle class. I wrote this book because everyone deserves the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge to build wealth. With that, they deserve to know how to work on their own responses. To learn that their responses to life actions will define everything that they are and everything that they will become. The word “responsibility” literally means the ability to choose our responses. I needed to write this book because I wanted people to know that if they cannot catch up to a Harvard graduate by being one way, figure out a way to catch up by being different.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my best ideas from hiking or taking walks outdoors. The outdoors, nature, and trees calm us and bring our stress levels down. I believe that it also helps ideas flow effortlessly.

Any final words?

The only person that knows your limits is you. Focus, educate yourself, and execute with no hesitation.

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